Place a handful of small rocks in the bottom of a clean glass container.
Soak some dried moss in water for one minute, then gently wring it out. Push it down over the rocks to cover completely. Add a layer of unfertilized soil.
Arrange fresh moss on top and add more rocks to make a mini landscape. Position taller pieces to stand up like trees and flatter ones to act as grass.
Add fun flare. Prop tiny figurines, animals and buildings into the moss to create a theme. (Unpainted metal objects may rust, but just about anything else goes!) Place a lid on the container to seal the terrarium and lock in moisture.
MEET THE MATERIALS
Rocks for aeration
Small rocks help prevent mold by providing air pockets beneath the damp moss and soil. Choose crushed marble, pea gravel or polished rocks. Available at garden shops, hardware stores or the fish aisle at a pet store.
Potting soil and dried moss for nutrients
and moisture Just a thin layer is all you need to water and nourish the fresh moss. Available at garden or hardware stores.
Fresh moss for greenery
About 10 terrarium-friendly types exist (cushion, rock cap, sheet or fern mosses are easy to find), but all are equally low-maintenance. Available online (try ebay.com or etsy.com) or at garden stores.
Cheeky flourishes make each terrarium unique. Search toy stores, hobby shops and websites for miniature figures (like those meant for model railroads).
Hobbylinc.com has hundreds of hilarious pintsize characters and scenery props, like hot dog carts and park benches.
4 COOL TERRARIUMS
Bring a fun theme to life with backyard items -- twigs, acorns and pieces of bark are pretty additions. Terrariums make great personalized gifts, too.
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