The winter months can be a little depressing, but we have some ideas to help you escape from the weather outside. What better way to make spring come early than to bring your garden inside. Terrariums are perfect for this transition and are easy to take care of. This is also a great way to recycle old containers and jars.

Here are the supplies you will need:

  • Various plants from your local nursery
  • Soil
  • Activated charcoal
  • Little rocks
  • Moss
  • Glass containers/jars

When choosing plants, remember to consider how much light they will receive. Consider which rooms get the most light. South and west facing windows typically provide the most sunlight.

terrarium-plants

Step 1

Choose a container you want to plant your terrarium in. It doesn’t matter what size or shape! Place small rocks at the bottom to help drain the water from the soil. If you chose a closed container, put a layer of charcoal over the rocks. This prevents mold from forming. You can find charcoal at a pet supply store. However, if you are working with an open container, charcoal is not necessary.

Step 2

Next put a layer of moss. (You can find a variety pack at Michaels.) Then proceed to place one to two inches of soil over the moss.

Step 3

Now place the succulents in the container. You can place other embellishments over the soil as you wish.

Here are a few examples:

terrarium mason jar

Terrarium

The best thing about terrariums is that they don’t require much maintenance.  And you can be creative when choosing different containers! Occasional watering and trimming is all you need to do. Water the inside surface, trying not to disturb the plants. Add water as needed to keep the small rocks wet. We hope this DIY will help you perk up during the cold winter months!