The inspiration for this challenge came from Etsy. There are so many GORGEOUS terrariums online, but I thought I could try to DIY one at home for less! I have never tried to make one, so I thought this would be a good way to save some money and try something new.
There are several globe terrariums for sale on Etsy, but some of the ones I were drawn to ranged in price from $70-100!
I was able to create a globe terrarium with succulents and cactus for about $23.
I started out with a clean globe and added a layer of white sand to the bottom.
I then added the potting soil (must be specific for cactus and succulents) on top, with more along the back, so it slopes down toward the opening.
I then started layering the cactus and succulents. I removed the container they came in, and buried the roots in the soil. I then added more soil on top to cover the roots. Once positioned where I liked them, I added different kinds of moss all around the top of the soil and around the plants. I purchased a container of moss at the nursery for $1.50 that had several different types and colors of moss. This was perfect for what I needed!
Lastly, I added some rock to the front of the opening for additional texture and layering. It it tricky to fit your hand inside the opening to arrange everything, especially with prickly cactus front and center!
I plan to spray the inside of the terrarium with water every 2 weeks or so. All of these plants like to be very dry, so it will take some trial and error, but I always err on the side of under watering!
This terrarium has found a new home on my desk, next to my computer, and right by a window that gets bright light.
Globe - $10, 8 inches, from local nursery
Succulent #1 - $1.99, from local nursery, smallest size they offer
Succulent #2 - $1.99, from local nursery, smallest size they offer
Cactus #1 - pink, $4.00, from local nursery
Cactus #2 - prickly ball, $3.00, from local nursery
Moss - $1.50 from local nursery, used about 1/3, $.50
Sand - $1 from Dollar Tree, used about half, $.50
Rocks - $1 from Dollar Tree, used about half, $.50
Soil - $4.99 from local nursery, only used about 1/5, $1
Total cost, including the glass globe was around $23. I am so happy I have leftover sand, moss, rock, and soil, so I can try to make another one as a gift or for another room in the house! Low maintenance, fun to assemble, and very striking!
I participate in this challenge with several other bloggers, so be sure to check out what they have come up with this time around!
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