On Wednesdays, We Craft! | Week 1 | Terrariums

How to Build Your Own Terrarium 

Walk into any Trader Joe's store and you'll immediately be greeted by an enthusiastic cashier in a Hawaiian shirt and plants GALORE. It's impossible to pass by these herbs and fresh bouquets without taking a peek (and most likely taking one home). Succulents caught my attention sometime within the past year and have buried their little way into my heart. (Not to mention they are almost impossible to kill...) 

I attended a SkillPop class last week on building your own terrarium and couldn't believe just how simple it was. I decided this would be a great idea to share with others, which lead me to create this blog series! "On Wednesdays, We Craft!" Inspired by the classic "On Wednesdays, we wear pink," line from Mean Girls -- it just fits! Every Wednesday (or two weeks -- because, well... life.), I'll share a new crafty discovery with you all! On deck, we've got pour painting, so stay tuned! 

Here's what you'll need... 

  • Succulents/Cacti ($2-$4 per plant // Lowe's) 
  • Catus, Palm & Citrus Potting Mix ($5 per bag // Lowe's)
  • Rocks ($1 per bag // Dollar Tree ) 
  • White Sand or Coral Pebbles ($5 per bag // Dollar Tree) 
  • Glass Dish ($1 each // Dollar Tree)

Let's get dirty! 

1. Pour a thin layer of rocks into the glass bowl. I used about half of a bag of rocks per bowl. 

2. Add a thin layer of soil on top of the rocks. It should be enough to cover the rocks, but no more than an inch deep. This is the plant's water reservoir. 

3. Remove the succulents from their containers (be careful with the cacti -- consider using gloves to avoid being pricked). Pinch towards the bottom of where the soil ends to separate the roots from its soil. You want to be able to clearly see the roots. There should be a tiny bit of its original soil that is left, attached to the plant. 

4. You are ready to transplant! Place your succulent or cactus in its desired spot. Cover the roots with additional soil. When choosing your plants, be sure to pick a variety of different sizes and colors to make it more visually appealing. 

5. Use leftover rocks, white sand or coral (or any other desired color) pebbles to anchor the plants in their place. You'll see that the plants will begin to tilt if they are unstable. Place larger rocks on top of their roots to secure them. 

6. Water! You only need to water every two weeks or if the soil dries. See? That wasn't so hard! You go, Glen Coco! 

Ushvani Jagdeo