Mother’s Day gift DIY: Create a mini terrarium

In a previous post, we spoke about the trend that is hanging plants. We were so inspired by bringing outdoor greenery indoors, that we’ve decided to do a DIY gifting post on creating a mini terrarium. What’s better than a hand-crafted gift?

A terrarium is a collection of plants that grow in a sealed glass container. A terrarium makes a beautiful addition to a lounge or family room, bringing small wonders from outside in.

To start, you’ll need the following:

  • A glass jar with a lid. The size of the jar depends on what you’d like to plant in it – but as a starting point, don’t go smaller than a 1000ml Consol Jar (as a guide)
  • A selection of interesting (small) pebbles
  • Activated charcoal (you can buy it from a pet store)
  • Sphagnum Peat Moss
  • Potting soil
  • Your choice of small plants

1 Make sure your jar is clean and ready and start with your drainage layer. This layer helps to make sure that excess water doesn’t stay in the soil and cause root rot. Start with a 3cm layer of pebbles and then add a 3cm layer of activated charcoal. Finally, layer your charcoal with the peat moss to complete the base.

2 Once the first three layers are in, you’re ready to start filling with potting soil. You can add soil until approximately one third of your container is filled.

3 Finally, select your plants and make small holes for their roots in the soil. Place them gently in and cover with soil. Secure in place with a firm push around the base of the plants. Be careful not to overcrowd your terrarium. The plants will grow quickly, and you wouldn’t want them competing for space.

4 Finally, use the left over peat moss to make a thin layer over the top of the soil – to keep moisture in. You can spray the terrarium with some water at this point to make sure it’s moist.

5 Close the lid, wrap a bow around the jar and keep in a light place until it’s time to surprise mom!

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