How to make your own green terrarium to keep or give away for the holidays

December 14, 2017 by  
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If you have a green thumb but minimal garden space, why not create your own mini-world full of lush and beautiful plants by making your own terrarium? If you’re in the southern hemisphere instead, remember that having green plants around is a surefire way to keep away the winter blues, plus plants are certain to help improve your indoor air quality . Terrariums are easy-to-make, low-maintenance gardens, and can last almost indefinitely with minimal water. Don’t believe us? We assembled seven terrariums of various shapes and sizes in a single weekend, and they’re all adorable. Read on for our easy terrarium DIY to learn how to make your own to keep or give away for the holidays. MATERIALS: A clear glass jar, vase, bowl, glass, or whatever interesting glass container you have on hand Rocks, pebbles or recycled glass chunks Activated charcoal (sometimes called activated carbon) Potting soil appropriate for your plants Moss (optional) Figurines, sticks or decorative items (optional) Various small plants A scoop, spoon or shovel Scissors Gloves Source your containers from a thrift store or an antique store, or just scrounge around your house for an old jar. Even simple jelly jars or canning jars can make beautiful terrariums. They can be left open or closed—it’s totally up to you. All other supplies can be bought at your local gardening center. As for the plants, the sky is the limit, but generally speaking look for small plants that you can fit inside your jar and won’t grow too tall. Some plants will have multiple stems so you can break them up even further. To ensure that your terrarium will be successful, keep succulents and cacti together, and keep fern and tropical plants together, because they require different amounts of water and soil. You’ll want cactus soil for the succulents and regular old potting soil for everything else. The rocks are used as a false drainage layer while the activated charcoal helps keep the terrarium healthy, and the moss can be used for decoration and to help soak up and retain water. STEP 1: Prepare the Container Remove any price tags or stickers from your vessel and wash both the interior and exterior thoroughly to ensure that there are no unwanted residues that could affect the health of your plants. Envision how you want to arrange your plants inside the jar. STEP 2: Add Your Drainage Layers Once the container is ready, fill the bottom with rocks or pebbles. This is to create a false drainage layer so water can settle and not flood the plant. The depth of the rocks totally depends on the size of your container, but aim for 1/2″ to 2″. STEP 3: Add the Activated Charcoal The charcoal looks exactly like what you would expect it to and it’s messy. Sometimes it comes as small granules and other times it comes as shards—either works. You don’t need much, just enough to cover the rocks. The charcoal will improve the quality of your little world including reducing bacteria, fungi and odors. Related: How to Make a Recycled Glass Terrarium STEP 4: Add Soil Again, cactus and succulents need a special soil compared to most other plants, so be sure to get the appropriate bag depending on which plants you’re using. Add enough soil so the plant roots will have plenty of room to fit and then grow. Aim for a depth slightly greater than the height of the plant’s pot. STEP 5: Plant Take your plant out of the pot and break up the hard soil ball until you get down to the roots. If you’re breaking the plant into multiple parts, be gentle. You may also want to trim the roots if they are especially long; don’t worry, they’ll grow back. Using a spoon, your fingers, the end of a brush, or even a pencil, dig a well to place your plants roots in. Add more soil around the top and compact the soil down around the base of the plant. Continue placing your little plants in the container and try to keep them away from the edges. The leaves are likely to touch the sides but aim to keep them away as much as possible. STEP 6: Add Accessories After you’re done planting you can add little accessories like a blanket of moss (dried or living), little figurines, old toys, glass beads, shiny metal object, sticks, stones, or even a layer or rocks. This is your little world and you can put whatever you’d like in there. Related: 7 Eco-Friendly Summer Crafts for Creative Adults (and Kids!) STEP 7: Clean and Water You’ll likely have dirt all over the sides of the container, so wipe them down so you can enjoy the beautiful living world inside. Give the terrarium a little bit of water. Unlike most of your house plants, a terrarium doesn’t need to soaked: just a couple of shots of water should get it started. Tips & Tricks – Over time, monitor your terrarium’s water needs based on how dry the soil is. For terrariums with closed lids, if water is dripping down from the top, open the lid to let some evaporate. Likewise, you may need to add more if it looks parched. You shouldn’t need to water them very often. – If leaves die or wilt, remove them from the terrarium immediately to maintain the health of the little eco system. If an entire plant dies, take it out. – Don’t place in direct sunlight. Remember that these are essentially little greenhouses and direct sunlight through the glass will trap heat and scorch the plants. Place in indirect light for best results. – Afterwards, enjoy your little world or give it away and make another! Lead image via Pixabay . All other images ©Bridgette Meinhold

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This Sweet DIY Lip Balm Recipe Is Worthy Of A Kiss

