By Jessie Stracener
Here’s for all you Star Wars fans out there!
I love Star Wars. Yes, Star Trek is pretty cool, but my heart belongs to Chewy. In that frame of mind I give you the Star Wars-themed terrarium! Terrariums seem to be popping up everywhere these days and I can definitely see the appeal. I worked in a biology building for three years in college and saw them all the time. Now I see them all over the Internet and on desks and in homes and on porches. These tiny ecosystems are great for people who think they can’t keep plants alive. The beauty of a terrarium is that it is virtually self-sustaining.
What you need:
- Activated Charcoal
- Glass container
- Tiny plants – Some great plants for a terrarium are Artillery Ferns, Hypoestes, Red Veined Prayer Plant, Baby’s Tears, Moss, Button Ferns, Ficus, and many others. Succulents such as Aloe and Hen and Chick are also great terrarium plants. The succulents will require a bit of sand as well as soil. There are some great resources for helping you pick out your plants here and here.
When I made my terrarium I used a lot of moss to emphasize the Star Wars theme. Lastly I found a tiny Star Wars toy to be the center of my little green space.
To make your very own terrarium, you will want to start with a rock layer, then add soil, a little activated charcoal, a little more soil, some sand, maybe some more rocks, etc. until you get it the height you want. Then add your plants. You can pretty much do anything with these and they come out looking great. Add a little water and you are good to go. You will need to water it about once a week, and keep in mind that your plants will need a little room to grow.
You can use any sort of container for your terrarium, but I think they look best in glass. I’ve used glass vases, glass candy dishes, punch glasses… really anything will work as long as your plant has room to grow. Used jelly or jam jars make great containers as well.
Experiment and have fun with it!
Photo credit: Megatone230
I am a happily married 24-year-old woman living in the heart of the south. By day I work primarily with children or doing some sort of clerical work. I’m an ace with excel spreadsheets and bandaging “boo boos”. I’ve had nearly every job you could think of and I have enjoyed most of them, from working at a museum, library, Microbiology lab, and a Music studio to being a birthday clown, a tutor, and pretty much anything else you can think of. I love to sew, cross stitch, embroider, and work with beads and wire to make awesome trees. I will try crafting anything at least once. I also love to read. I will read nearly anything. I also like to cook when I have the time.