This terrarium is a work in progress, I'm waiting until spring add more interesting plants. This project has been in the works since last summer! I bought the mushroom shaped container last summer at a garage sale and have been wanting to plant it as a terrarium ever since. The only thing holding me back was “activated charcoal”. See, I’d been seeing terrariums all over blog-land and almost every time they would list activated charcoal as an “ingredient”. You’ll never guess where I got activated charcoal…in my shed! A neighbor knew I had a few aquarium pumps from another garage sale and while rummaging through things to find the pump I found a brand new container of activated charcoal amongst the aquarium stuff…amazing! (Keep that "H" word to yourself please)
Here is a recipe to make your own…(or just google terrarium and see hundreds of tutorials!)
- Bottom layer: Pea rock, aquarium rocks, small pebbles, glass beads, marbles…you get the idea
- Next: A barrier to keep the dirt from getting into your bottom layer. I saw sphagnum moss listed all the time. I didn’t have any so I used a coffee filter.
- Next: A couple spoonfulls of activated charcoal sprinkled around. This helps to keep your water from going stagnant.
- Next: Dirt
- Next: Plants
- Next: Cute stuff
- Care instructions: Leave it alone, they thrive with neglect.
PS: I’m starting a list of supplies that would make up the ultimate crafting tool box…do you have any suggestions? I’m adding scissors, pencil, glue, tape to the list…