Life In A Fishbowl- DIY Terrarium!

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Two lovely ladies influenced this post, and really got me off of my derriere to make it happen! I've been wanting to make a terrarium for awhile now but had NO idea how to do it or where to even start!! So, first Coral at SLOmygosh posted this little lovely on her blog, which got me to thinking that I might be able to actually pull this off! Then weeks later I spy this post by my friend Leslie on her blog: Splendid Things... One look at those miniature gnomes and toadstools and I was HOOKED! I mean, I knew that  making a terrarium was now top priority for my Sunday craft project!! It was ON!!!

So here we go. I highly suggest you head over to SLOmygosh for the tutorial, cuz she explains exactly what you need in list form that makes it really EASY!!!!! (plus she links you to websites and information on plants best suited for terrarium life!)

hey there! i'm just chillin' in my terrarium, no biggie!

Here's what I did:

Terrarium no. 1:
All of my supplies. Scottish Moss, Irish Moss, mini Thyme,  mini terra cotta pot, some small indoor house plants, rocks, activated charcoal and of course the containers!! 

with rocks already placed in the bottom, I added a layer of activated charcoal

activated charcoal in place, and now adding a layer of soil

the finished product of the first terrarium 

a close up of the mini terra cotta pot with the miniature thyme. 

 Terrarium no. 2:

I'm lucky enough to have purchased this fancy candle holder that looks like a mini conservatory from Pottery Barn about 8 years ago. It now has a new life!!

detail of my miniature toadstools in terrarium no. 2

Terrarium no. 3:
this one was done in another candle holder (although this is quite large)- this is what I love about terrariums: Any glass container will do!!
detail of terrarium no. 3 with miniature toadstools and close up of the gorgeous colored wee pebbles used in this one.

terrarium no. 3 in it's place. sigh, it makes me feel peaceful just looking at it!!!
 Are you ready to make your own??? Skies the limit with these mini worlds! I'm already planning my next one, I just have to figure out where to put it!!!!  I am REALLY coveting THIS TERRARIUM and am currently on the lookout for a lidded container like the one in the tutorial to make my dreams come true!! I mean, I want it exactly, well... with the exception of an aqua geode instead of the pink one cuz that's how I roll!

Head on over to SLOmygosh and give her a shout out! Let us know if you are inspired and get into the fantastic world of terrarium gardens too!!! I know we'd both love to hear from you!!

next up for me: a lovely lidded garden a la "Making it Lovely".

What goes with toadstool and gnome filled terrariums, you ask? Swedish CLOGS!


  1. WOW! You did such a great job on these! I love them! :)

    I'd like to try my hand at a succulent/sand terrarium next. A mini desert climate with cacti and teensy people trying to survive the heat. Haha!

  2. Thanks!! They were SO much fun to do! I'm kinda obsessed right now!! The tall lidded jar in the Making It Lovely terrarium post is on sale right now from West Elm! I just ordered it!

    I was thinking of doing a succulent one next too- I have quite a few succulents right now that are propagating like nobodies business so I wouldn't even have to buy the plants if I didn't want to. You've got to do another post if you decide to do the succulents- I'd love to see what you do with it!!


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