A Bewitching “Terrorium”
When the days grow short and temperatures begin to dip we find special ways to bring nature’s influence indoors.
Making your own terrarium is surprisingly simple and you can create to your heart’s content! For this project I decided to create a Halloween-themed terrarium which was going to be a gift to my special friend Heather who loves the thrill of Halloween as much as we do. Let the terrific terror begin! 🎃
- The material quantities below are approximations; you’ll want to adjust them to meet the needs of your own project and the size of your terrarium.
- I decided to purchase a terrarium that included a removable lid; with or without the lid the terrarium looked great and will provide flexibility to give the succulents a little air in between their steam baths.
- I found my green moss matt (a thin sheet of green moss) and bunches of colorful red and green mosses at Michael’s. I found the terrarium at Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts. I was rather selective about finding just the proper size and creep-factor of my Halloween miniatures so I turned to Etsy and scored a trio of accents from The Little Hedgerow. You can see more of the minis I hand selected below. If you order from Kim at The Little Hedgerow, tell her the folks at Home Style Austin say howdy!
- While we created the spooky terrarium shown in this post, you can transition the miniature decorations and plants throughout the year to coordinate with the seasons.
1 | Glass Terrarium
Assorted | Mosses, Unmoistened
2-4 | Succulents
1-2 Cups | Succulent Soil
To Decorate | Garden Accessories (Miniature Accessories, Stones From The Garden, etc.)
Things To Have Handy | A Craft Table, Scissors, Magic Tape, A Spray Bottle Filled With Water
What To Do:
1. Line The Terrarium.
My moss matt was perfect for creating a green edge at the bottom of the terrarium. I trimmed it about 3 inches tall and formed it in a circle around the bottom of the terrarium. I used a couple pieces of Magic Tape to help keep the moss in place while I planted the succulents. I lined the bottom of the terrarium with more of the matt just to keep the soil well contained in my handmade moss bowl. Hint: You may think 4 hands are better than 2 here, but 4 hands likely won’t fit inside the terrarium! 🎃
2. Plant The Succulents.
Place about a cup of soil in the bottom of the terrarium. If needed, gently separate your succulents to the desired size, placing them with some room to grow. Fill in any holes left by the plants with more soil until things are well planted.
3. Trick Your Treat.
Place your mosses and chosen miniatures around your succulents. My miniatures came with small metal picks which helped keep them in place. I even decorated the terrarium lid, since this was a special gift.
4. Care & Feed.
Succulents thrive best in well-drained soil. So since your terrarium likely won’t have a drainage hole, don’t overwater the plants. I used a spray bottle and spritzed every few days, making sure to let the soil dry between waterings. You can wipe the inside and outside of your glass terrarium with a moist paper towel to remove any water spots or dirt. When your plants get too big for their tiny home you can transfer them into another pot or outside to enjoy the Texas sun.
Stand back and marvel at your work of art! With a little care and feeding your terrarium will be a prized creation that will last you for years to come.
Enjoy and please email me with any questions about this project!
~ Joe Paul Reider
Home Style Austin Founder
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.