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HometoCottage.com DIY Hanging Terrarium

It’s January in NW Wisconsin, that means cold… but one of the best ways I know to ward off the winter blues is to garden. Obviously there won’t be any gardening outside these days up here, but indoor gardening will work just fine, and these charming hanging terrariums are perfect for that! Here’s where to get them, and a few tips to hopefully grow some healthy plants in them…

First of all, where to get the actual glass hanging terrariums? Well, I’ve seen them a few places, but by far, the best deal I’ve seen on them, (and where I got these 2 from) is here: hanging glass terrarium . I ordered them online and they shipped out to me in a few days. They have round styles and these teardrop shapes, in a couple of sizes…

We have a bay window in our breakfast room where I already had an antique mason jar stained glass art piece hanging, and I decided that these would compliment that well. I simply screwed in a couple of cup hooks in the wood ceiling of the bay window, (after pre-drilling hole first)

HometoCottage.com empty terrariums hung up

The twine rope that came attached on them was a little too short, so I grabbed some leftover chain from the junk drawer… not sure that I’ll keep that like that though… maybe just longer pieces of either twine or chain without mixing the two would look better.

Now for the actual planting of the terrariums…

HometoCottage.com rocks in bottom for drainage

Obviously there’s not drainage in a hanging terrarium like these, so to give a little help with drainage, I first added some small rocks to the bottom.

Then for a little more drainage security, I added a bit of this cactus potting mix that I had leftover from repotting my jade plant.

HometoCottage.com cactus potting mix for extra drainage

It’s designed to allow the water to quickly flow through it, to help prevent roots from rotting by sitting in water.

Finally,

HometoCottage.com potting soil

I added a couple spoonfuls of this potting mix on the top.

Both of these potting mix styles are available online here:  potting soil

HometoCottage.com terrarium ready for plants

There, all ready for a few plants. Here’s a tip: see how I have the terrarium setting in a bowl? With the rounded bottom of the hanging terrarium, that’s the only way I found it possible to pot and still have 2 free hands.

HometoCottage.com first tall plant in terrarium

In goes the first plant. I chose only 2 mini plants for these terrariums. I actually started out by buying a small fern, but once I tried to put that in, it looked ridiculously large and overgrown… so think small… real small, when you’re picking out plants for these containers.

HometoCottage.com spoon in extra soil around plant

Next I carefully put in spoonfuls of soil around that newly potted plant.

Some plants can be easily split, depending on their roots.

HometoCottage.com low growing plant gets split for terrarium

This low growing ground cover is the perfect type of plant to split.

Half of the ground cover was added to each of the hanging terrariums, favoring the front, sides.

HometoCottage.com hanging terrarium all done

Once the two plants were in, I added a line of rock and a couple of faux moss covered rocks for a little more visual interest. When I was in the greenhouse, I was debating if I was going to add a few items, more in the fairy garden theme, but I decided that these would look better as just natural organic textural terrariums.

HometoCottage.com water hanging terrarium with a mister

Here’s another tip: for watering the plants in these hanging terrariums, a mister sprayer type is the way to go. That way you avoid dumping in too much water.

HometoCottage.com hanging terrarium all done

I love the way they look. The textural organic inside the smooth contemporary glass is a fun juxtaposition.

HometoCottage.com hanging terrariums look good with antique mason jar stained glass art

And the two hanging terrariums look great hanging next to the antique mason jar stained glass art too!

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    • Liz says

      Thanks Nancy! We actually moved and it’s packed away still. But it was fun, I loved it. Not sure where I’ll use it at new house… Maybe kitchen bay window?

  1. Rebecca says

    What a great project to help get rid of the winter blues. And your terrariums look beautiful. I especially love the stream of rocks going through them.

    • Liz says

      Thanks Rebecca… I actually decided on the rocks at the last minute, looking for a little more natural texture, and I like the addition too.

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