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How to Build a Terrarium

Glass cloche terrariums are not only appealing to the eye, but they also preserve a bit of nature in your home and serve as a simple, yet beautiful, piece of art. Closed terrariums are easy to care for, as they retain much of their own moisture and provide a warm environment with a consistent level of humidity. You won’t have to water the terrariums unless you see that the walls are not misting up. Small growing plants that don’t require a lot of light work best such as succulents, ferns, moss, even orchids.

Glass cloche terrariums
What You’ll Need:

  • Cloche
  • Planter saucer, small shallow dish or desired platform
  • Floral foam oasis
  • Ruler
  • Spoon
  • Floral wire pins or paper clips
  • Small plants (from a florist or nursery)
  • Moss
  • Tweezers
  • Other small decorative items (optional)
Step 1Measure the circumference of your cloche and cut the foam oasis about 3/4 inch (2 cm) smaller. Place the foam oasis into a container full of water and allow to soak until it sinks to the bottom. Dig out a hole on the oasis large enough to fit your plant, being careful not to pierce all the way through to the bottom.

Dig a hole in the oasis.
Step 2Insert your plant into the hole.

Orchid in foam oasis
Step 3You can add various plants if you wish.

Various foliage
Step 4Using floral pins, attach enough moss around the oasis to cover it.

Attach moss.
Step 5Gently place the cloche over the oasis. The glass may push some of the moss upward, exposing some of the foam.

Place cloche over oasis.
Step 6Simply pull down the moss with tweezers or insert more moss to fill in the empty spaces.

Rearrange moss.
Step 7You can use any platform you wish. In this case, a small saucer was used.

Place cloche on a platform to sit on.
Step 8This particular terrarium rests on a planter saucer and features a small white pumpkin.

Cloche placed on a terracotta saucer
Step 9This particular terrarium was placed on a wood slice and a little toy squirrel was placed inside to add a little whimsy.

Placed on a wooden slice
Finished TerrariumDisplayed alone or in a group, these pretty arrangements allow you to add a little nature to your decor or tablescape.

Cloche terrarium



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