Young and Crafty Sisters: Succulent Terrarium by Kent Heartstrings

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Succulent Terrarium by Kent Heartstrings


I am so excited to have Cassie from Kent Heartstring here. Her succulent terrarium turned out beautifully and makes me want to give it a try! Be sure to head to her blog and check out some other things she's done.

Cassie Kent is the author behind the blog Kent Heartstrings and the hostess of Kreative.  She is married to Mike, who keeps her grounded and the family always focused on Christ...and it helps that he can always make her laugh. They have been married for 6 years and live in Southern California. Her world is her two children, Gigi who is 4 (going on 16) and Charlie a 6 month old chunker. She is a stay-at-home mama, but seems to never really be at "home".  Her heart comes alive when she is creating. It doesn't matter if it's a messy egg-carton creature or a beautiful DIY home-decor piece, she is always keeping busy and working on a project or 2..or 3.

I am slightly succulent obsessed.  This is one of the many projects I have going on right now that deal with succulents.  The reason why I love them so much is you don't need a green thumb (phew! the pressure is off!) they are very hard to kill and need very little work.  Which is good for me, because I seem to kill anything that grows! This is an easy-peasy project for you to make a low-maintenance garden for your home.
1. Glass vessel of any shape or size
2. rocks/gravel
3. Activated Charcoal (found at your local pet store- this helps prevent mold and bacteria from building up)
4. Moss (optional)
5. Potting Soil
6. Succulents
7. Decorative touches- a fun top layer (I used a sparkly broken glass looking stuff intended for a vase filler to add a fun glittery effect on mine) you can also add more rocks, wood, seashells, miniature figurines...whatever you fancy, and all entirely optional

Putting it all together:

In your glass vessel of choice do the following steps:
1. Add gravel/rocks about 1 inch thick or more depending on your preference
2. Add a thin layer of activated charcoal
3. Add moss (optional) I wanted it more for looks, but it also helps keep the moisture in
4. Add soil 1-2 inch thick
5. Add succulents (I used trimmings from my yard, so I didn't even have to purchase new .99 baby!)
6. Add all the decorative touches you want...or not
Terrarium Maintenance:
Just an occasion spritzing of water once a week and put in a place in your home that gets good indirect sunlight
Enjoy your little (practically no maintenance) garden! 
Fingers crossed I wont kill this one! ;)