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How To Make Your Own DIY Terrarium

Recently, I've started to become obsessed with plants. I love the look and feel they bring to a home. For a while, I knew that I'd wanted to build a Terrarium, but I didn't really know where to start. Turns out, it is much easier than it looks, so in just five easy steps, you can have a Pinterest worthy set of succulents!



01: Buy a terrarium. We picked ours up from Dunelm. We actually picked it up on a bit of a whim. It wasn't advertised as a terrarium, but we loved the shape and size, so thought it would be perfect to pack some little cacti into. The thing to remember here is to make sure the terrarium has a large enough entrance (or a door) in order to build your terrarium, alongside being relatively water and compost tight. Ours sits on a little cork trivet so that if anything were to spill out, the surface below is protected. You'll also want to give your container a good wash before you start building, just to give your plants the best shot at surviving. 

02: Our first Layer in the terrarium is some grey stones. We picked up a few colours from Ikea, knowing we wanted a layer of grey to begin with to match our home decor. The stone layer is to help with drainage. When you water your terrarium, the water will settle at the bottom, in the stone layer. This will prevent the water from overloading your plants and causing the Soil to become waterlogged.

03: Next, add a layer of soil. You can use special cacti soil or regular soil here. We used regular soil, as that is what we had to hand. You should aim to add a layer that is the same as what your succulents are in currently. Make sure you have got enough soil for your succulents roots to grow. 

04: Make some little holes in the soil and pop your succulents in. You'll want to add a little bit of soil around each succulent, just to make sure they are planted and covered well. You can position them however you want, so this is a great time to get creative and make your terrarium look as you want it.

05: The last step is to add decoration. This step is purely optional, but we decided to add a layer of orange Ikea pebbles. This was to match our decor and just add a little bit of decoration. Tom also had a large slice of Agate and a small gemstone turtle, so we decided to put those in as well. The aim is to make it look like a little mini garden, so you can add anything such as pebbles and moss to create your own little cacti garden.

This isn't the only way to make a terrarium and you can use other things such as activated charcoal to help your plants to thrive and grow. However, we wanted to use what we had on hand and so far, our little eco-system seems to be working.
Have you built your own terrarium before?
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