How to Make a Terrarium with Glass Chips

9:31:00 PM

I have been getting my plant fix outside and at my office, but I'm not one to give up on figuring out a challenge. I have been seeing all kinds of terrariums on the web and I decided to give it a try.

You see, I love having plants in the house. But I have 3 reasons that I can't have houseplants:

We have 3 cats in our house, and they think that anything green--houseplants, grass, or cut flowers--are fair game to chew on. It's a big mess. Not to mention it's not exactly good for them. I have tried any number of locations--including our mantle--but no place seems to be out of reach for these little mischief makers.

I grabbed a clear candy/apothecary jar with a lid, a coffee filter,some ground up glass--mind was from a sample kit for terrazzo aggregate, but I've seen similar type of glass at Lowes, some potting soil and a small plant.

I know it's popular to do succulents in a terrarium, but they don't like too much moisture, and I wanted something that I could leave closed up. I picked something that liked light and moisture. I wish I could tell you what kind of plant it is, but I couldn't find the tag once I cleaned up!

I cut a circle the same size as the jar.

Anyway, I layered the difference colors of glass into the jar.

Then I placed the coffee filter circle in the jar. I wanted something to let water through, but not let the soil through. You probably could have used gardening weed fabric, but I wanted to used what I had on hand.

I put the soil in and then the plant, using a pencil to dig in the soil and then tamp it down around the plant. I then used some more crushed glass as mulch around the plants.

I wanted to use the same colors as I plan to do in my kitchen and living room as I mentioned in this previous post. Thus, the red plant with clear and blue glass. Here's a reminder pf the scheme:

So there you have it, a way to get my plant fix without feeding the cats!

In case you were wondering, I spent less than $3--all on the little plant! Everything else I had on hand!

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  1. I LOVE this! I may just have to do it. It looks sooo pretty!

  2. I have the same issue, cats who eat plants,so I need to do another terrarium too. Yours turned out beautifully. I did one a while back with a tiny plant that looked similar to yours called a polka dot plant. Unfortunately, I thought it might need to be out from under the glass for a few hours, took the top off and you guessed right, it was chomped down to the dirt in no time flat. Sigh.

    1. Sorry you lost your plant. Maybe it's time for another terrarium?