Tuesday, May 28, 2013

a little nature

The sun is shining and school is out, it's unofficially officially summer time. I met my cousins this past Saturday and we decided to bring a little of the outdoors in. That's right, we made terrariums. It was more expensive than I thought it would be - averaging, between the four creations, $20 each. However, we all spent different amounts on decorations and containers so individually I'm not sure how much they cost.

First, what do you need? We did succulent terrariums so we had to get:

  • open glass container
  • stones/rocks
  • activated charcoal/carbon
  • succulent soil (has sand in it)
  • succulents/cacti
  • decorations (optional)
We headed to Home Depot first where we got our succulents, but they did not have the specialty soil that we needed. The plants cost about $4 each. Then we headed to Dollar Tree where we found small rocks, large rocks, and seashells (which were not used in the end). All for a dollar of course. Then we headed to Hobby Lobby where we bought our decorations - flowers, plastic animals, model cherry blossom trees - and our glass containers which were 50% off. We also all checked out separately and used our 40% off coupons found on their website. Then we headed to Lowe's where we were able to find our specialty succulent soil which was $5. Finally to the fish aisle at Petsmart where we found our activated carbon for $12.

When we got back to the house we unwrapped everything and headed to the patio. First you do about a 2 inch layer of stones/rocks for drainage. Then a layer of carbon to help aerate the soil, followed by a layer of soil. Then you just get your plants, loosen the root ball and plant. Decorating and arranging in your glass container however you see fit.

I think it took longer to shop for the supplies than to actually make our little gardens but we had a lot of fun creating them.

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