The Bug

Okay, it happened. We got bit by the terrarium bug (metaphorically speaking, of course – a real life terrarium bug would be frowned upon.) The idea of a self-contained plant environment that needed little maintenance admittedly intrigued us and our broken, brown thumbs. They’re trendy, they’re everywhere, and we wanted one, too. Perhaps the trickiest part was finding that perfect vessel, but I think we nailed it:

We were hoping to stumble upon a perfectly mid-sized terrarium by chance – with looming warm weather yard sales, upcoming flea markets and the like – but Kim’s impatience and failed online searches forced a retail move, and off to Sprout Home we went (love that place). Although paying retail is generally not something we’re excited about, Etsy and Ebay scouring left us realizing that the big beauty we’ve found is actually not so bad a deal, and the heavy, sturdy glass looks pretty pricey (without being terribly so).

Now that the glass is home, clean and ready for planting, we’ve simply got to pick up the necessary substrates, plants, and (if I can convince Kim) a few green army men to liven up the scene inside the glass bubble-world. We’re definitely taking our time to research the process, and you know we’re loving the whole DIY make-it-our-own thing. But plants have died at our incapable hands in the past, so we’ll try to make it right with this handy guide.

Have any of you beaten us to the so-called terrarium punch? We know they’re making quite the comeback, so somebody’s gotta have cool, unique ideas growing. Please, send us your pictures and links!

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  • Amanda @ Our Humble A{Bowe}d - March 23, 2011 - 9:36 AM

    I made a terrarium last summer, complete with polymer clay birds, hedgehogs and a gnome. Moss is a really easy plant in the terrarium.

  • Kim - March 23, 2011 - 10:48 AM

    Amanda, cute! Maybe we’ll attempt to make our own little figurines – great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House - March 23, 2011 - 11:55 AM

    I haven’t been bitten by the terrarium bug yet, but I may be if you add army men to yours! HahaReplyCancel

  • emily @ the happy home - March 23, 2011 - 12:45 PM

    i love the idea! i’ve been trying to get some air plants into our house (even more low maintenance), but they don’t have room for army men :-)ReplyCancel

  • ann - March 23, 2011 - 3:44 PM

    Scott – You ARE experienced at this. Don’t you remember the terrarium you made in Cub Scouts? It lasted several years.ReplyCancel

  • Scott - March 23, 2011 - 4:10 PM

    Ha! I was just telling Kim about that the other day… didn’t you eventually transplant some of the mini ivy to another pot?

    I just hope we can keep things alive this time!ReplyCancel

  • Dave - March 23, 2011 - 5:18 PM

    Army men and a small tank! Yes!ReplyCancel

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