How to make a terrarium workshop in Åhaven

If you love gardening, but you don’t have a yard, you have two options: join an urban garden in your town or make a terrarium (or more) for your house.

We combined these ideas in a “How to make a terrarium workshop” that took place in Åhaven, last Sunday. Enthusiastic green fingers, big and small, joined us and we couldn’t be more proud of the results.

What’s the thing with the terrariums?

According to Wikipedia, the first terrarium was developed by botanist Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward in 1842. Ward had an interest in observing insect behavior and accidentally left one of the jars unattended. A fern spore in the jar grew, germinated into a plant, and this jar resulted in the first terrarium. The trend quickly spread in the Victorian Era amongst the English.

Nowadays, a terrarium is a great way to bring a little bit of nature inside our homes, and they are perfect gifts. In fact, I started making them after I ordered one for my mother. I wanted to give her flowers, but flowers that are alive.

Then, I realized that it is a perfect no-screen activity for my kids. Read my story here:

How to make a terrarium:

This workshop focused on open terrariums. All the vessels and decorations were bought from second-hand shops because I also encourage recycling.

You need:

  • Glass Vessel
  • Small Stones
  • Activated Charcoal
  • Potting Soil
  • Plants –  For open terrariums, the recommended plants are: air plants, succulents and mini-cacti.

Step by step:

  • Cover the bottom of your terrarium with a 1 ½ inch-thick layer of small stones. It will act as drainage for your terrarium.
  • Add a very thin layer of activated charcoal. It will keep water fresh and fight off any bacterial growth in your terrarium.
  • Add a layer of potting soil. Any potting soil mix will do, although if you’re planting succulents or cacti, there are specialized mixes you can use.
  • Add your plants.
  • Add some personality to your terrarium with miniature figures, painted stones.
  • And, of course, don’t forget to have fun! 🙂

How to care for your terrarium:

Place it in a very bright spot.

Lightly water it every two weeks or once the soil looks like it has dried out.

PS: If you don’t feel like gathering the supplies to make your terrarium, keep on eye on our Facebook page for future workshops.

photos by Michala Ammitzbøll Sandberg and Cristina Popov