Thursday, June 5, 2014

DIY Terrarium: Large edition - I saw it on Pinterest


I saw these on Pinterest and thought they would be a great Mother's Day gift, and I was right! These turned out so adorable and all of the mothers we gave them to thought they were great. Cheap overall, handmade, and so easy to maintain!

My version

Pinterest Version

Mine turned out slightly different from the example, but I will explain how to remedy that so they look a little more similar to the Pinterest version.


- Clear containers (we got ours from Home Goods for $10/each)

 - Succulents (Here is where we went wrong...since this was the first time my sister and I were doing this, we bought small succulents, but not small enough! They sell tiny little succulents at your local hardware stores and nurseries for around $2...these are the size you want. Because ours were slightly too large, we had to add more soil so they sat higher in the containers. You would need less soil with smaller succulents, therefore allowing yours to look more like the sample!)

 - Charcoal (find at the local nursery) - this is imperative for draining!

- Cactus soil

- Pebbles


Step 1: Clean your clear container with windex.

Step 2: Pour about 1/4 inch of charcoal into the bottom of your container.

Step 3: Pour a small layer of dirt over the charcoal, just enough so you no longer see the charcoal.

Step 5: While holding the succulent in place, pour dirt all around the roots to hold it in place. Fill with dirt until your dirt is just about even with the top of the pre-planted dirt and roots. Be careful to keep your hand over top of the succulent in order to prevent dirt going into its small crevices.

Step 6: Flatten and smooth out dirt, making sure it is even.

Step 7: Pour a layer of rocks over the dirt, covering in all places. Again, be careful to cover the top of the succulent.

Step 8: Water, enough that the dirt is damp.

I give this Pinterest makeover a 4 star redo. I think if I were to do it again, I would know how to make it better and would give it a 5! Per mother, this project evened out to about $25/person. Outstanding! :D

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