Gnomes, Owls, and Fairies -- Oh My!

Member Spotlight: This is a guest post by GrowIt! member Dawn Mamatas. Dawn lives and gardens in Mid-Missouri, Zone 6A. Check out her plethora of plants (trees, flowers, herbs, succulents) by following Dawn (tap from mobile) on GrowIt!.

One of my favorite gardening activities is creating terrariums. My daughter and I make them in various sizes, ranging from large and in the actual outdoor garden to small glass bulbs with miniature accessories.

Today I am sharing a recent terrarium I made that is more in the medium-size range, along with some simple instructions on how to make your own.

Supplies Needed: – A container for your terrarium (I prefer glass globes) – The plants you want to use (Succulents work best) – Sand (Color is fun) – Any other layers you want (Different colors of sand, tiny seashells, etc.) – Any miniature rocks or items to personalize your globe: Legos, figurines, tea sets, dollhouse furniture, gnomes, fairies, etc. (Tip: You can find great miniatures near the dollhouse section in craft stores and also in the spring/summer areas or near the artificial flowers areas.) – Moss for coverings and decoration (I love to get the bag that includes a variety of moss- it gives you more options when making your scenery.) – A knife for cutting plants apart – Optional: Charcoal (I don’t use this, but some people do.)

Steps to create:

1. Choose Your Container. For this project, I selected a medium-sized glass globe with lid.

2. Select Plants and Base. I am using succulents in this arrangement. They like sandy soil, so I mixed half potting soil and half basic sand in a bowl.

3. Prepare Plants. Cut or separate the hens and chicks or your chosen plants to make them fit well in your jar. In this case, I have a good size globe and will be using three small plants.

4. Layer the Base. Put a layer of small rocks, pebbles or stones down as your first or second layer. Depending how many layers you want, fill your levels until you are about 1/4 of the way up the container. Add your soil mix and plants in and finish layering any other colors you would like to add.

5. Time to Furnish. Add any miniatures you would like to create your landscape. You can use small rocks as a path, miniature gnomes/elves/fairies, anything you want. Your imagination is the limit.

6. Voilà. This gem is now ready to be gifted to someone special or enjoyed by you! Don’t forget to water or mist according to plant care needs (check GrowIt!).
I hope you enjoyed seeing how easy it is to make a terrarium. Get as detailed or as simple as you want.


On a final note, I would like to share a few of my recent creations in the gallery below. Hopefully, they will inspire you. Don’t be afraid to experiment with all types of small plants as well. Good Luck!