Terrarium Building

I’ve been inspired! This funky fish container has just been screaming for attention. Well I finally found the perfect project: a terrarium, or as I like to call it, a Fishrarium.

After creating my Fishrarium, I compiled a list of steps and tips to help you along the way for creating your own terrarium. Follow along or jump around; whatever works best for your creation.

Step 1: Find a unique container for your plants. Not everyone has a chunky glass fish sitting around so feel free to use a decorative bowl or large vase.

            Helpful Tip: Use a container that you can fit your hand in. Learned that tip the hard way.



Step 2: Buy the correct amount of plants to fit in your container. Find a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. This will give you more options for when you start planting them.

            Helpful Tip: I found the largest variety of succulents and cacti at Lowe’s.


Step 3: Gather the rest of the supplies needed to build a terrarium. Here are some suggestions:

  • Soil
  • Pebbles
  • Decorative rocks
  • Small garden decorations



Step 4: Fill that terrarium up!! I started with a layer of rocks at the bottom because I liked the look of it. They are also useful for water drainage and filling space in large containers. My next layer was soil. Here comes the fun part. Arrange the plants how you think looks best. Make sure to space them out a little bit. Breathing room will allow them to soak up maximum sunlight to survive. Lastly, I placed some pebbles along the top layer of soil to add a little spunk.


Step5: Find a spot to put that sucker! (Pun intended)



A little extra knowledge to keep succulents and cacti living:

  • These plants need a half-day to a full day of sunlight.
  • Let the soil dry out a little before watering. This allows the roots to grow deeper.
  • If your plants appear to be bleached out or their color turns yellow, the plant is getting too much light.

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