Our grandmothers had no idea what we crafty people would do with a mason jar. Oh sure, they used them to store buttons. But planters? Tissue holders? Light fixtures? No way! Well, twelve of us Canadian bloggers have done just that! We’ve all created something unique and different using mason jars as inspiriation. And in this first edition of 12 Months of DIY (where 12 Canadian bloggers create something all using the same inspiration product), I’ve created a DIY mason jar terrarium.
This is a simple craft that even the non-craftiness amongst us can make in less than 15 minutes. All you need is:
Quart Wide Mouth Mason Jars* I used a vintage quart sized mason jar that I had left over from my daughter’s wedding decor.
Potting soil – I like Scotts Organic Miracle-Gro Potting Mix*
3 or 4 small houseplants
long handled wooden spoon
DIY Mason Jar Terrarium:
Fill the mason jar about 1/4 full with a good quality potting soil.
Remove the plants from the pots they came in and shake off any dirt surrounding the roots. This makes them easier to plant.
Tips on Choosing Plants:
- Choose small sized healthy plants. Try to choose plants that will remain on the smaller size such as a miniature jade tree, baby’s tears or African violets.
- Choose a different variety of shapes and sizes of plants to create interest and contrast. Plus the individual plants will be easily identifiable.
- Choose plants that are hardy enough to stay in a closed environment. I chose succulents because they will survive nicely without a lot of watering.
- Choose plants that require the same amount of watering and light. For example, mixing a moisture loving African violet with a cactus won’t work well. You’ll either be underwatering the violet or overwatering the cactus.
To plant the terrarium, poke a hole in the soil with the handle of a wooden spoon. I found that by using kitchen tongs to place the plants in the soil made them easier to place. Tamp the soil down around the roots with the wooden spoon. Continue placing the plants until the jar is full.
At this point you can add some little stones for drainage. I actually used the ones that were on top of some narcissus bulbs, but they’re readily available at the dollar store.
Spray the plants lightly. Don’t overwater them. The moisture will stay in once the jar is sealed.
Place the diy mason jar terrarium in a bright, warm spot near a window. Mist it weakly and sit back and watch them grow.
I’m so pleased to be able to share this project with you as part of the #12monthsofDIY Instagram challenge. Check out my Instagram profile for a behind the scenes look at New House New Home
Now it’s time to see the rest of the DIY mason jar project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends.
From the top left, they are:
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