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Terrarium Kits

Updated on September 23, 2014

Kits To Make Your Own Plant Terrarium

Using terrarium kits to make your own plant terrarium is a great hobby and past time that more and more people have started to discover and enjoy. You can buy your own kits, but if you are the crafty person, you can also make your own completely from scratch.

Here I will show you examples of both. If you prefer to work with a ready-made kit and you're looking for terrarium kits- where to buy them, then you can peruse the great list of kits for your enjoyment.

Image: Gothic House Carnivorous Terrarium

Alternatively you might want to learn how to make your own terrarium: there is a section below for it as well. Whether you use a kit or build your terrarium from scratch, you can be sure of hours of enjoyment with your new wonderful hobby which combines art and nature. Most of all, it is a hobby that kids can and will enjoy as well!

The Book That Got Me Onto This Wonderful Hobby

I've first come across this craft back in the late 1970s when you had those huge globe terrariums on stands, however I never imagined I would once want to make my own....right until about a year ago when I got an interesting book for my birthday: called Terrarium Craft: Create 50 Magical, Miniature Worlds.

I've then realized how magical this world is, and how easy it is to make your own terrarium in the first place. While you can make your own from scratch, there are many kits available that make it so easy to do the hob in less than an hour.

Terrarium Craft: Create 50 Magical, Miniature Worlds
Terrarium Craft: Create 50 Magical, Miniature Worlds

This book is great on teaching you how to make your own terrarium. It gives you examples of the different types of terrariums out there, the types of bowls that are perfect for it, and then it goes on to teach you how to make no less than 50 different terrariums with beautiful images and detailed descriptions.

The book is quite cheap (around $10 if I'm not mistaken) and whether you use it to make your own terrarium or give it as a birthday gift to a friend or relative, you can be use it will be well received and put to good use.

 

About Terrariums

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terrarium

What Is A Terrarium?

I know you might be eager to get started in looking at the various terrarium kits or learning how to make your own, but for those visitors who are not quite sure what this all is about, here is a short introduction to terrariums.

There are in fact two types of terrariums: one for animals (such as snakes), and one for plants. As I am not very fond of snakes, I'll be focusing here on the plant terrarium :)

The main idea of a plant terrarium is to hold the plants in controlled conditions which replicates almost to the letter a real life environment. As a child I imagined a terrarium as a small globe holding a favorite city within it just as the real world gives home to the actual city as well.

Terrarium will have soil, sand, pebbles and natural elements that are also available in the real world. In most cases you hold your everything in a glass container (so it is see-through), although I've actually seen terrariums made of wood as well. In a terrarium you control everything: from the temperature (humid, dry, cold or warm) right down to the light.

As for the size, I've seen terrariums from the very tiny ones that you can keep on your desk to really huge ones (remember the old ones in the 70s? I've seen some really big ones back then).

One of the great things of the terrarium as a hobby is that it can be taken care of by kids as well. In fact building terrariums is a great way to introduce children to gardening from early on and makes for a wonderful starter hobby.

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Table Top Wardian Display Case
Table Top Wardian Display Case

A Brief History Of The Plant Terrarium

It is said that the art of building and maintaining a terrarium has been started with Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward who in 1842 wrote a book called On the Growth of Plants in Closely Glazed Cases. He came upon it quite by surprise when in fact he wanted to watch an insect chrysalis turn into an insect. The only way he could think of doing it was by glass bottle with a wide mouth.

To his surprise soon he started seeing growing grass in that little bottle of his. And the rest is history...

The earlier types of terrarium were made of sheets of glass framed together with metal which were so popular in the Victorian England. It seems that this particular type is making a great comeback right now as there are many manufacturers making them and offering them in the market. See the image on the right for a visual example.

Terrarium Kits

Air Plant Tillandsia Bromeliads Kit with Pebbles and Moss

This is a great little kit for making a terrarium that is so easy to use that even kids can do it in record time and it will be fun for them to take care of. This particular kit includes the moss, pebbles, the glass container and the air plant.

Ideas where to keep this mini terrarium? You can keep it in your office on the desk, on the kitchen table or even hanging from above. Makes a great gift too.

