How To: Throw a Terrarium Party

Hi all. So, I just finished up the Gin Tasting and now I'm on to another party. I'm not sure when my introverted self became such a party animal. I'm going to guess it was when I devised a way to learn + party. This time I will be teaching two friends to make terrariums (and inspiring you to have your own party in the process). Can you learn from the internet and the countless other posts on DIYing terrariums? Sure. Would that choice include prosecco and friends? Likely not, so get some pals together and get to it!

Terrarium Party Invitation - The Note Passer

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How To Make a Terrarium in 4 Steps - The Note Passer

Just follow the flowchart above and you will be enjoying your own terrarium in no time. I do want to remind you that many of my containers have come from thrifting (always better to reuse, right?). You can find all kinds of interesting containers this way. I even used an old perfume bottle that I bought at a flea market.  Empty liquor bottles and mason jars work well too. If the mouth is too small to add plants, just poke some moss and twigs in there and call it a day!


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The most important thing is to choose either an open or closed terrarium because this determines the kinds of plants you can use. I usually choose closed versions because they are self-sufficient; the water condensates and the plant recycles it. Only if the top is loose will you have to check it and water every once in a while. As far as plants go, a closed terrarium requires moisture-loving plants. I have had great success with the plants pictured above. Ivy is supposed to work, but I have not had luck with it. Moss, ferns, baby's tears, philodendron and bromeliads are my go-to closed terrarium plants. Open terrariums can accept really any kind of houseplant; succulents and cacti are especially popular and low-maintenance. 

Another thing to consider is the amount of sunlight your terrarium will absorb. I keep most of mine on my windowsills. This is perfect in the winter, but can be too intense in the summer as the glass magnifies the effects of the sunlight and overheats the plants inside. Just keep an eye on them and reposition accordingly. 


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The size of your container will affect the amount of materials you will need and use:

1. The first layer is rocks, which you can purchase at pet, garden or craft stores. Add enough to the bottom for adequate drainage.

2. The next layer is activated charcoal, which you can get at pet or garden stores (it is used in fish tanks). Add a thin layer over the rocks.

3. Depending on the depth of your container, you will next add soil. Leave enough room for your plant's roots. 

4. Next is your plant(s). Make sure they are not touching the glass as it will make them brown. One of the trickiest things is finding the right sized and shaped plants. If it won't hurt the plant, you can divide it and use only a section because it needs room to grow.

5. If your container is going to be closed, you can add moss around the sides of the plant. Open containers with succulents or cacti should be carefully filled in with pebbles on top.  

6. Top your creation with a whimsical inhabitants like Yoda or dinosaurs!


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