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Besides being easy to set up, hanging terrariums are the easy to maintain even for someone with the palest of green thumbs. What’s more, they make for cute gifts on just about any occasion. Here, we illustrate how to set up a hanging terrarium using a mason jar. The glass terrarium container, however, take the form of anything, from a transparent Moroccan lantern to a light bulb. It is always advisable to use one that’s enclosed to ensure high humidity levels within the terrarium jars.
Terrarium Jars
Kit up
For the terrarium:
  • Glass container (Mason jar, light bulb, Moroccan lantern, test tube, etc) 
  • Twine (Coloured rope, ribbon, etc)
  • Metallic marker 
  • Quick-stick adhesive 
For the contents of the terrarium:
  • Pebbles/gravel
  • Charcoal
  • Potting soil 
  1. Let’s start with the fun part: knowing how to decorate terrarium. Use a metallic marker to draw patterns along the outer surface of the glass container. If you’re not artistically inclined, try stencilled shapes or easy-to-follow Zentangle tutorials online. Once complete, leave to dry.
  2. Next, measure the length of twine based on how low you want the jar to hang from the ceiling. Add about three inches to that, and double the length. There are several ways to make a jar sling, but the simplest is with a fisherman’s knot as seen here.
  3. Sling in place, it’s now time to pot the plants. Layer the base, starting with an inch-thick level of pebbles/rocks. This serves as a drainage system for the roots. Top it with a thin layer of activated charcoal, which ensures the water stays fresh. Finally, a 2-3 inch-thick layer of potting soil.
  4. Starting with the biggest, place the plants in the terrarium. Remember to gently remove as much soil possible from the root mass and trim long roots. Tip: Do a mock arrangement on the tabletop first to check for visual appeal.
  5. Drill a hole or two into the lid and screw it onto the jar.

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