OK OK! I have been baiting you all with this for 2 days and here it is! The easiest, coolest, most awesome “little pretty” you can make for yourself or as a gift! Easier to care for than a potted plant, longer lasting than flowers and sooo amazing to watch!
Moss terrariums are the latest craze… some selling for over $100 online – and kits selling for $50 or more. They look fabulous on a kitchen counter, bookshelf, coffee table – and make beautiful home decor items! Here’s how to make your own moss terrarium for just a few bucks!
What you need;
- A glass container with a lid (can be sealed or not- but opening should be large enough for your hand to fit – or smaller if you want to use tongs)
- Live moss or preserved moss that can be revived by watering (I bought mine at Hobby Lobby- but Lowes and other nurseries have it too)
- Small stones or pebbles
- 1-2 cups of potting soil (this is optional since moss does not need dirt to grow or survive)
- Mini decor items of your choice (I used some rhinestone hair pins, birds, nests, miniature wagon wheels, shells, starfish, sand dollars, etc…)
- A medicine dropper
- Arrange your stones in the bottom of the glass container (this is for drainage)
- If using soil – put your desired amount of soil over the stones
- Tear off a chunk of moss and lay on rocks and/or soil (no need to “plant” it- just gently lay it inside on your stones or soil)- I even put some inside the bird nests- it can go on anything.
- Place decor items where you want them in or around moss and stones.
- Use medicine dropper to moisten moss (barely -don’t over-do it)
- Cover and you’re done! REALLY!
Your terrarium is its own little eco-system – so it basically takes care of itself. If you are using a covered container the heat from the soil & moss will keep everything fairly moist. If you notice a little condensation in the jar – just open it for a few minutes. Or if using a metal lid- you can vent it with a couple of holes. Keep the terrarium out of direct sunlight – and occasionally drop a few drops of water on the moss- but you shouldn’t have to do this very often. If making an uncovered terrarium – you will likely need to moisten more often. Over time, the moss will grow and cover everything in its environment – just like it would in the forest or park. Enjoy watching your own little eco-system thrive and grow!!
Here are some pictures of the first few I made. Notice the different containers and decor items! You can really get creative with these!
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