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I have a bit of a black thumb. I love the idea of having a bit of live greenery in my home but know the likely outcome of having plants would be dead plants. So I tend to avoid plants. I’ve been contemplating succulents lately. I didn’t know much about succulents or the terrariums they’re frequently found in so I started doing some reading.
A terrarium is a relatively low maintenance indoor garden. They don’t require as frequent watering as a traditional plant because the warmth that collects inside the terrarium evaporates and gives the plants it contains the moisture they need.
From my reading I learned that there are a number of advantages to having a terrarium over a traditional houseplant. The advantages of having a terrarium include:
- Terrariums do not need a lot of space. You can use or repurpose containers of all types and sizes, including everyday items like wine glasses and coffee pots. If you can’t find something that suits your fancy in your home you can find lots of different styles of terrarium containers on Amazon.
- Terrariums are great for folks with limited space who don’t have a yard or garden.
- Terrariums are relatively low maintenance, requiring far less care and watering than houseplants.
- Terrariums can easily be personalized (think decorating) to match your personal style, boosting your creativity.
- Terrariums can include plants that might not otherwise thrive indoors, including some that do well in lower light situations.
A great place to learn some terrarium basics is the newly published book Creative Terrariums. The book offers detailed instructions on how to make terrariums featuring inexpensive materials and common plants. Here’s some info about the book.
- by Enid G. Svymbersky
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing; First edition (May 13, 2019)
- ISBN-10: 1565239849
- ISBN-13: 978-1565239845
- Purchase on Amazon
Do you yearn to enjoy green growing things but lack the space for a big garden? If you have any room at all you can create a beautiful terrarium!
With Creative Terrariums, craft blogger Enid G. Svymbersky presents 33 cutting-edge, contemporary designs that will add a decorative organic presence to even the smallest room. Each imaginative project features inexpensive materials, common plants, and step-by-step building instructions.
Inside, you’ll learn step-by-step how to build and maintain unique mini-gardens full of lush, oxygen-boosting plants. The mini terrarium projects include memo boards, jars, fishbowls, dream catchers, and more that will fit on small tables, bookshelves, and window sills, hang on the wall, or can be displayed in any other tight places in the home.
Expert advice for terrarium maintenance is also included, making this book your indispensable reference guide to the satisfying, sustainable hobby of DIY terrariums!
Create your own miniature gardens—no matter the size of your home—with Creative Terrariums!
The book includes:
- 33 step-by-step projects for creating gorgeous terrariums in the smallest of spaces including apartments, tiny homes, and small rooms
- Over 300 photos, illustrations, and step-by-step details for each project
- Everything you need to know to bring your own mini landscape to life with cacti, succulents, tropical plants, mosses, air plants and more
- Troubleshooting tips include how to identify symptoms of illness and control unwanted pests
- Plant care techniques and tips for maintaining a healthy and beautiful terrarium
About the Author
Enid G. Svymbersky is the creative blogger behind A Charming Project (acharmingproject.com), a DIY style website where she shares her passion for crafts, plants, and renter-friendly DIY.
Enid first started crafting as a creative outlet, and soon became hooked on blogging when her Coffee Pot Terrarium project went viral! Between brunching and happy hour, you can usually find her planting, hot gluing, or painting her next project.
Newly married, she lives in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area with her husband Michael… and in the near future, a dog named Waffles.