Design Trend: Terrariums

Wow! I’m seeing terrariums every where these days. Even mainstream retailers like Pottery Barn, West Elm, and CB2 are getting in on the action. What’s a terrarium you ask? Basically it’s a transparent glass container in which plants are grown. It’s also an incredibly budget friendly way to bring color and life to your decor, even if your thumbs are a color other than green. Terrariums can be personalized to fit your design style and are even a fun project to keep the kids occupied on rainy days.

{How to Create Your Own Terrarium}

1. Find yourself a container. Use glass jars, a wine decanter, vases, water pitchers, ball canning jars (you get the idea) that you already have, pick something interesting up from your nearest thrift store, or check out some of the options available from Pottery Barn, West Elm, and CB2.


2. Pick your plants. There are basically two types of terrariums – dry and wet. Both require minimal maintenance, with wet, closed terrariums requiring next to none. A dry terrarium would include plants like succulents and cacti, which work best in open containers (they can actually rot in a closed terrarium). Ferns work best in a wet (humid) environment, but there are countless other plants to choose from with a variety of texture and color. So make sure you do your homework when it comes to the right type of plants to use. Here’s a list to get you started.

3. Get creative! Find fun knickknacks, Lego pieces, ornaments, aquarium decorations, marbles, or anything else you can find to personalize your terrarium.


4. Start building. Follow these helpful directions for dry terrariums and these instructions for wet terrariums. If you are using decorations like the suggestions above make sure to leave room for them. You might want to place them into your container before adding the plants, and then landscape around the decoration piece.

5. Show your terrarium some love. Make sure you place your terrarium in a location (full or low light) appropriate to the types of plants you used and water according to the plants needs. Read more about terrarium maintenance here.

I hope you get inspired and have some fun building your own terrarium!


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