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How to Make a Family Terrarium

Terrariums are one of the easiest ways to keep plants alive in your home. Make one with a tiny family inside using miniature train display figures.

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Jessika Creedon © Jessika Creedon 2013

Materials Needed:

  • a clear glass vessel
  • potting soil
  • small pebbles and rocks
  • activated charcoal (in fish section of a pet store)
  • small bowl
  • moss
  • waterproof glue
  • spoon
  • tweezers
  • miniature figures (n scale railroad figures)
  • squirt bottle

Add Layers

Start with a 1-2-inch layer of any color decorative rock to ensure proper drainage (image 1). Next, add a 1/2-inch layer of charcoal to keep mold from growing (image 2). Add as many inches of soil as your vessel allows. The soil should not reach higher than 3 inches from the top edge of the vessel. Create mountains and valleys with the soil using a spoon (image 3).

Moisten the Moss

Soak the moss in a water filled bowl (image 1), and give the soil a few squirts of water to moisten (image 2). Squeeze out the extra water (image 3).

Add Moss

Add the moss to the terrarium, and use a spoon to create hills and valleys.

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