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DIY- Mini Terrarium

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I take no credit for this DIY whatsoever. My boyfriend Jason has been going on about making one of these for AGES. I always thought it was pretty cool but the planning and research for this one- it was completely him.

So disclaimer out the way, on new years day we decided to make one together. He had looked up the bits we need and as it turned out, we had most of the elements already. This is what completely sold me on the terrarium, we literally gathered everything we needed from our flat or outside. Super easy, super fun and super cheap!


For your own mini terrarium you will need:

  • A jar (we recycled an old candle)
  • pebbles/stones (we used the type you buy for a fish tank)
  • charcoal (we used a charcoal piece from my art supplies)
  • felt or dried moss
  • soil
  • moss
  • small plants or flowers (we used off cuts from a cactus plant)
  • anything to decorate! (polymer clay is great for this)
See! Everything you need is completely obtainable. I loved re-using old candle jars for this, it always feels like such a waste to get rid of the containers once the candle has burnt out. I dunno, maybe I'm just a hoarder... 

Quick side note- We made a video demonstration if you want to watch us put our terrarium together. You can watch on Youtube here:


So, you simply start by laying your foundation of stones. After this, on goes the charcoal. We raided my art supplies for this...and to be honest, we have no clue if it's going to work. However, you need the charcoal to help keep away bacteria and bad smells. Erm... literally no idea if we've done this step right but I guess we will see! [side note: buy activated charcoal if you're not risk takers like us] 


Again, another thing we slightly tweaked. When we researched most people suggested a layer of dry moss, however, we did find a few which used cloth. This is to do with the filtration; we got creative and used felt as it seemed to fit the criteria and we reckon it will do the same job.


Okay, so now on to the considerably easier part, chuck on a layer of soil!


You got it- layer on some glorious green moss.

Polymer clay.

As much as I like doing the green fingers bits, this is obviously much more my thing. I love polymer clay. I made loads of wicked bits of jewellery over Christmas and will definitely be doing more in the future, so look out for those posts. However, this project was very much a joint thing, so Jason had a go at using polymer clay for this first time and made an adorable Gunther! Awwhh! I made some mushrooms, which annoyingly I over cooked (our oven is crap) but I painted them anyway so everything turned out fine in the end. 

About three days before making our terrarium, we made some off cuts from our cactus (you have to let the cut dry out before you replant). We popped them in and are hoping they will be able to thrive in their new home. 

So that's it! We are really happy with our little terrarium and for our first attempt, we think it's pretty cute. We are definitely going to make a bigger one in the future. 

I've really hoping we get some new life in there, I'll do an update post in a couple of weeks to see what happens. Here's hoping for a flower!

Thanks for reading lovelies.

Much love,

Katie x

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