I don’t know if you’ve heard, but the economy sucks.
I love giving presents, but my bank account hates it. Every Holiday season I struggle with finding gifts that are easy on the wallet, but also original and thoughtful. I am open to the idea of making gifts, but I’m not very crafty (even though I really, really want to be).
Well, I am so pleased with myself this year because look at what I made:
And if I had really great lighting, expensive furniture, and a childless house they might look more like this:
You get the picture, right?
I love terrariums for many reasons. First, they are really chic and stylish. Second, the are very low maintenance. Third, they are inexpensive and easy to make. This the most winning combination ever!
The best part about making your own terrarium is: it’s really cheap. I spent about $30 on all three of them, and I have enough leftover supplies to make at least four more. That’s less than $5 each. I feel so thrifty!
I have seen really cool terrariums in hip and trendy stores that sell for over $100 each. That’s madness!
Not only can you make your very own terrarium without forking over a fat wad of cash in the process, but they are really easy to make and you don’t have to have any special skills or talent to do it. It’s my dream come true.
Ready for the instructions? Here you go:
How to Make a DIY Terrarium That Looks Like It Cost a Million (or $100) Dollars
- Clear glass containers: I bought mine at a thrift store for a few doallars each.
- Cactus/Succulet Mix (soil)
- Lava Rock: This comes in different sizes and colors. I used the small black variety.
- A variety of succulent and/or cactus babies: I cut some from my parent’s house and my pots in the front yard.
Helpful tip: Most of these things can be found at Home Depot or your local nursery.
Helpful tip: If you cut your own babies, they need to dry out for about 72 hours before you plant them. They do not need to be soaked in water before they are planted again.
Step 1: Put a layer of charcoal at the bottom of the glass containers. This helps absorb odors.
Step 2: Put a layer of lava rock on top of the charcoal. This helps with drainage.
Step 3: Put a layer of soil on top of the lava rock. My layer was about 2 inches thick.
Step 4: Plant the succulents and/or cacti. Just shove them down into the dirt and make them nice and cozy. Don’t over think this part- it’s hard to mess up.
Helpful tip: I think the terrariums look best when grouped in odd numbers like three or five.
Step 5: Put another layer of lava rock on top of the soil and in between the plants. It should look like this when you are done:
Don’t forget to add a little water. I added just enough to moisten the soil. Less is more.
That’s it! How easy is that?
Don’t be surprised when I show up on your doorstep with one of these in my hands, and you definitely know what I’m bringing to the annual gift exchange party this year. Sorry to spoil it for you.
What are some of the budget-friendly genius gift ideas that you are employing this year?