Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to make a creative gift for your special someone! Not only does it show you’ve actually taken the time to think about them, but it’s a time to let your creative juices flow. I hear you saying, “but Melissa, I don’t have any creative juices …” – well, it’s good you're looking at this week’s post, because I have the best idea for you. I’ll even take it a step further and give you a guide to making it!
Here’s the perfect little present, for your perfect little someone.
DIY Terrariums –
What you’ll need:
A bowl, mason jar, pitcher or any type of vessel (thrift store)
Small, but various sized succulents and cacti
Potting soil (for succulents and cacti)
Tongs and/or spoon
Small broken branches, mushrooms, moss or pine cones (optional)
Here’s the cast of characters –
Step 1. Start by cleaning out your containers – remove any stickers on the container. Then dry them out
Step 2. Add your first level of drainage stone. I’m using a nice product made up of 100% recycled glass. This drainage layer will help with, aeration of soil and reducing compaction. It can also be used as decorative add on, at the end. Depending on the size of your container this drainage layer should be about ½” to 2”.
Step 3. Add your second layer – soil medium. If you are using cacti and succulents make sure you have the proper soil (see picture). This layer also depends on the size of your container, but as a rule of thumb, this is where the root system lives – so give them plenty of room!
Step 4. I like to arrange all my plants in the container first, before I begin planting. This helps you organize them by texture, color and height, to ensure you have variation in your terrarium.
(I mean honestly, how cute are these little guys!)
Step 5. Once you have them arranged, using a small box (or your sink) remove the plants from their containers. At this stage, you’ll want to dust off excess soil from the roots. You’ll also want to disturb the root system to allow the roots to spread out in your terrarium (so they don’t continue to circle like they’re still in the small container).
Step 6. Using tongs or spoon dig a small hole for the plants to sit in. Gently press the plant into place and cover slightly with surrounding soil.
Step 7. Once all plants are in place you have the option of adding cute accents. A few accents I used were small broken twigs, bark and the drainage stones.
These plants like full sunlight everyday. Water them lightly every 2 weeks or when the plants soil dries out.
Your Valentine is going to love this cute little gift and if they don’t break up with them .. just kidding J
I hope you enjoyed this post and stay tuned for next week.