Have you noticed the popularity of Terrariums lately? They seem to be everywhere--even West Elm is carrying terrariums these days. My 11-year old daughter and I are usually on the hunt for something fun to do together so we thought we would make a terrarium. It just so happened that a local nursery (Grossmans) was having terrarium workshops. For $7 + plant and vessel costs, you could make a terrarium. So we signed up.
Here is our terrarium. Notice the cute little bird bath with a frog in it? That's my daughter's favorite part.
We layered the following:
about 1" charcoal
about 2" rocks
about 3" soil
Then we added the plants. We used very small plants in the terrarium. (A mini ivy, a kalanchoe, baby's tears, and a coleus). We had to divide up the baby's tears pot into a bunch of smaller plants to use in the terrarium. Lastly, we added the mini bird feeder.
After those layers, we watered it just enough to wet the top 1-1 1/2 inches. The lady running the workshop said that you only needed to water it every 2-3 weeks. We ended up buying the vessel at Joann's--I really liked the modern look of it. I was glad we purchased it ahead of time because the ones at Grossmans looked like they were from Pottery Barn--not modern enough for our tastes.
Little did we know that there was a reporter for the local newspaper at the event and we were featured in the newspaper a short while later! There is our terrarium in the Saturday edition. Pretty fun:-)