How to Make Your Own Terrarium

How to Make Your Own Terrarium
For the last couple of months, I’ve been thinking of adding some living green inside my apartment.

You see, living in this concrete jungle sometimes need a little of relaxation which waiting for the right moment to file that leave-of-absence at work. I was so tied-up with my busy-ness, one of the reason why I put my little gardening project on-hold.

But few week ago, my friend from The Local Ninja, invited me over to join them for a Sunday’s workshop.

Sunday? It’s supposed to have my beauty rest!!!

However, it’s hard to say NO to some good friends that I haven’t seen for a while, so I texted her to “sign me in!”

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Okay, it’s been ages since the last time my hands played with dirt and stuffs.

Most of you doesn’t know that I love gardening. I have to give credit to my elementary teachers for forcing me and my classmates, and eventually learned to love gardening by heart.

Gosh, we have to bear the heat of the sun just to toil the soil, plant and water those greens twice every day!

And if my plants die, so as my grades!

Yeah, that’s how cruel my teachers are…

And I can’t complain to my parents about it because “….hey planting is good, and you must obey to get those high grades!” or if I don’t I would end up doing the whole house chores for a week (actually, I did it once and it was difficult, then I lied telling my Mom I am sick so I wouldn’t continue the chores, eventually not completing it, hahahaha).

Sorry Mom!

So many nostalgia AF but seriously, gardening is good. Especially when you nurtured it well and got to see the first sprout of flower buds…

OOhhhhh it feels so good! And those hot and sweaty days doesn’t matter anymore.

I also learned how to grow vegetables – YES deary! Even those pumpkins!

But I’ll share that story on my separate post.


How to Make Your Own Terrarium

 My friend told me that I have nothing to worry about and no need to bring planter materials.
Am I excited? Of course I am!

Our workshop was held at this cool place called Frank & Dean (located at Forbestown, BGC). It was so nice that the attendees were so diverse – both ladies and gents in different age bracket, and we also have a little gardener with us!

How to Make Your Own Terrarium

The workshop was very straight forward, and I would like to thank our “terrarium kol” for giving us some starting points how to create our own terrarium.

(I actually forgot his name, so I thought giving him a “terrarium KOL” name is cool!).

He brought so us different kinds of dessert plants, including those cacti and some succulents.

I admit I was feeling exciting because this workshop brings back my childhood memories.

And ooppss those pebbles! It reminds me of the pebbles in my Mom’s place – we live near the sea, so having these stones, dried corals and pebbles are just ordinary sight.

How to Make Your Own Terrarium

Using our own creative imagination, we started to arrange our own terrarium using those pebbles, cultured soil, some rocks, dried branches and shells, etc. And of course, we have to pick our dessert plants for our own little world.

It was so easy, and there’s no strict rules to follow.

Just try not to forget that you have a living thing inside your house.

Here are some of the BTS photos during our workshop!

How to Make Your Own Terrarium

I think the star during our workshop, is our little gardener. This little missy is so eager to learn and even designed her own little green world! Awesome!

How to Make Your Own Terrarium

How to Make Your Own Terrarium

How to Make Your Own Terrarium

How to Make Your Own Terrarium

How to Make Your Own Terrarium

I’m not sure whether I still have a green-thumb, so after our session I did a little of refresher course.

How to Make Your Own Terrarium

And here’s what I’ve learnt:


Choose the best plant – If you’re prone to killing your plants, the best thing to do is to choose one that is the hardiest and won’t be too sensitive to mistreatment (ie over/underwatering, putting it in the wrong place etc). We were told by Mr. Terrarium KOL that a few tolerant plants to pick from are those cactus and succulents, especially is we have limited spaces in the apartment.

Put it in the right place – Different plants will have different lighting requirements, and lack of light is what often kills plants. Either ask your plant seller or google your plant type to work out if it belongs on the window sill in full sunlight, or in the corner of the room in the shade. When in doubt I go for more light than for less.

How to Make Your Own Terrarium

Don’t over (or under) water –  The amount of water your plant needs will again be determined by the plant type, but in general, plants with lots of bushy foliage will need more water than plants with waxy or leathery leaves. I love cactus and succulents as they usually only need to be watered once a week. Remember that overwatering can be worse than underwatering so be careful – if the leaves are turning yellow you might be overwatering.

