Materials:Old watertight terrarium
River stones or pea gravel
Before you get started: Check to see if the aquarium is watertight by filling the bottom 2 inches with water. If it leaks, seal the seams with silicone and allow time to dry.
1. Fill the bottom of the aquarium with one inch of clean pea gravel.
4. Press gently to fill all air gaps around the roots.
5. Cover the soil with stones and seashells.
6. For a nice finishing touch, cover the top edge of the aquarium with a decorative tape.
7. If you wish to have a terrarium and not just a planter,
cover with a piece of glass.
NOTE: Be sure to choose the plant material wisely. Enclosing a terrarium creates a very damp environment. Plants such as ferns and ivy will thrive while plants like succulents will rot. Research your plant materials to provide the best possible growing habitat.
TIP: When it comes to creating terrariums, be sure to sterilize everything. Work with a pristine tank, clean river stones and fresh soil. If you like the idea of adding seashells, clean off all sea salt residue. Salt can be fatal to some plants.
This terrarium and other great ideas are featured in my article
“Off the Beaten Path”
in the June/July issue of Flea Market Décor magazine.