Spring is here, which means Mother’s Day is right around the corner. We have the perfect home crafted gift idea that involves finding your inner green thumb. Rick Houck, our quality control expert helped us create a beautiful terrarium from a glass teapot. Terrariums are petite sized greenhouses growing in a glass container such as a mason jar, light bulb or glass ornament. Since we are a tea company and in keeping with our sustainable efforts, we repurposed an old glass teapot that was missing its infuser as our home for our terrarium. This easy activity is a great gift for mom but also can be enjoyed by all nature lovers. It makes for a nice centerpiece for parties or everyday décor to bring the beauty of a garden indoors.
You Will Need:
· Glass teapot with lid
· Shredded cedar
· Drainage rocks or marble pebbles
· Potting, sterilized soil
· Miniature plants such as succulents, tillandsia (air plants), preserved moss (not live)
· Stickers (optional)
You can find all materials at a gardening store like Lowe’s or Home Depot. First, make sure your teapot is clean and dry. Line the bottom of the pot with drainage rocks. We used shiny blue and white decorative marble pebbles. Then, add a layer of shredded cedar. If you don’t have sterilized soil, bake the potting soil in the oven for about half an hour at 140-170°F. Mix the soil with a few tablespoons of sand to assist with drainage and create texture. Add water to moisten and slightly dampen the mixed soil and sand. Add the new mixture on top of the cedar. Finally, arrange your tiny plants with their roots into the soil. You can cut down succulents to fit into the pot as we did. Be creative and arrange to your preference. We added another layer of cedar and topped it with the marble pebbles for a water effect. We also added stickers to the outside of the teapot as a final touch. Have fun and show us how your terrarium turns out on our Facebook page!
*Tips: Keep under partial sunlight. Water once a week with a spray bottle. If the glass gets cloudy, remove the lid.
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