Mini TerrariumMarch 30, 2009 at 8:44 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
This cute little bottle has been sitting on my kitchen windowsill since November. I really like how it looks, so it has been sitting up there, waiting to be used in an art project. While looking for VBS craft ideas, I ran across a moss terrarium project. I knew I had a good use for my bottle!
I left my hand in the photo for scale, so you can see just how small the 6 oz glass bottle is. Including gathering my supplies, this project took about 40 minutes to complete.
First, I rinsed the bottle off, since it was a little dusty. I then used some scrap paper (an old envelope) to make an extension for my funnel – I wanted to be able to add the rocks, charcoal, and dirt without getting the sides of my pretty bottle dirty. I used substrate and gravel that came our of our old fish tank, and barely covered the bottom with it. Next I sprinkle in some activated charcoal (also pirated from the fish tank supplies.) My potting soil was a little bit damp, so I had to force it through the funnel with a chop stick.
I used the flat back end of the chopstick to pat the soil level. Then, I broke off small pieces of moss, and fed them through the paper tube one at a time. I found the moss growing around my a/c unit outside, and scooped up several pretty pieces with a spoon. I pushed them into place with the chopstick.
I left a little space between the moss chunks for future growth. Since my soil was already damp, I didn’t add any water. I didn’t paint the cap because I liked the simple design of red Japanese characters. I did find tiny white worms on the sides of the bottle the next morning, but since I’m sure they can’t get out I’ll just leave them.