Belles Builds: DIY Moss Terrarium

On March 11, 2016 by admin

Terrariums are all the rage right now in the floral design world. For those with a green thumb and a sunny spot for plants to call home, they’re a great addition for an office or living space. Terrariums are often in sealed containers, best for keeping moisture in and creating a little greenhouse action, but they can also be designed as open-air arrangements for plants that require less water and don’t tolerate high heat. Terrariums generally contain green houseplants or succulents, rocks, sand, moss, etc, sometimes with ornamental or keepsake items added for visual interest. And they almost always require attention.  It’s not a set it and forget it situation just because they can be self watering. Like any other living houseplant you need to pay attention to the moisture content, sunlight, the heat build up, growth and potential wilting of the little guys. And sometimes we all have days where we just don’t have the energy to take care of another living thing. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t still have the look of a lush green garden-scape without all the trouble.

In today’s tutorial, we are combining our current obsession with MOSS and our love of terrariums, into one easy DIY project, that doesn’t require a green thumb. This Terrarium is truly a set it and forget it display piece.   See what we mean with these 5 easy steps.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  1. Terrarium Container, Enclosed or Open-air vessel.  (we’re using an up-cycled holiday treat container, it’s glass with a finial lid, we just washed it and removed the brand labels)
  2. River Rock (available at craft and hobby shops)
  3. Moss Stones (available at craft and hobby shops)
  4. Gold Sheep (small plastic toy animals we gilded with gold spray paint)
  5. Sheet Moss (available at craft and hobby shops)
  6. Green Trick Dianthus (available at floral shops, flower markets)

Step One: Add about an inch of river rock to the bottom of your Terrarium container. Set aside a few of your favorite looking stones for adding in as focal pieces towards the end of the project.

Step Two: Add a thick layer of sheet moss over the river rock. We used a free-formed piece and tucked it under itself to create little hills and an interesting terrain.

Step Three: Remove the stem from your Green Trick Dianthus. You can use scissors, a floral knife, or just snap it off with your hands. We’re only looking to use the bloom of the flower in our terrarium.   (This will be one of the only times we are allowing you to cut flowers with scissors, and only because we aren’t expecting this bloom to drink any water ever again. Don’t get us started on the cutting flowers with scissors, a discussion for an upcoming blog perhaps.) Some of you may notice in looking at the stem, that Dianthus stems are the same as Carnation stems. Carnations, Dianthus and even Sweet William are all a part of the same floral family. You learned something new today! And, like carnations, that means Dianthus are really long lasting and hardy flowers, making them perfect for this application.

Step Four: Next, add the Dianthus bloom to the back of the Terrarium design. Add the moss-covered rocks in after, wherever they seem to fit and look most interesting.

Step Five: Add in your reserved river rocks here and there, and your little sheep buddies to graze on the rolling green hills you have just created for them.

Now, you can add the lid, if you’re using one, and Viola! You’ve just made a Terrarium in ten minutes that requires no effort to keep green and beautiful.

We chose to add character to our design with Sheep, after all March is the season for in like a Lion, out like a Lamb, but you can use any animal, or decorative objects to fit your décor. Antique keys, gears and even seashells would work great. And you can get more elaborate with your designs, consider using different colors and textures of mosses, sand, miniature people, little houses.   Or you can make a fairy garden with little mushrooms and butterflies. You can also change out the objects for the seasons, Bunnies at Easter, Pumpkins at Halloween. The sky is the limit for your accent options.














If you try your hand at this long lasting Terrarium building project, let us know how they turned out, we’d love to see your handiwork!

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