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TERRARIUMS: CREATE YOUR OWN LITTLE WORLD

Ever dream of creating a world all your own – something that looks lovely, has the elements you love, and is entirely created by you? One easy way to play the creator is making your own terrarium!

A terrarium is a glass container in which you can create a small garden or world. Terrariums are very easy to make and maintain and add a touch of whimsy to your décor. All you need is potting soil, plants of your choice, a glass container, pebbles/stones, and small gardening tools.

Here are some simple steps to make your terrarium, from the designers at IKEA.

1. Your first step is choosing a glass container. Decide whether you want a closed or open terrarium.

Closed terrariums will work for plants that need to be compact and love humidity; this means most small house plants, moss, and fern.

They can be kept in the shade and need very little maintenance.

Open terrariums resemble glass planters.

Succulents and air plants work well in an open terrarium, which needs to placed in sunlight.

Place them on chic IKEA side tables or coffee tables to add some zing.

2. Once you have decided on your container, place a layer of small stones or pebbles at the bottom.

These will help in water drainage and ensure that excess water does not cause rot. This layer needs to be around 1.5-2 inches thick for effective drainage.

3. Add a thin layer of charcoal on top of the pebbles.

This keeps the water fresh and fights off bacterial growth.

4. Your next layer will be the potting soil.

Any type of soil will work, but you can also get special mixes that are available in the market.

This layer needs to be thick as your plants will take root here; around 2 inches of soil should do.

5. You can now start planting.

It is better if you first plant the largest one and then the smaller ones.

Make sure to leave enough space so they are not crowded together or touching each other.

Add the other plants as you fancy.

6. Complete with a layer of pebbles on top, add figurines or other features as you wish.

7. If your terrariums need warmth, you can also use an IKEA spotlight or strong light placed next to your terrarium.

You now have a beautiful piece of décor that you can take pride in.

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