Reporter’s note: This is just a step-by-step guide for a simple spooky do-it-yourself terrarium. There are endless options and combinations beyond those shown here. Choose what you like and do your research – and you can build the scary land of your dreamss.
Halloween officially ends in two weeks – which means the spooky season has come to an end bloody.
When you welcome trick-or-treaters and host costume parties, terrariums are an easy way to add a slight elegance to your horror decor. Plus, in addition to the visual appearance they bring, they are more sustainable than other decorations, and you won’t have to find extra storage for them once the holiday is over. It really is the perfect year-round decoration (you can either switch the decorations for each holiday or just leave them as is).
So, I’ll teach you how to build a scary tub (or two) for less than $40. Please note: costs may fluctuate depending on your location.
Just for some background, this idea came to me when I was shopping for plants at my local grocery store and noticed an 8-inch terrarium for $40. While I was inclined to buy, I decided it was too expensive for something I could make on my own. In fact, I didn’t actually save any money – but I was able to make money two price One.
After researching at least a dozen sites and reaching out to my friend, Vikram Baleja—a.k.a. Professor of Botany—who teaches plant science and directs a horticultural garden and greenhouse at Texas Tech University, here’s my step-by-step guide on how to build a neural terrarium.
Step one: Decide which plants you want to use in your terrarium before making any purchases. Your base and container size (as well as its openness) will depend on the choice of plant.
Because I already have a succulent that needs to be transplanted, this is what I used. So, I knew I had to buy an open container ($5.49), because succulents and cacti can’t stand the same humidity as tropical plants that can live in fully closed containers.
The bowl can be plastic or glass, from any empty 2-liter soda bottle and fish tank to a regular serving bowl or candy jar.
Note that with the difference in enclosures, as well as the polar opposite watering requirements, you should understand that plants adapted to arid climates–such as succulents and cacti–likely do not belong to common ground with plants that thrive in moisture like ferns and African violets. Either submerge one under water or submerge the other.
Extra total: $5.49 for one person or $10.98 for two people
Step Two: Add drainage layers.
Since terrariums do not have drainage holes, it is important to create layers to prevent the roots from rotting. Start your terrarium with a 2-inch layer of pebbles, pebbles, or sea glass.
In person, I went to the pet section of my local grocery store and bought a bag of aquarium pebbles ($4.99)—black, of course, to embrace the spooky essence.
Some planters swear by adding a quarter to a half inch of activated charcoal on top of the gravel, Baleja said, to prevent potential fungal problems, but he never found that necessary.
Extra total: $10.48 for one person or $15.97 for two people
Step Three: Add your base.
Usually, your base will depend on the plant, but for the most part, it should be sandy or potting soil.
Since I bought my succulents in potting soil, where they stayed for several weeks, I decided to keep potting the soil ($3.35) and not push my luck on Halloween—especially since I made all my purchases on the 13th.
However, Baliga’s recommendation for succulents and cacti is a mixture that contains perlite and sand, perhaps with a light layer of gravel on top.
Extra total: $13.83 for one person or $19.88 for two.
Step Four: Add Your Plant and (optional) some algae.
Add your plants now!
Unfortunately, I got it wrong later, because I decided – once I had already completed the project – that I should pack my tub more and add another plant. over here The point is that you should decide exactly how many plants you want.
I also added moss. As an added bonus to their visual appeal, they pair well with succulents for their absorption and the help they provide in preventing moldy problems. This is a completely optional step, though.
Since there is no additional factory cost at this point, this did not add to my collection. Succulents typically range between $2 and $5, so with two per container, the cost can increase between $4 and $10 per terrarium.
For the sake of our budget, we’ll add the least expensive cost to the total cost.
Extra total: $17.83 for one person or $23.88 for two people.
Step Five: Bring the Decor!
Since I planned to build a couple of terrariums, I bought a 10-pack of mini scary ornaments ($15.99) – which, funny, were also meant for fish tanks. But if you just want to make one, I’ve found packages between $3.50 and $6.
Of my choices, I chose to include skull figurines, a cemetery cross, and a death reaper bearing a tombstone that reads: “My Beloved.”
Extra total: $21.33 to $33.82 for one or $39.87 for two.
Step Six: Continue to care for your terrarium.
(For me, step six was adding in the second plant and repeating steps four and five. I hope you don’t have to do that.)
The animal pool is complete! Now is the time to take care of him.
Place the terrarium in a well-lit window and water on occasion.
For open terrariums, use a spray bottle—or add a tablespoon of water—weekly or when the soil is dry. stop when water collects under the gravel; I’ve watered a tad too much already at this point, but it shouldn’t hurt too much.
Closed terrariums are somewhat self-sustaining because of the moisture that recycles itself, so you may only need to water every four to six months. Use your judgment to decide the right time. But remember that over-watering is the most common problem with terrarium maintenance.
No matter what type of plant, container, and decorations you choose, good luck.
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