January 19, 2016 by  
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This time of year is prime time for chapped lips – you know those dried-out kissers just dying to be smothered in moisture. As we see it, you really have three choices. First, you could just leave them be (but honestly who really wants to be the…

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Make your own LED fairy holiday lights using paper and a recycled water bottle

November 10, 2015 by  
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Looking for unique and beautiful ways to light up your winter evenings and festive gatherings? These stunning DIY dimensional flower lanterns made from recycled plastic bottles and paper might just provide the solution for any kind of space and budget.  Don’t be intimidated by the designer look, all you need to do is make some cuts on a piece of white paper, and tape it around a plastic bottle. Illuminated with LED fairy lights, these lanterns are very safe and energy efficient. Create your own dimensional designs, or download the free templates and follow the tutorial at A Piece of Rainbow . + A Piece of Rainbow The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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DIY: Make Your Own Roman Blinds to Shield Your Home From the Hot Summer Sun

September 16, 2014 by  
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We’re now entering the dog days of summer and temperatures are soaring across the states – but don’t reach straight for the AC just yet. Did you know that one of the most efficient ways to cool your home is to simply pull down the blinds ? If your drapes could use an update (or if you’re lacking window treatments entirely), fear not – Good to be Home just launched a fun DIY infographic that shows how to make your own Roman blinds! Check out their step-by-step instructions after the jump. Read the rest of DIY: Make Your Own Roman Blinds to Shield Your Home From the Hot Summer Sun Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: anglian home , DIY , diy blinds , diy window shade , do it yourself , green design , roman blind , roman blinds , sustainable design , window blinds , window shades , window treatments

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DIY: How to Make Your Own Green Terrarium

May 27, 2014 by  
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INFOGRAPHIC: Make Your Own DIY Decor for the Holidays!

December 12, 2013 by  
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The holidays are the most festive time of the year – however you don’t need to drop a lot of green to deck the halls with seasonal decor. About.com just launched a new infographic packed full of creative ideas for DIY holiday decorations that you can whip up in a snap. These clever recycled designs are sure to bring holiday cheer without breaking the bank – check them out after the jump! The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Make Your Own DIY Decor for the Holidays! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Decorative Objects , DIY , DIY decor , diy decor projects , do it yourself , green design , green holidays , green interior , holiday banner , how to make holiday decorations , how-to , luminaries , photo holder , Recycled Materials , sustainable design , wine charms , wine cork votive        

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High School Students Build Amazing 849 MPG Car to Win AutoZone Challenge

September 25, 2013 by  
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Would you believe a few high school students from Indiana just built a car that’s more fuel efficient than anything on the road today? A group of students from Mater Dei High School in Evansville made a DIY eco-car called Elroy that gets a whopping 849 miles to the gallon. If you’re counting, that’s enough miles to one gallon to travel from New York to Chicago and then some. The students have been rewarded for their astonishing accomplishment in self-built fuel efficiency with the grand prize from a respected automotive project contest. Read the rest of High School Students Build Amazing 849 MPG Car to Win AutoZone Challenge Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: america , Autozone , Competition , DIY , do it yourself , Driving without refueling , Duralast , eco cars , fuel efficiency , Gas Bills , how to save gas , Indiana , Mater Dei High School , Memphis , mpg , saving energy , Show It Off , tennessee        

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World’s Largest Solar Plant Slated for Western India

September 25, 2013 by  
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India will soon be home to the largest solar plant in the world! Developed in partnership between government and state-owned companies, the new plant in Rajasthan will pump out 4,000 MW of clean energy for western India. The first phase alone will generate 1,000 MW of solar power when complete – that’s 10 times more energy than any exiting solar plant in India. Read the rest of World’s Largest Solar Plant Slated for Western India Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BHEL , eco design , green design , Hindustan Salts , india’s largest solar plant , Powergrid Corporation , Rajasthan Electronics & Instruments Limited , Solar Energy Corporation of India , Solar Power , sustainable design        

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6 Fun DIY Projects to Make for Earth Day

April 19, 2013 by  
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DIY: How to Make a Hydrating Avocado Hair Mask to Revitalize Your Hair

March 31, 2013 by  
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If winter’s left your hair looking like a pile of straw, revitalize it with this easy-to-make DIY hair mask . Whipped up by LUSH Cosmetics product inventor Helen Ambrosen, this rich mask uses just a few natural ingredients like avocado, olive oil, and honey, and can be whipped up in just a few minutes right in your own kitchen. Check out the instructions here . READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: DIY beauty , DIY tutorials , DIY: How to Make a Hydrating Avocado Hair Mask to Revitalize Your Hair , do it yourself , eco beauty , Eco-Friendly Beauty , LUSH , lush cosmetics , natural beauty , sustainable beauty

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