Decorating Wisely: Terrariums

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By Glenda Wise


The temps are warmer and it finally feels like spring has sprung. The change of season has made me want to freshen things up a bit to move past the cold, winter months. The only problem is, I am lacking the time to really do some major freshening up until the end of May. I need something in the meantime to shake things up.

I just love little terrariums. Hobby Lobby has some beautiful terrarium containers. Now, if you will remember, I am not buying anything unnecessary this year, so purchasing a terrarium is out. I am improvising, here are some great ways to make terrariums out of household items.

• First, you need an open or closed glass container. This can be clear glass bowls, teacups, empty and cleaned apple cider jug, Mason jars, just whatever you have around the house.
• Next, cover the bottom with an inch-thick layer of pebbles or rocks for drainage. Otherwise, the soil will stay too wet.
• A thin layer of activated charcoal will help keep the water fresh and prevent mold and bacteria.
• Potting soil is the next layer. If using cacti and succulents you will need to use a special potting soil.
• Finally, add your plants. Start with the largest one first. You can also add little crystals and shells to add a different texture and shape to your terrarium.
A few helpful tips to remember:
• Never place the terrarium in direct sunlight.
• Do not over water. Only water when the plants start to droop.

Terrariums are perfect for any space because they give you the visual beauty of a garden without needing much maintenance. They perfectly accent a coffee table or entry table.

This is a great afternoon project for kids or friends. Have an assortment of containers and supplies ready and you have all the makings for a terrarium party!

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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