Take a look at how adorable it is and it couldn't be easier to make!
The best part is if you are short on time and want to make a unique gift for someone, my butter dish terrarium will take you about 5 minutes to make and cost around ten dollars, including the butter dish!
Materials for Creating a Bunny Dish Terrarium
- Glass butter dish: Mine was on sale at Home Goods for $3.99!
- Horticultural charcoal: This is special activated charcoal for horticultural use, not BBQ!
- Pea gravel: Don't use large stones. Small gravel is better for drainage.
- Potting soil: Ordinary potting soil. You'll need a few tablespoons.
- Sphagnum moss: Buy at garden center or craft store
- Reindeer moss: Buy at garden center or craft store
- Baby's tear plant: Buy small 4"-inch pot. Remove half of the soil so that root area is less than one-inch tall.
- Seashell: Everybody has a seashell laying around, put it to work!
- Ceramic bunny figurine: This cute bunny was given to me by the Wholesale Fairy Gardens online store, check them out or use a figurine from the toy box!
Steps for Creating Butter Dish Terrarium
- Add a thin layer of 50% pea gravel and 50% horticultural charcoal to the bottom of the butter dish for proper drainage.
Don't make it too thick as you still have to add the potting soil and plant and need to be able to cover it without squishing the plant!
2. Add a few tablespoons of potting soil on top of pea gravel mix.
Use only enough to cover the roots of the baby's tear plant.
3. Remove half of the soil from the baby's tear plant so that it stands less than one-inch tall.
Don't worry, you won't kill your plant!
Plant in soil and cover the roots.
4. Use some sphagnum moss around the perimeter of the butter dish to keep the gravel, soil and plant in place.
5. Mist the baby's tear plant and surrounding moss.
6. Top dress with decorative reindeer moss so you don't see the soil or gravel mixture.
7. Add seashell and bunny decor. Have fun!
8. Cover the butter dish planter and place in a bright spot that does not receive direct sunlight.
Terrarium plants are especially vulnerable to scorching so place in a safe spot.
Butter Dish Terrarium Maintenance
The good news about most terrarium plants is that you don't have to fertilize them!
Fertilizing encourages rampant growth and this is the opposite of what you want for your terrarium plants.
Small, short and slow growing plants like Baby's tears are ideal under glass.
Don't be alarmed if you see condensation drops on the glass, this is normal.
It means that the terrarium is moist.
Open the butter dish periodically and check the moisture level.
If the baby's tear plant feels dry, mist and water it again.
This particular design is very easy care and I water mine every 10 days.
Terrariums are back in style after a short hiatus from their hayday in the 1970's!
Don't feel that you have to spend a lot of money to create a beautiful display.
Some of the nicest terrariums showcase a single beautiful stone or piece of wood placed on sand.
Give it a try and let me know how it goes!
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