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Make a Miniature Terrarium

Make a Miniature Terrarium
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Not only are terrariums the simplest way to connect with nature and bring the beauty of the outdoors inside year round, they also make great gifts.  When choosing the type of terrarium to buy or make, consider this: a miniature terrarium takes up very little space, making it even more versatile than its full-sized counterpart. They can be easily tucked into a bookcase or — depending on the container used — suspended from a window frame.

Miniature Terrarium
Terrariums need not be fancy or expensive: a simple glass jar, such as a votive or baby-food jar, will do. Add enough potting soil to cover the bottom, arrange miniature plants or live moss, add decorative elements, mist and voila — your personalized self contained paradise is ready to inspire you or your sweetheart as well as serve as a lasting and living reminder of your love.

Instructions to Make a Miniature Terrarium

  • Select a clear glass jar or vase. Glass containers in unusual sizes and interesting shapes, as well as small candle jars with lids, are nice options.
  • Spread a layer of gravel on the bottom of the container for drainage and sprinkle some charcoal on top.
  • Spread a layer (approximately ½ inch, depending on size of jar) of clean potting soil on top of the gravel.
  • Make a small hole in the soil with your finger for miniature plant roots. Gently cover. If using live moss as your plant, arrange it on top of the soil.
  • Mist lightly.
tiny terrarium Gently mist your tiny terrarium.

To maintain miniature terrariums an occasional misting of water is all that is required.

NOTE: A dry or preserved terrarium is another fun option for miniature terrariums. Skip the potting soil and misting if you plan to use dried and preserved mosses. Another dry option is to create a Zen terrarium or “Beach in a bottle” using beach sand, shells, smooth pebbles, drift wood, tiny drink umbrellas, and a tiny Buddha or angel. Add a sprinkle of glitter to the sand for a magical feel.

Shelley Wigglesworth


Shelley Wigglesworth


Shelley (Fleming) Wigglesworth is an award-winning freelance journalist from Maine specializing in maritime topics and the commercial fishing industry. She is also a certified Maine Master Gardener who writes gardening articles on a regular basis for Yankee Magazine. Her work can be found in the following publications: The York County Coast Star, Portsmouth Herald, Bangor Daily News, Yankee Magazine (online), National Fisherman Magazine, Commercial Fisheries News, Tourist News, Points East Magazine, Coastal Angler and The Maine Lobstermen's Association’s “Landings.” Follow Shelley on Facebook.
Updated Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
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