Terrarium Craft: Create 50 Magical, Miniature Worlds
Amy Bryant Aiello
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A terrarium is nothing less than a miniature world—one that you can create yourself. It might be a tiny rainforest, with lush foliage and bright tropical flowers. Or a desert, with strange succulents planted among colorful stones. Or a Victorian fernery. Or a minimalist composition with a single, perfect plant.
Or it might not contain any plants at all. It might be made with crystals, feathers, bones, seashells, bits of wood, porcelain trinkets—anything that catches your fancy and helps create a mood or look. Whatever they contain, terrariums are the ultimate in modern, affordable, easy-care décor.
Terrarium Craft features fifty original designs that you can re-create or use as inspiration for your own design. Each entry comes with clear step-by-step directions on how to assemble and care for your terrarium. You’ll also find helpful information about selecting a container, using appropriate materials, choosing the right plants, and maintaining your terrarium. (Hint: It’s easy! In fact, many terrariums are self-sustaining, requiring no maintenance whatsoever!)
a half-circle and position it in an arc within the terrarium. 6. Place the bone-filled glass bottle, shell, crystal, geode, and green river rocks and move them around until you like how they are sitting. When you’re content with it, nest them a bit into the sand for stability. 7. Sprinkle in the white pebbles. 8. Moisten the lichen in water, shake out, and add in puffs behind the aeonium. Finish it off with a few threads of lichen in front. Care Bright, indirect light or a half-day of sun is
Monterey beach sand around edges of terrarium using your hands to direct the sand’s fall. Care Propeller vine does best in bright filtered light. Avoid strong light as direct sun can burn foliage due to the intensifying effects of the glass terrarium. Every 1 to 2 weeks, pour 1/2 cup of water directly around base of plant. The plant itself is equipped to survive drought so allow it to dry out between watering (though not so much that it wilts). In spring and summer, water with quarter-strength
from that point. CLAIR DE LUNE Fine quartz sand layered with bands of nobbly white pebbles forms a solid base for a topdressing of larger cream and green river rocks and a striking, lustrous crystal point. The smooth, worn stones intensify the dramatic, undulating margins of the plant’s leaves. The pale, subtle colors seem almost to be bathed in moonlight. 1 GLASS CYLINDER (12 X 8 INCHES) 6 CUPS PURE QUARTZ SAND PASTRY BRUSH OR PAINTBRUSH 8 CUPS WHITE PEBBLES 1 HANDFUL NATURAL LICHEN
don’t fret if some component dies—go with the flow. If the dead material looks good, just leave it. Sometimes a light green moss will turn honey-golden and look lovely. Succulents, however, rarely look good when they pass to the other side—and airplants are famous for taking a long time to show signs of stress so they can seem to die overnight. You get to decide how it will be in your terrarium, whether you’re a careful planner and want to select just the right plants and environment or just
moss or boreal forest moss, this common type of northern hemisphere mountain moss forms dense, light green mats on rocks, rotten wood, and peaty soil. Mood moss (Dicranum species). Called mood moss by florists but known to gardeners by various epithets (depending on species) including rock cap moss, broom moss, and fork moss. These shade-loving mosses are harvested all over the country but in nearly all species are lush, velvety green, and densely clumping. Reindeer moss (Cladonia