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Make a Terrarium

Make a Terrarium
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Bring the wonder of nature into your home by creating a terrarium. These miniature, self contained eco-systems not only make beautiful focal points, they also act as a reminder of our connection to the outdoors—even when harsh New England winters force us to take refuge inside.

Terrariums have evolved from the ten-gallon aquariums that were once housed in school science labs. They’ve gone main-stream and and can be found in homes, offices, and businesses. Modern terrariums are one of the latest trends in home décor and plant and flower decorating options.

Greenhouses, florists, garden stores, and flower shows are sure to have a variety of pre-made terrarium options available as spring approaches. Some nurseries, such as Snug Harbor Farm in Kennebunk, create unique terrariums for their customers to purchase and will periodically offer public workshops on making them.

If you’re unable to find or attend a workshop near you, you can easily make a terrarium at home. They’re enjoyable to create, require very little maintenance once established, and can thrive for many years.

The supplies needed to build a terrarium can be found at most garden stores—from the proper plants to the soil and pebbles as well as glass containers and domes of all sizes. Accent pieces such as tiny, handmade red and white faux mushrooms are also available to add a bit of color and whimsy to your encapsulated arrangement.

Directions to Make a Terrarium:


  1. Small rocks or pebbles for drainage and texture.
    NOTE: Do not use beach stones—the salt from the ocean will kill the plants.
  2. Small piece of charcoal (the type found in the pet supply department for aquarium filters.)
  3. Potting soil.
  4. Miniature house plants and mosses. Ivy, ferns, coleus, and cyclamen are great choices.
  5. A glass container with or without a lid. Recycled vases and food jars work well.
  6. Spray mist bottle.
  7. Tiny decorations such as moisture-proof, artificial butterflies, lady bugs, turtles, toad stools, and garden gnomes.


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