DIY Spooky Halloween Terrarium | Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsI recently decided to seasonally decorate my main terrarium, because we got rid of our fairy garden when we moved. I actually had to set up the whole terrarium again as my indoor plants did not survive our move. I thought I’d share the setup with you in case you wanted to try this at home.

Rocks for Drainage

As with all terrariums, I started with a layer of rocks to help with drainage.

DIY Spooky Halloween Terrarium | Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Activated Charcoal

Then I added a layer of activated charcoal to absorb odors.DIY Spooky Halloween Terrarium | Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Dried Moss

Next, a layer moss. Ideally, the moss is supposed to be sphagnum moss, but our nursery never carries sphagnum moss, so I bought a different dried moss and it seems to work just fine. The purpose of the moss layer is to keep the soil from falling down in the charcoal and rocks.DIY Spooky Halloween Terrarium | Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Soil

The last layer before adding the plants is potting soil.DIY Spooky Halloween Terrarium | Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Small Plants

I thought choosing the plants was the most fun part! I wanted plants that added extra oomph to the terrarium and our nursery had a great assortment to choose from. The plant with red things that look like chili peppers is actually an ornamental pepper plant.DIY Spooky Halloween Terrarium | Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Decorate

After I added the plants, I added the decorative items, most of which came from the fairy garden section at our nursery. I also used some twigs from outside (thank you wind storm for depositing them on my porch!) to add a bit of height variety. I needle felted the ghost, which only took a couple of minutes. The spider web is actually shiny white wool, as I didn’t want to add any of the commercially available faux spider web, for fear of killing off my terrarium. I even added a tiny pumpkin patch behind the pepper plant, using our old fairy garden decorations.DIY Spooky Halloween Terrarium | Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Turning It Over to You

Do you have a terrarium set up? Have you ever decorated it for the holidays? I’m thinking this one will work well for Christmas with the pepper plant, if the peppers stick around that long. Now I hope to get the rest of my terrariums set up, though I lost a lot of my display space, so I won’t be able to have as many as I used to (famous last words!).

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