Here’s How to Make Your Own Homemade Terrarium

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You don’t need a lot of space to have a garden—you can build your own in a glass jar. Terrariums are a terrific addition to any home, and are easy to create, making them wonderful gifts. Even the most hopeless of plant parents should be able to keep this succulent sanctuary alive.

Things You’ll Need:

• A glass jar or bowl
• Activated charcoal
• Small stones and pebbles
• Little plants
• Potting soil
• Gardening tools
• Any decorative items you want to include

Step #1

Clean out the bowl or jar and cover the bottom with a 1 ½ inch-thick layer of small stones or pebbles (this can be increased for a taller vessel). This will act as drainage for your terrarium.

Step #2

Add a very thin layer of activated charcoal to keep the water fresh and fight off any bacterial growth in your glass garden.

Step #3

Add a layer of potting soil deep enough for your plants to root into it. Around 2-2 ½ inches should do the trick.

Step #4

Start by planting your largest plant first. Remove the plant from its container and prune the roots before making a hole in the soil large enough for the plant’s roots to fit. Nestle the plant into the soil and repeat the process with your other plants. It’s easiest to work your way from the back to the front of your terrarium.

Step #5

Once your plants are sitting happy, add a final layer of pebbles and any decorative items you’d like to include. Place the completed terrarium in an area with bright, indirect sunlight, and lightly water the base every two weeks.