Terrariums are a fun way to bring some of the green indoors all year round, especially appreciated when the weather is cold and drab.
When purchased from a plant nursery or storefront, terrariums may lean on the pricey side. With a few materials to get started, one can be made DIY style for a budget friendly version.
Though they require some know-how regarding supplies and growing conditions, they do not demand extensive upkeep.
Ferns, miniature palms, succulents and moss work well in terrariums.
Plants will need a lot of indirect sunlight and attention to the moisture level is important. Terrariums stay alive by condensation and evaporation cycles, and most only need a few drops or mists of water every few months.
They can be planted in reusable plastic and glass bottles, and make great gift ideas. BuzzFeed has compiled a roundup of various containers that can be used for assembling a terrarium.
A perfect craft for kids that will work in lessons about recycling and the rainforest is a DIY miniature rainforest terrarium. Reusing a plastic soda bottle, favorite creatures or scenery can be inserted and arranged.
Check out the child-friendly tutorial:
The theme can be altered for endless terrarium environments and to work in lessons about other habitats.
This easy to put together apothecary terrarium uses only soil and fast sprouting wheat grass seeds. Great for introducing the growing seasons or giving little ones a visual on how roots form and seedlings grow. Tailor plants to match the current season for a year round display.
This version cleverly uses picture frames to make a perfectly sized indoor hothouse that is an ideal spot for plants, herbs and even small-scale produce. This mini-greenhouse is a nod to Victorian days, but any type of frames can be used or decorated to achieve a different look.
To take a jump from a mini-terrarium to greenhouses on a much larger scale, check out these DIY outdoor projects on Inspiration Green.
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