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DIY Terrariums

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.

DIY Terrariums

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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.

DIY Terrariums

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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.

DIY Terrariums

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Check out the child-friendly tutorial:

The theme can be altered for endless terrarium environments and to work in lessons about other habitats.

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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.

DIY Terrariums

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DIY Terrariums

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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.

DIY Terrariums

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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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