Monday, March 12, 2012

How to Make a Fishbowl Terrarium

Party time! My friend Lauren just moved to a new house, and there was no way I could show up to her housewarming party with just a six-pack in hand. She's the kind of friend who once drove 20 minutes out of her way to bring me homemade truffles when I was heartbroken over a boy. She deserves something better than booze! Inspired by West Elm's terrariums, I made her a tiny indoor garden. I hope it makes her new house feel like home!

It was fun and easy to make, and under $20. If you'd like to make one, here's what you'll need...

one big glass fishbowl
pretty pebbles
small succulent or cactus plants
potting soil for succulents (not pictured)

The instructions are so simple. It's a whole lotta DUH:

1. Clean the bowl before you begin, and dry it thoroughly.

2. Gently place the pebbles at the bottom of the bowl. Seriously, be gentle! The bowl will crack if you just chuck in the rocks. They look pretty, and they will help the soil drain better.

3. Put a few inches of potting soil in the bowl. I used two and a half cups, but you might need more or less, depending on the size of your terrarium.

4. Gently remove the plants from their cups and loosen the soil at the roots. Plant them in the terrarium, add more soil if needed, and pat the soil around the roots and bases of the plants into place. My spade was too large for this project, and my hands didn't fit comfortably in the bowl, so I used a wooden spoon for this part.

5. Enjoy your terrarium, and follow the directions that came with your plants to make sure you give it adequate sun and water.

Aww, it's fuzzy!

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1 comment:

  1. The perfect housewarming gift! I'm sure Lauren loved it. By the way, it looks so cool against that fabulous fabric. ;)

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. I hope you'll be part of the fun each week.

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage


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