Mitsy from Artmind has another lovely little tutorial to share with us today, a sweet moss terrarium! Living here in the Pacific Northwest we have so much moss we literally can just walk outside and scrape it off the driveway, a terrarium-maker's dream. I love terrariums and having tried to make one this past fall, I remember it being a bit tough to find instructions. Mitsy makes it super easy and super cute with her ceramic singing birds she added to hers. Psssst! She'll be giving away a set over at her blog today! Here is the how-to:
Glass jar with a lid , soil, charcoal, pebbles, moss, decoration
Your glass jar needs a lid because the lid is what keeps the humidity in and that's a neccesity for moss to thrive on. Fill it with pebbles. Since your terrarium doesn't have any drainage, you have to add the pebbles so that the roots aren't stilling in water.
Then add some charcoal. You can use activated charcoal which is carbon that has been treated with oxygen to open up hundreds of thousands of pores inside of it. Since it is very absorbent, activated charcoal is able to filter out and absorb chemicals such as chlorine from drinking water. You can buy activated charcoal in a garden center. Since I didn't have any at home, I used some charcoal from our wood fire pit. My terrarium is still alive after 2 months.
Then add the soil. Make sure it's moist.
Then add the moss. Push it down gently to the soil and give it a bit of water from your mist bottle.
Wipe the inside glass with a paper towel. If you like, place little decorative items in jar. I used a set of singing birds but it can be anything that you love: little plastic figures, mushrooms, a ceramic cottage, a tiny gnome...
Put the lid on it and put it in a spot where it will get indirect sunlight. In case that the glass fogs up, take off the lid to let it dry out a little bit. Make sure you don't overwater your terrarium. Just check on it every 2 weeks. The soil has to be moist.
I'll be giving a set of singing birds away in my blog. So hop over there & leave a comment in the post. And perhaps check out some other tutorials on my blog!