DIY Terrarium Wall

Happy Monday Everyone! While I haven’t made a post in a little while, I have been working on new projects to share with you! One of my favorites has been my DIY Terrarium Wall! This DIY Terrarium Wall is not only easy, but also adds that perfect level of Zen to your home. I love the pop of color these little plants add to what was once a boring and empty wall. Let it be known that I had to baby step my way into adding plants into our home. If you know me, you understand why. A while back, I created a succulent terrarium, filled with gorgeous little cacti and other “impossible to kill” plants. I loved this little terrarium.. I mean LOVED it. I loved it so much that, well… I killed it by over loving it! You may laugh, but yes.. I killed cactus plants. You know, the plants that survive in the dessert? The problem, I found out, was actually two fold. First, I loved my little plants too much and over watered them. Secondly, I had no idea that I should layer soil if I didn’t have proper drainage, so that the roots didn’t rot. I’m not saying that the soil would have made a difference one way or the other. No cactus was ever meant to endure the daily rain showers that they received in our home. This time around, I actually did my research. I found that certain plants actually fare better in terrariums than others. Here in Austin, we have a garden store called the Natural Gardener. These people are geniuses when it comes to plants and saints when it comes to patience. They took the time to talk me through the building and caring for terrariums. Hopefully, when you create your DIY Terrarium Wall, you won’t the mistakes I made the first time around!

Materials List:

  • -Activated Charcoal
    – Soil Cover Rocks
    – Potting Soil
    – Various terrarium plants, such as mini ferns, mosses and mini palms
    – Hanging Glass Bubbles in various sizes and shapes
    – A straw or chopstick (for positioning the plants)
    – Jute Twine
    – A pretty curtain rod
  • DIY Wall Terrarium Materials

    Step 1: Plan out the Space –
    Before we begin creating our DIY Terrarium Wall, we need to plan out our space. The best way I’ve found to do this is to first hang your curtain rod. The placement for this is all dependent on your personal taste and the space you have to work with. You can make a DIY Terrarium Wall in a very small space or if you’re so inclined, you can make a terrarium jungle. This is where your creativity comes into play. Once you’ve hung your curtain rod or rods where you’d like your DIY Terrarium Wall, go ahead and figure out how you’d like your hanging glass bubbles positioned. The way I like to do this is to hang them ahead of time and measure the length of the twine (Note.. you can just lightly tie the twine on at first, so you can remove the bubbles easily).
    Spacing of glass bubbles for DIY Terrarium Wall

    Step 2: Set up the Layers for Planting your Terrariums –
    Once you’ve figured out the spacing for your DIY Terrarium Wall, it’s time to begin creating your hanging terrariums. The first thing you’ll want to do is set up the appropriate rock, charcoal and soil layers in your glass bubbles.

  • Layer 1 – Pebbles: The first layer in your glass bubble terrarium will be pebbles or small rocks. The purpose of the rocks is to help with soil drainage. You’ll want about an inch of coverage on the bottom of your terrarium as the base layer.

    Layer 2 – Activated Charcoal: The second layer of your terrarium should consist of activated charcoal. The charcoal will aide in a couple of things. First, it will help, like the pebbles, with drainage. The second thing the activated charcoal will do is to rid the air of fumes created when organic materials begin to decompose. An easier way to think of it is that it keeps the soil fresh.

    Layer 3 – Potting Soil: The third layer of your terrarium should be made of potting soil. This is your everyday, run of the mill potting soil.. nothing special to it.

  • Once you have your layers ready, you can start planting your plants. You’re through the hard part (which really wasn’t that hard, was it?)… and one step closer to completing this awesome DIY Terrarium Wall.


    DIY Terrarium Wall - Layers

    Step 3: Complete your Terrariums with Plants and Decorations This is the fun part, arranging your plants in your very own terrarium. I find it easier to arrange my plants ahead of time to see what works best together asthetically. Once I’ve figured out what I’d like to place in the various glass bubbles, I make a hole in the soil layer that’s large enough for my plant. Place the plant in the hole and fine tune your placement using the chopstick or straw (A lot of times the hole of your glass bubble isn’t large enough to maneuver your hand around in.. which is where the chopstick or straw comes in handy.). Once you’ve planted all of your plants, place some moss in the bubble for decoration. At this point, you can add any decorative items, such as rocks, shells, etc. That’s it for making the terrariums! All that’s left to do is hang them up and lightly water them! Now… ENJOY!

     Completed Terrarium Glass  Bubble

    Finished DIY Terrarium Wall

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