Twig Terrariums Romantik Terrarium Kit

Romantik Desk Top Plant in Terrarium
Romantik Desk Top Plant in Terrarium

A gorgeous terrarium kit that comes with pretty much all materials that you need to make your own terrarium. The kit includes fresh moss, rocks, soil, filtration, glass container and tweezers to help you put the terrarium together. It is 9 inch tall, the glass is recycled and the corkscrew you see there is already attached. The perfect kit to start a new wonderful hobby!

 

Air Plant Easter Gift with Glass Globe Terrarium

This is one of the terrarium kits for Easter. It makes a perfect gift for any family member or dear friend. While bunnies are in style, little peeps are popular as well (maybe even more so!). You won't go wrong with this kit for next Easter.

It includes a pink and a yellow peep, hot pink Spanish mos and the air plant. It comes with the glass container (size 4.5 inches). You can either hang it from above or keep it on the desk or any other flat surface.

Tillandsia Airplant Oaxacana Teardrop Kit

I love this teardrop shape container for a plant terrarium. The kit includes the actual container, the air plant and the sand. Did you know that the Oaxacana plant blooms violet flowers? It's pretty awesome. This is why the kit makes for a really adorable birthday gift to anyone who loves plants.

The dimensions of the teardrop glass are 3.5 inches wide and .25 inches tall. You can keep it on the table or hang it from above.

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How To Make Your Own Terrarium

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When Not Using A Kit

If you want to make your own terrarium, but you don't want to use a ready-made kit, there are a few things you need to get. For starters you need the container (usually glass bowl). You then need fresh moss (depending on the terrarium you make, as some need only sand). You need the plant (or plants) to add to the bowl and a few other things, some of them which you can find in your own backyard or on the beach (pebbles).

Have fun putting together a terrarium. Below you will also find some great video tutorials to get you started with this awesome hobby and craft.

Absolutely love this handcrafted terrarium using a lightbulb. What an ingenious idea!
Absolutely love this handcrafted terrarium using a lightbulb. What an ingenious idea! | Source

How To Make A Simple Terrarium

Here are the instructions on making your first small terrarium in easy steps with a minimum of materials to get started

  1. Add a layer of small stones or pebbles at the bottom of your glass container.
  2. Next add a layer of soil (the container should be about half full with soil).
  3. Put the plant(s) in the container. Here is where you are getting creative in your arrangement.
  4. Add the remaining soil around the plants and then tap the soil down gently to hold the plant firm in place.
  5. Add a bit of water to the terrarium.
  6. Place your new terrarium to a place with a bit of sunlight, but not too much.
  7. To care for your terrarium simply check every few days if the soil is dry (stick your finger in the soil). Is the soil dry? Then add a bit of water to it. Is the bottom of the bowl full of water? Then avoid adding water to it for a couple of days.

Make Your Own Terrarium

Build a Terrarium - Adding Decorative Features

Build a Terrarium - Choosing a Container

Any Tips Using Terrarium Kits Or Making And Caring For A Terrarium?

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      They look fun to do

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      Iberville 5 years ago

      Great lens. I have never thought that there are special kits for making Terrariums.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      where can you buy miniature figerines

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      Gail47 5 years ago

      Love this lens! Brings back many memories of a former life that included terrariums.

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      Auntie-M LM 5 years ago

      Years ago when terrariums had a burst of popularity, I made a bunch for Christmas gifts. Near me was a "mystical" shop, and I got a little magician or dragon for each terrarium. They were perfect gifts. I am glad to see they are coming back.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I've one in the past, but it wasn't at all as beautiful as what you have here. Blessed!

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      I am a huge fan of terrariums (terraria?) but I hadn't seen those Twig terrarium kits before - that may have to go on my birthday wish list. :)

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      I've always been interesting in making one of these! Thanks for sharing this lens - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      ShoppingWithMonty 5 years ago

      These terrariums are really lovely. I might have a go at an airplant one..I'm not really green-fingered (as in everything I try to grow withers and dies!) so even I should be able to do this!