Experiment with pots – Try out all different types of pots – boxes, dishes, watering cans, tins, buckets etc, but make sure the pot has drainage holes so water can get out.
Maintain your plants – When your plants grown, make sure to trim them and clean their leaves regularly.

Don’t forget about them – A few times I have actually completely forgotten about my plants for weeks at a time, and haven’t noticed them until they have started to turn brown. I find that by watering at the same time every day/week you create a routine which is harder to break. When in doubt go for cactus or other more difficult to kill plants.


And there you have it – a few very small pointers for creating your own terrarium. Would love to hear from any green thumbs out there – what have I missed? Enjoy the photos during our workshop, and I hope that you’ll be inspired to create your own.

How to Make Your Own Terrarium

Remember, planting is good for our qi, and for our holistic beauty!

How to Make Your Own Terrarium

PS. Hey, I decided to transfer my terrarium at my workplace so it could be me little happiness. And am glad I did! It's been a month and viola - they survived!


Yey!


xoxo, Blair




88 LOVES AND COMMENTS:

  1. Omh looks like make a design house for cactuss... I should diy this for my housee

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  2. I also decided to change my terrarium at my house & workplace so it could bring me happiness & aleay put me in a good mood.

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    1. Yeah, now my terrarium is the star of the office. It always receives praising (lucky).

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  3. I always like terrarium and now you can build your own terrarium. Yours is nice one.

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  4. Looks fun but too bad I can't do it. Lol. I'm afraid of soil

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  5. I also have the tendencies to kill plants too. Thanks for the tips, I will find the hardiest plant hehe

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    1. I was kinda worried I might kill my plants, well gladly they survived.

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  6. I have been told that cactuses and succulents are hardy plants that is why I would like them as I am quite adept at killing plants haha. What a fun course that you went on!

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  7. Interesting workshop to learn to make your own terrarium. I hope I able to learn to make mine too.

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    1. It was a very relaxing event, no stress and you can decide how to layout your plants.

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  8. Looks fun and cool. Maybe I should make one and put it in my new office for good fengshui

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    1. Yeah you must! And its low maintenance, so I think you can grow them well.

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  9. Glad you learnt a lot. My daughter loves to plant too.

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    1. Oh that's awesome! Does she have her own gardening?! Please share us here :D

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  10. I was introduced to terrariums only recently and I got one as a gift as well. Didn't cross my mind that I could make one for myself. Now I know and I am so inspired!!

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    1. That's Awesome Emily!
      Yeah please share us your terrarium soon :D

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  11. It's very nurturing for the body too! And helps calm a person down through doing this as it not stressful and the outcome makes you feel proud of your achievements

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    1. I know right! And the excitement when you finally let them grow, and not withered.

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  12. Making a terrarium is fun. I was able to experience making one with my daughter during an event.

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  13. I too love gardening but I am very lazy to water plant everyday..though it's little hard for me but when they grows day by day it gives me immense satisfaction

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    1. Then a succulents like these plants is perfect for you! They don't need constant watering.

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  14. I would love to attend a terrarium workshop. Those are gorgeous pieces to take home and treasure. I love all of them you all made.

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    1. High five on that! Having plants at home gives positive energy.

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  15. wah.. this is s beautiful!!!!!!

    racheal_foodilifecious

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    1. Thank you Racheal :D Have you also tried gardening?

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  16. This is a wonderful hobby to have! I've never tried terrarium but the pictures above strongly remind me of a hobby I used to have many years ago, ikebana. Granted, I was not deep in mud and earth all day long, but you do need creativity there as well, just like with terrariums.

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    1. Oh you did ikebana?!
      I also want to experience doing it! Am currently searching for ikebana workshop.

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  17. This looks like such a great time! I think it is a really neat class to be able to attend and learn how to do this.

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    1. I agree. And also a good way to relax, learn new hobby, and meet new friends!

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  18. This is such great idea and workshop! I am so bad at plants but I would love to make my own terrarium

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  19. definitely looks amazing... and I would love to try making some and see myself. lol

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  20. I have wanted to make a terrarium. They seem like such a cool little plant things to make.

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    1. It is a good thing to have a small plant at home. Try it!

