I 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.
Then I added a layer of activated charcoal to absorb odors.
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.
The last layer before adding the plants is potting soil.
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.
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.
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!).