Terrariums – so hot right now. And why not? Terrariums allow you to surround yourself with a bit of calming, green loveliness wherever you may be. And who doesn’t love cute plants in even cuter containers? In short, terrariums are ace, and when I saw these adorable tiny biscuit jars, I immediately knew what had to happen…
DIY TINY BISCUIT JAR TERRARIUM
You will need:
- Tiny biscuit jars – I picked mine up at Ikea for less than $4 for four jars, and I’ve also seen loads in $2 shops of late.
- Tiny succulents – I’ve been obsessively propagating succulents ever since I found out that was a thing (seriously, it’s like magic!), so I used a few of my succulent babies, but you can definitely take a small cutting or remove a rosette from an existing succulent. For more info on propagating or taking succulent cuttings, click here and here.
- Horticultural sand, horticultural grit, and potting mix that is suitable for cacti/succulents (I picked these things up at Masters, but you could also try Bunnings or your local nursery).
- Coloured pebbles (mine are from Bunnings, but again you could try another hardware store or nursery).
- Gardening tools such as gloves and small trowel, if you prefer not to get too messy!
Start by adding a small scoop of grit into your biscuit jar. The grit helps with drainage, which is important for succulents, as they don’t like to get too soggy (and honestly, who does?). My little biscuit jars have that flat diagonal edge that some biscuit jars have, so I decided to make one standing upright, and one on a jaunty angle.
Now it’s time for the sand and potting mix. You might like to do a layer of potting mix and then a sprinkling of sand on top if you’d like a layered effect, but I’ve mixed mine together. Make sure you’ve got enough soil in there to allow your succulents room to stretch their roots out!
Next, add your tiny succulents. This was actually quite tricky for me, because the opening of the jar was so small and my baby plants were even smaller. Depending on your plants, you might like to use a skewer or your finger to dig some tiny holes, and a pair of tweezers to help you place the plants in there, although if you’re working with slightly larger cuttings, that won’t be necessary. I decided to go with tiny plants to give them a chance to grow, but if you’re making your terrarium as a gift and want it to look more finished, I’d suggest using a larger piece of succulent (how wonderful succulents are that we can just hack bits off them and transplant them anywhere we choose? Such good sports).
For a different look, you might like to add some coloured pebbles on top of the soil. How snazzy is this little guy?!
And viola, there you have it! Your tiny terrariums will prefer to live somewhere sunny, like a windowsill, and have a drink every 1 – 2 weeks. Be sure not to overwater, as the water isn’t able to drain out of the terrariums, and succulents with soggy roots = sad succulents 🙁
If your tiny plants start to get too big for your tiny terrarium (can we call it a tiny-rrarium? No? Too much?) you can always just switch them out for some new cuttings, because succulents are the best at being the versatile, easy to care for, all-round fun loving peeps of the plant world.
I hope you enjoyed this easy little tutorial, and I would love to know if you have a go at making a tiny terrarium yourself! Or if you simply just want to geek out about plants, please do so in the comments, because I am always up for that.