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Micro Gardens: Create Your Own Terrarium

Micro Gardens: Create Your Own Terrarium

We wholeheartedly endorse the concept behind terrariums: Tiny, Perfect Worlds that add life and art to the home.  Since many of those we covet are pricey, we’ve found guidance and the proper tools to create our own versions. Here are a few of the essentials, along with some inspirational examples.

Above: A living work of art by New York garden artist Paula Hayes. Some of her pieces can take months, or even a year, to create. Hayes uses delicate, organically shaped handblown glass vessels to hold her organic designs.

Above: The Roost Recycled Glass Bubble Terrarium is free-blown without a mold, creating giant glass bubbles that are then flattened and curved into shape.

Above: Putting a truly unique spin on the concept, Philadelphia-based artist Jose Agatep created these one-of-a-kind terrariums with vintage bottles topped with light bulbs.

Above: To create your own, choose a glass terrarium in your preferred size and shape; these options, along with other study glass varieties, can be found at Terrain.

Above: Smaller glasses, such as these recycled glass Bolla Glass Hanging Vases at Napa Style, make for delicate, mini terrariums.

Above: A layer of flat moss or river stones creates a breathable base at the bottom of the terrarium.

Above: In order to achieve exact precision when placing items inside, it is essential to use the proper tools; the Okubo Shears (L) and the Terrarium Rake (R), both from Terrain, are good options.


Above: For thorough advice and inspirational images, Tovah Martin and Kindra Clineff divulge the proper tools to use, maintenance tips, and seasonal ideas in their book, The New Terrarium.

For more ideas on creating a unique micro landscape of your own, check out Remodelista’s posts DIY: Tabletops Terrariums, Centro Garden in Ontario, and Hanging Terrariums and Vases.


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8:19AM PDT on May 8, 2012

Terrariums have come a long way since I had one about 25 years ago!!

Now, I couldn't possibly have one since I have a cat who would tear it apart the first day!!

12:32AM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

Great! Thanks.

11:03PM PDT on Mar 11, 2012

Beautiful =)

12:20AM PST on Mar 10, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

8:21PM PST on Mar 9, 2012

very beautiful.

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6:32AM PST on Mar 9, 2012

would be nice.

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11:05AM PST on Mar 8, 2012

thank you for sharing!:)

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