How to Make a Terrarium
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How to Make a Terrarium

Difficulty Beginner
Budget £10 - £30
Time < 1 hour

 Terrariums are the biggest trend in home decor at the moment and can be customised in so many different ways to suit any space. I'm going to show you how to create a simple terrarium using just a few components which an all be found at Hobbycraft!

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Succulents or cactus

Moss or Lichen 


Step 1 

Start with your terrarium or container, I have chosen a large Fedde glass cover terrarium. You can use anything you like, I would suggest a jar, open glass bowl, hanging glass bauble or glass terrarium.

Fill the bottom of the terrarium with a 1 1/2-inch layer of small rocks to collect the water drainage.

Add a layer of potting soil ontop. It should be deep enough for the plants to root to, so about 2 1/2 inches.


Top Tip! Use a paper towel to transplant prickly cacti to avoid pricking your fingers.

Step 2 

Remove the largest plant from its container and dust excess soil off the roots. Using the end of a spoon, make a hole in the soil big enough for the roots and nestle the plant inside, tamping the soil down firmly to hold it in place. Plan for approximately 1 plant per inch of container diamete

Top Tip! Play around with the arrangement—mixing up the types of plants, colors, and sizes to make it more visually pleasing.

Step 3 

Continue planting the rest of the succulents, working from largest to smallest. I found it easiest to start at the back and to work my way forward.

Top Tip! Succulents like direct sunlight every day. Lightly water the base every two weeks or once the soil dries out.

Step 4 

Finish with some landscaping. Place a few additional pebbles here and there to complete the look.

Hanging Bauble Terrariums

Use the same technique to create these beautiful bauble terrariums. I added some colour by using lichen found in the model scenics department.

Jar Terrariums

Another simple and effective way to create a terrarium is by using jars or bottles. – these can be recycled from home or bought new at Hobbycraft. I’ve added some copper pebbles to mine and kept the arrangement quite minimalist.

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