Saturday, April 11, 2009

Make a Moss Terrarium

These can be made in much more elegant glass vessels, but this was spur of the moment, so I used what I had on hand. This little jar fits nicely on my kitchen window sill.

Materials:

- Glass or clean plastic container
- Soil
- Pebbles
- Charcoal
- Moss

Put the pebbles in first, then the charcoal to control odors, soil, and moss. I didn't use charcoal, but I did made some air holes in the top of my lid with a hammer and nail. This will help control odor. Mist the moss once every few weeks, or less for smaller terrariums.

All these materials were available in my garden and recycling bin. Other ideas for plantings: lawn "weeds" such as oxalis, violets, sorrel, shamrocks, or anything on the small side. With a large container little decorative elements can be added, like coral, interesting smooth stones(Asian theme), drift wood, or whimsical items.

An elegant terrarium sold by Made by Mavis at Etsy. I love these terrariums; we had them in the house in the '70's. I'm glad to see them back. See more at the Make It Form Scratch Carnival(4/14/09)

3 comments:

Dorothy said...

Yes, I remember them from the 70's too! In large, wide bottles, I think.

Alexandra said...

Yep...funny how everything cycles back.

The Fern and Mossery said...

How fun! Check out my blog for more tips on how to keep your terrarium alive!

http://www.thefernandmossery.com/