Are the plants looking good? Give them a boost with this upcycle, by giving them a new look with this fun terrarium! Do this with a preserving jar or vase and your plants will be brightened up again!
- A vase, bottle or weck jar
- Hydro grains or an old terracotta pot
- Potting soil
- Small plants or cuttings
- Optional: stones, moss or other decoration
Step 1: Clean the vase or pot first if necessary. Fill the pot or vase with Hydro grains or shards from a terracotta pot. This is important for drainage in the pot, otherwise the roots of the plants can rot. Apply a layer about a fingertip deep. To keep the vase nice and clean and not to make a mess, you can roll up a piece of paper and use it as a funnel.
Step 2: Now fill the pot or vase to the desired height with soil (you can add perlite to this to keep the soil airy). Here too you can use the paper as a funnel again.
Step 3: Now place the plants and cuttings in the soil. Make sure all roots are well under the soil. The best thing is of course to make cuttings from plants that you already have. You can also ask friends if they might have cuttings. On Facebook and Marktplaats you can always find nice cuttings for free or for a small price. Another option is to find a local plant shelter or plant library. Such as Plantenasiel Alkmaar, which can be found in Thrift Shop RataPlan† You can let the cuttings root in water first, but most cuttings can also be placed in the soil like this.
Step 4: Now finish the terrarium with stones, moss or a statue. Be creative: the sky is the limit. You can use found stones or a nice figurine that you can find at the thrift store or maybe still have at home.
Step 5 optional: If you use a closed bottle or preserving jar, leave it open for a week. The jar can then be closed. Often a terrarium does not need water. If the plants do hang, give a small splash of water every now and then. If a lot of condensation remains in the vase, the lid can be left open for a day, so that the excess moisture can escape.