Turn your empty spice jars into mini moss terrariums with this fun, simple Earth Week project. Tiny terrariums are the perfect way to green up your home decor, and they also make great recycled gifts!
* Spice jars, cleaned and dried
* Fresh moss or Dehydrated live terrarium moss, soaked per package instructions
* Dried moss
* Polished gravel
* Terrarium soil
* Bamboo skewer or chopstick
* Plant mister
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Gather your terrarium supplies, then assemble the gravel, dried moss, and soil layers as shown above. Lightly spray the soil with the plant mister to dampen. (You will add the top moss layer in the next step.)
Important: Before you start your terrarium, make sure you allow enough time to soak and rehydrate any dry materials, including dehydrated moss, dried moss, and compressed soil. The soaking process generally takes about 3 hours.
Once your layers are in place, use a bamboo skewer or a chopstick to artfully arrange your moss, pressing it firmly into the soil. When you’re done, place a few pebbles on top of the moss to add some color and finish off the landscape.
Mist the moss lightly, then secure the lid. Place your finished terrarium in a shady spot where it will receive only filtered light.
To keep your terrarium healthy, spray it every 3-4 weeks (or more often if it’s hot/dry) with a plant mister. The moss should be damp, but never wet.
• If your water is very hard or contains chlorine, you’ll want to use bottled water to rehydrate your materials and water your terrarium. Chemicals in water can burn moss and cause it to turn brown and die.
• Most mosses like filtered light or shade. Avoid putting your terrarium in a window or any location where it will be exposed to direct sunlight.
• Build moss terrariums in containers with lids. Open containers dry out quickly and require daily attention.
• If you’ve over-watered or notice a ton of condensation on the glass, open the top for a few hours to allow some of the extra moisture to evaporate.
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Ah :D this is so cool!!
Thanks! I can't bring myself to recycle such cute little jars, so I'm glad I finally came up with a good way to use them. :)
These are just darling. I can see my older folks doing them. They love live plants.
Thanks so much for sharing such a beautiful unique project.
Do you think I can use any kind of moss? I have lots of moss growing in my yard. It would be great if I could just borrow some from there.
Moss from your yard should be fine, but make sure you check with your local moss harvesting laws to make sure you’re not gathering a variety that’s endangered. You might also want to quarantine the moss before you put it in your terrarium to make sure there aren’t any bugs in it.
I think these are both good ideas. Thanks for the suggestion.
Hey, I rarely leave comments, but it’s now winter and I have the itch to grow stuff. While the seeds to my herbs have only just been planted I need some thing green and beautiful inside. This is great. Also your link for the mosses and soil got me the best deal (Amazon Prime Member). Thank You :-)
Can i use aromatic pkants, those to cook? SORRY ABOUT ENGLISH
Herbs used in cooking generally grow best in pots or planters with good drainage, so terrariums probably aren’t ideal for your needs.
How would you advise rehydrating or “soaking” soil? Just put it in water for three hours?
Any dried or compressed materials should include instructions on the packaging for rehydrating the item. The amount of water needed, etc. can vary depending on the material–that’s why it’s a good idea to follow the instructions on the packaging–but I included the 3 hour time in the instructions because, when planning this particular project, it’s a good idea to keep it mind that it can take several hours for the materials to become fully saturated.