A terrarium centerpiece will make a stunning addition to any home. It is a way to have a small heavenly garden inside your home during the winter months, which is especially great if you are a gardener who is going through withdrawals. The glass plate part of the centerpiece can be used to display fruit, candles or additional flowers. If you do any fall entertaining, this is a must-have centerpiece for your party decor. Kids will love to get involved in the selection of the plants and assembling of the terrarium. For added beauty, choose wildlife figurines to enhance your terrarium centerpiece.
Personalized Terrarium Centerpiece
- Jar with a flat lid
- Large glass plate
- Activated charcoal
- Sphagnum moss
- Terrarium-friendly plants
- Small stones
- Rub-on letter
Choose plants for your terrarium that are various heights, colors and textures. The professionals at your local nursery can help you select the plants and supplies needed for making your terrarium. Cactus and button ferns are common plant choices for terrariums, which I have had good luck with. Also, you want to choose plants that will remain small and grow slow.
- Wash and dry your jar.
- Choose the first letter of your last name for personalizing your jar. Place the letter on the center, front of the jar. Rub, then carefully remove the backing. Gently rub your finger over the letter to make sure it completely stuck to the glass. You could also use a stick-on letter to personalize your jar.
- Put a layer of rocks at the bottom of your jar to help with drainage. I use a small spoon to help pour the rocks and spread them out, and I use a large spoon for steps four through six.
- Sprinkle a layer of charcoal over the stones. The charcoal will help to keep the air clean in the terrarium.
- Spread out and separate pieces of your moss. Place the moss pieces evenly over the top of your last layer. This type of moss will help prevent over watering and root rot.
- Add a thick layer of soil.
- Create the design and layout for the placement of the plants in your terrarium, then start planting your plants. One design I favor is planting the tall plants in the back with the smaller ones to the side or front. This design will give your terrarium a full look.
- The next step is decorating your terrarium with figurines that represent your personality. I love cats, and found some small kitty figurines that I placed in one of my plants for a whimsical look. I used tweezers to help me place the figurines in my terrarium because the jar opening was too small for my hand to fit through.
- Place your large glass plate centered on top of your terrarium.
I love using my terrarium centerpiece as a dessert display when I do fall entertaining. I put a beautiful pie or cupcakes on the clear plate that was placed on top of my terrarium. Then I placed my dessert terrarium platter on the center of my dining room table, which wowed my guests. You could also put a small bouquet of flowers on the plate or a trio of candles for a stunning foyer centerpiece.
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