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  21. This is what I had been searching for. Thanksss

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  22. You did a great job! Yours looks beautiful! I plant cherry tomatoes, chilies, herbs and huge sunflower every year on our balcony. Our neighbour always say that our balcony always looks like an exotic jungle during the summer.

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  23. This is a class I need so bad, I have struggled to grow house plants in the past and these look really great and low maintenance. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You're welcome Tonya and thank you for visiting!
      Having some greens at home acquires good energy.

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  24. What a great idea. Greens are always a great idea when it comes to add some life to your living area. I love the idea of this workshop, and the results are amazing too. Great job, I hope you will enjoy your creation for a long long time.

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    1. Thank you Anna!

      Yeah am thinking of growing many planters next time and share this experience and knowledge to my friends and colleagues. It makes me feel closer to nature.

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  25. This looks like such a fun event to attend. I would love to try and make terrariums. I love how you can pretty much design the landscape to your liking. Such a great idea.

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    1. Yes! Ohh you can host your own terrarium workshop with your friends :D

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  26. Oh this is amazing! I would love to build my own terrarium, Will try this.

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  27. Wow, you really learnt terrarium in a god way and I'm inspired to make mine as well soon to get that happiness on my desk. Great effort

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    1. Yeah please do! It will give you positive energy :D

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  28. What an awesome idea this would be for a Christmas present. I am tempted to get my children to make a Terrarium for the grandparents for christmas now.

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  29. wow, I loved the way you got out of your resting zone and made a beautiful terrarium full of life and positive energies.

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  30. Inspired! That terrarium looked wonderful and I'm sure it must have been emitting out positive energies at your workplace. SHall try one for my office space also.

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    1. Yeah and you can invite your workmates to do a terrarium session with you!

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  31. You did a great job!! Looking at it, I feel more relaxed already. I love the color and the ambience it adds to your room!

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  32. Great guide! I love the way your arrangement turned out. I've always wanted to know how to do this. I think you've given me the courage try it out myself now!

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    1. I'm glad that I made you inspired to make your own terrarium.
      You can do it, Sharon!

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  33. Oh I did this with my daughter last year for Christmas... kids LOVE doing this! and the end result is always pretty and rewarding! great step by step instructions ; )

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    1. Hello Eloise,

      Glad they like this activity. Why not make it as your family tradition?!

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  34. This workshop looks so fun! I’m not a big gardener but I like my patio plants.

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  35. I loved that you learned how to make one! I want to make one!

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    1. Oh yes you can! It is a nice activity with friends and family.

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  36. I have known about terrarium for a long time and always wanted too make one for myself. S Somehow I kept pushing it off due to lack of time. It's so nice to see you pics. I am inspired to make my terrarium now :)

    Thanks for sharing.
    Do drop by my blog as well : http://styleovercoffee.com :)

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    1. I am glad that I made you inspired to create your own terrarium. Make time because it will give you good vibes.

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  37. I want to make one. It would look great on my desk. It seems minimalist and elegant. The best combination.

    www.alldayinspiration.com

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    1. That's good!
      Or you can make some and give them to your officemates, as gifts!

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  38. I love terrarium but I didn't know how to make your own. Now, I am going to try it and bring some positivity around. :)

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    1. That's great! I know you can do it. Have patience.

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  39. I have always loved Terranium and this is a great DIY! I am going to give this a try soon.

    xx, Kusum | www.sveeteskapes.com

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    1. Yey make some and give them to your friends to spread positive energy!

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  40. I am usually not into crafts and things like this, but it looks like good fun. I can see you had a great time making it.

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    1. Yes I am and I'm loving it. It is very relaxing, and learning new things plus meeting new friends.

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  41. That looks like such a fun activity. I would love to put together a terrerium myself.

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  42. Fantastic idea! I've recently made my own terrarium as well and I love it! I have few small ones too ready, I just need to buy some more air plants and cacti :)

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    1. That's amazing! Isn't it cool to have little green inside your home?!

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  43. I love all of the different plants you put into the terrerium. They remind me some of the rain garden that our library helped support out here. Beautitful hearty plants.

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  44. It is wonderful to grow the cactus yourself. I see yours is the most beautiful. Need an idea for me to grow cactus at home.

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    1. Hahaha thank you dear, I feel humbled.
      I did my best. It's been years that I haven't touched plants :D

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