build a dreamy terrarium lamp – in 5 simple steps!

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There’s something magical about terrariums. They take up so little space, and yet, house an entire ecosystem within them. If you’re reading this article, you’ve likely seen countless Pinterest boards of beautiful, tiny terrarium creations made to resemble small towns, wild forests, or other stunning locales.

But while terrarium inspo-pics are fun to look at, they can also spark that dreaded impostor syndrome within us. The thought of “can I really make something like this?” holds so many of us back from even attempting to start.

The truth is: terrariums are much simpler to create than most people think! All you need are a few base ingredients to start, and the courage to get creative.

ready to make your own world within a glass jar?

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A good potting mix (for this project we recommend Miracle-Gro® Cactus, Palm and Succulent Potting Mix)
  • Activated Charcoal
  • Your choice of terrarium-friendly plants: like succulents, air plants or miniature cacti
  • Pebbles for drainage
  • A spray bottle for watering
  • Battery operated mini string lights
  • A glass container for your terrarium plants
  • Decorative or polished stones
  • Crystals, small gnomes, or other mini decorations you want to add

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step 1: choose your terrarium “home”

Avant de commencer, réfléchissez au style de votre terrarium et au type de plantes que vous souhaitez y placer.

Les réponses à ces questions détermineront si vous devez opter pour un terrarium ouvert ou fermé.

Si vous souhaitez avoir des plantes tropicales qui se développent dans des conditions humides, un terrarium fermé est idéal. En revanche, si vous optez pour des petits cactus ou des plantes grasses, un terrarium ouvert est la meilleure solution.

step 2: build your base

Got your perfect terrarium container? Great! Now, the real fun begins.

Start by adding a 1-1.5 inch layer of pebbles, followed by a thin layer of charcoal. The pebbles act as drainage holes, while the charcoal helps reduce the amount of bad bacteria that might start developing as your plants grow.

Once you’re done, add about 2.5 inches of your potting mix. Make sure you have enough soil for your plants’ roots to fit.

step 3: add your plants

Remove your plants from their original pot. Gently massage their roots to get rid of excess soil, and create small holes in your terrarium for your plant roots before carefully placing them inside.

We recommend starting with the bigger plants

step 4: have fun with it!

Now comes the best part – decorating your terrarium.

You can add polished stones, crystals, small figurines, or any other miniature decorations to make your terrarium unique to you.

Bring out your inner child, and don’t hold back!

step 5: light it up

Carefully weave your string lights into your terrarium, making sure that they’re not getting in the way of your plants. Place your battery pack somewhere easily accessible.

Once you’re all done, turn on the lights – and watch your terrarium come to life.
Not only do string lights add a touch of mythical beauty to your creation, they also provide much needed artificial lighting to the plants inside.

step 6: feed your ecosystem

Terrariums need very little upkeep to stay alive and thriving. But the amount of water they require depends on the type of terrarium you have.
Water evaporates faster in open terrariums, so they typically require a few sprays of it every couple weeks. Closed terrariums, however, retain water for much longer, so you only need to water them about twice a year.

Congratulations – you’ve officially created your own little ecosystem! Enjoy watching and documenting the growth that happens within your terrarium, all while fielding countless compliments from your friends and family.



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