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How To: DIY Modern Terrarium

The holidays are approaching and we have gifts on the mind; and not just gifts, but modern decor with a personal touch. Enter the DIY modern terrarium.

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This gift is not only trendy, but is also easy to build and maintain. Plus what says happy holidays better than a plant? And when you give a terrarium in a modern glass, you take gift giving up another level.

What you will need:

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Step 1: Prep your glass

How To: DIY Modern Terrarium | YLiving

Start by washing your glasses to remove any potentially harmful residue that would affect your plants.

Step 2: Add your drainage layer

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Place a 1-2in layer of pebbles in the bottom of your glass. This will allow water to settle in the bottom of your terrarium, helping prevent over watering.

Step 3: Add the activated charcoal

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Add a small layer of activated charcoal, just enough to cover the rocks. Using activated charcoal will help keep your terrarium healthy, reducing bacteria and odors.

Step 4: Add the soil

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Add enough soil to allow the succulent’s roots to be happy and grow. Succulents and Cacti need special soil, so be sure to use soil formulated for these plants.

Step 5: Plant

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Remove plants from their pots, removing excess soil and loosening the roots. Plant the succulents and add in soil as needed to fill in the surrounding area. Press the soil down gently around the plants to secure them.

Step 6: Decorate your terrarium

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This is the best part, once your plants are in place, add in pieces of moss, rocks, crystals, branches, or natural material to decorate your new little plant world.

Succulents like warm indirect sunlight to flourish, so place your new terrarium in a windowsill or somewhere it will be happy in your home. While succulents are drought tolerant, water them 1-2 times a week but do not oversaturate.

How To: DIY Modern Terrarium | YLiving

How To: DIY Modern Terrarium | YLiving

If this is a gift for someone else, don’t wrap it up until a few hours before giving it away so that the plants can breathe. Giving this as a gift to a DIYer? Give them all the supplies in a gift basket with Revolution Wine and Water Glasses and let them make this modern terrarium themselves.

Chanel Cartier

Chanel Cartier

Chanel is a recent graduate from BYU and the first ever intern at YLiving. She may be new to the world of interior design, but she is already designing her future modern style house, starting with the Smoke Lounge Chair by Moooi.

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