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Create Your Own
Terrarium Jar

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Terrarium Jars

Terrariums are an excellent, space saving way to enjoy gardening. Terrariums create an enclosed environment that keeps humidity high and the soil nice and moist which is a perfect climate for many forest dwelling plants and moss. They are beautiful pieces that can be used as living decor in both sunny and shady areas of your own. They are indoor gardens in a sealed container. The plants and the soil in the terrarium release water vapor - essentially recycling water. The vapor is then collected onto the walls of the vessel and trickles down to the soil. Terrariums are self-nourishing, which is why they require little maintenance, if sealed.


a plant in a garden

Create Your Own Terrarium Jar

Click on each step to see how to make your own terrarium jar:

Step One

You can utilize one use food glass jars like spice jars, salsa and sauce jars to recycle everyday waste items as a terrarium jar. Simply wash clean your jar and lid and leave it to dry until you are ready.


terrarium jar

Step Two 

When you are ready, take some small pebbles/rocks like pea gravel or aquarium stones, and create a small layer at the bottom of your jar.

pebbles

Step Three

Next, add a layer of sand on top of the rocks. The sand and the rocks will help create air pockets for water and condensation to drain through.

Jar of sand

Step Four

Next, add a layer of soil to complete the layers. The soil will give your moss a medium to grow in.

a person holding a plant in a pot

Step Five

Head outside in your backyard or to a garden nursery to harvest some living moss to complete the ecosystem in your terrarium. Carefully scrape up a small patch that will fit the size of your jar, or combine multiple varieties of moss to create your perfect look. Moss likes to live in shady places on the ground or on rocks and tree stumps. Simply set your moss on top of the soil and tap it down slightly.

a person standing next to a tree

Step Six

You can continue to add to terrarium by adding more decorate rocks, or tiny plants, but you can go ahead and spray the inside of the jar with water and close the lid. Leave it in its decided location and enjoy! It does not need to be watered if the top remains sealed, but if you notice it seems to be drying out from an imperfect seal, you can spray it down again. Enjoy!

a person holding a terrarium glass

Supplies List

  • a glass jar with a lid
  • pebbles
  • sand
  • soil
  • harvested moss
  • a spray bottle with water