A short while ago Danielle from Finding Silver Pennies wrote a blog post about making terrariums and it got me thinking about making one myself for my desk at the day job.
You have to get a nice close look to really properly admire a terrarium. And since I have a desk job, well, I’m sitting right there for 8 hours a day. Why not add something pretty to look at, right?
So last weekend my sister and I headed over to our local Bachman’s and picked up some supplies.
And I also pulled out some stuff I already had. The glass jar was a garage sale find, and the mini Buddha and other items are from my fairy garden.
For anyone who is local and shops at Bachmans, they know that the purple striped plastic bag can only mean one thing, plants (or flowers) are inside!
In this case I have a tiny Cyclamen, a variegated flowering maple, a Selaginella and a Hemigraphis (you can barely see it, it’s that purple leaf poking out of the box in the foreground).
I followed Danielle’s instructions by washing my jar first, then adding a layer of pebbles, followed by a layer of dirt. Then I added my plants and a little more dirt to fill in around them. Finally I added my mini garden ornaments.
I might have overdone it a bit with the plants because my Buddha is barely peeking his head above them.
By the way, although I’ve had the Buddha and his little temple for a couple of years, I did notice that Bachman’s still carries them so if you are local you can still find them there.
My terrarium cost about $22 to make including the pebbles, potting soil, plants and the garage sale jar. In other words, it was about the same price as a pretty bouquet of cut flowers, but it’s going to last a bit longer.
I say a ‘bit’ longer because the cyclamen won’t be blooming forever. And there is a good chance that I will give up on the whole thing by spring and move the rest of the plants into my fairy garden. But for now I’ll take this to work and enjoy having a tiny garden on my desk while I’m waiting patiently for spring to arrive.