Monday, March 8, 2010

Terrarium please!

I've been wanting to make a terrarium for quite some time now - and no better way to kick start a project then with two lovely tutorials from poppytalk and poopscape projects! Hooray! And in all honesty, they don't even look that difficult! And they look so cool:

You just need the following items:

- glass container (complete with lid)
- pebbles (also knowns as "drainage rocks")
- charcoal (activated = best)
- soil (wonderful dirt)
- and plants! I'm really drawn to the moss one (I love moss!)

As an added bonus you can even make (or scavenge) little goodies to add some visual interest to your mini plant world! And if crafting isn't quite up your alley, you can always purchase some terrarium miniatures - in fact etsy has a ridiculous selection! I'm trying to decide on which little house is the cutest at etsy's the little red door (I have a gift certificate for there I won back in december too)! So excting!

And just in case you doubted my moss loving ways - here's some photographic evidence! Here I am checking out the darling little sporophyte and gametophyte generations of some moss on a spirit lake walk with my sis in the charlottes last june! Yup - that's some dedicated moss love:

Now spring/summer just needs to get it's act together and arrive so I can do some moss hunting! Which also means road trip!! (since kamloops' semi arid desert ways aren't good for ample moss selection). Hopefully by that time I'll have a kitchen again and there will be a lovely counter to house my terrarium (and a kitchen sink to water it for that matter)! Yay! Only a mere 4+ months to go! Anyone have any ideas on where to get a cool glass container?


  1. If you want an interesting container, I would scour thrift stores! If you don't have any luck there, IKEA probably makes something interesting!
    good luck!

  2. I am sure there is a glass container in the basement. I always planned to make one but never got around to it. Maybe I'll go look now in the basement and wake you up with all the noise I will make! Mom

  3. Have you seen the terrariums on etsy that are made out of light bulbs? So awesome!

    Let's road trip to Haida Gwaii and get some terrarium moss from there! Think of all the varieties! Plus we could time it so we're there for Skidegate days, and paddle in Bill Reid's canoe too.

  4. Lower Vancouver Island - like, near Port Renfrew and whatnot. The place is practically COVERED in mosses and lichens. Or, if that's a bit too far, Stanley Park in Vancouver has a bunch of coastal mosses, too.

    Love the snails on the first picture!