Making your own terrarium is a fun activity and it is really simple. If you want to know how to make a terrarium with succulents then here is how we made it. Succulents are beautiful plants that don’t need much water. They also prefer sunlight moderately. When you understand these, it is really easy to maintain a terrarium in your home without much hard work.
Anyway our terrarium is with special features. It is a terrarium made out of a DIY terrarium kit. And this is also a terrarium with succulents and made with a kid.
What is a terrarium?
In case if you are new to a terrarium and do not have an idea on what it is, let me share. In simple words a terrarium is a mini garden or it can also describe as a mini greenhouse. Most of the times, terrariums are made using glass containers. With layers of stones, soil and rock a glass terrarium creates a beautiful display to any home.
What are succulents?
Succulents are kind of cactus which are resistant to drought. These small plants can well adapt to the dry environment and prefer sunshine. Visually these small plants are beautiful and suitable for indoor gardening or terrariums.
How to make a terrarium with kids
I made my terrarium with the kid. It was a fun activity and for most steps my kid involved. Therefore if you look for garden activities or DIY activities to do with kids, try a terrarium.
Here are the simple steps on creating your own terrarium. We used DIY terrarium kit from Masons Home Décor.
Things you need:
If you use a DIY terrarium kit, then you don’t have to worry about all materials and tools for making a terrarium. However if you do it from scratch, then here are the things necessary.
- A Glass container
- Small stones/gravel
- Activated charcoal
- Potting soil
- 3-4 succulents (you can use other plants too)
- Decorative rocks
You can easily follow below steps.
First add a layer of small stones at the bottom of the glass container.
Then add a thick layer of soil mix on top of the small stone layer.
Now it is time to plant your succulents.
Dig around 2-3cm holes on your soil layer. Remove the succulents from its pots and plant inside the glass container.
You can arrange the plants as necessary and according to your own design.
Then use some soil to cover the roots.
Finally, it is time to decorate your terrarium.
Use remaining gravel, stones and rocks to cover the exposed area. Create a mini garden using all the rocks and stones inside your DIY terrarium kit.
You can also Place beautiful figurines accordingly to create your final garden scene.
How to take care of your Terrarium?
It is also important to take care of your terrarium. Treat it as a mini garden in your home. As we used terrariums it is important to not to water frequently.
Here are some tips to take care of your terrarium with succulents.
Place your terrarium in a place where it receives indirect sunlight.
Water the plants once every week using the given bottle.
Remember to water the soil around the plants without watering over the succulents.
Rotate your terrarium frequently to get enough sunlight.
In this way you can easily take care of your succulents and the terrarium.
Now you have a beautiful terrarium made with succulents! And it is a terrarium made with kids. Keep it in a beautiful corner of your home as part of home decorating!
Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi is the founder of this blog which she shares her parenting and lifestyle experiences.She is a Contracts Engineer by profession and recently launched her own Engineering consultancy service Sihela Consultants.(www.sihelaconsultants.com)