I stumbled upon a blog about building terrariums and I fell in love. Succulent plants that are used in terrariums are hardy and require very little maintenance which is just what I needed! Plus I loved the idea of having REAL plants instead of fake ones in my house to add a bit of color.
(photo courtesy of savedbylovedcreations)
Here's a picture from the blog that inspired me.
You can use moss in the terrariums and I was researching where to buy it then I realized... "HEY, I live right next to a forest..." so I took my 3 boys and we went hunting. We found a lot of moss!
Next I went around to all my local big box stores and nurseries to get a good selection of plants. Home Depot surprisingly had the best selection and prices and Wal-Mart had some pretty cacti for good prices, too.
Next was getting all the ingredients! I found all my glass dishes at the thrift store and the succulent/cactus soil and pea gravel at Home Depot.
Here's some that I put together.
This one is my favorite!
The aloe plant was the easiest to put together and actually looks nicer than I thought as a decoration.
(photo courtesy of Needles + Leaves)
Also, have you heard of propagating? You can easily grow new plants with a cutting or even a pedal for the "mother" plant! I couldn't believe it!
I bought some clippings from Amazon to try my own luck at propagating... we'll see...