Monday, 13 November 2017

DIY Terrariums [With Christmas Tree GIVEAWAY]

If you have got that green fingers, and don't exactly have a huge garden space for plants, terrariums are perfect. We love having greens indoor, and terrariums fit the bill well. It is a fun hobby that both grown ups and kids love!

Masons home decor sent us 2 sets of terrariums, which is looking great on the kids' desk. Great for those eyes after some reading and writing. 

We did think terrariums are some easy to build mini gardens, but they are not exactly as easy as it seems. It involves much patience in building one. 

2 sets of terrarium kits

Here are the steps to building a terrarium:
1. Prepare the container or jar: Wash the jar thoroughly to ensure no other pollutants or residue affects the health of the plant.

2.  Add the drainage layer. Since there are no drainage holes in your container, this drainage layer will help by not flooding the plants. Large pebbles are good as drainage layer. Build up to about 2 cm in height.

Coarser stones as drainage

3. Add activated charcoal. This reduces any fungi or odours within their world. We omitted this step as we think it probably will be fine in our opened container. This may be essential if yours is a closed terrarium.

4. Add soil. Ensure that there's plenty of room for the roots to fit and grow.

Add soil

5. Plant! Take the plants out from the pots and break up any hard soil until you are down to the roots. This is a process that must be gently handled as the plants can be really fragile. They break up upon every rough touch. We used succulents and cacti. Dig and make space in the soil for plant, then cover up firmly. It is fine to trim any long roots (root pruning) if needed, they'll grow back. 

6. Add accessories. This must be the kids' favourite part. You may decorate the top layer in any way you love! With figurines, small colourful stones, small toys or whichever you think is appropriate to get on. 

7. Water and clean. Spray bottles are perfect for watering the plants. However, they do not need much water, unlike outdoor plants. Remove any dead or wilted leaves to maintain a healthy eco-system.

Terrariums complete

These were what Js planted themselves with little intervention by their Mama. Looks kinda messy to me, and each time I look at them, I felt like some major tidying needs to be done. But the layers just get all mixed up with every attempt. Oh well, beauty lies in the eyes of beholder.

Terrariums are wonderful projects for kids. They teach patience in the process of creating, and it cultivates responsibility in the after process. There are wonderful values out of it! And of course, I  love the building bond I had with the kids.

An all prepared and easy to create set is available at Masons home decor. It comes with all you need to build a terrarium, including some simple instructions. We think these make great gifts! You may check them out for other interesting home decoration pieces too. For fresh flowers, you may check out their online florist, Farm Florist, which is also under their arm.


GIVEAWAY
It is most exciting that Masons Home Deco is giving away, not terrariums, but a CHRISTMAS TREE!!!! Along with 2 sets of BAUBLES and STRING LIGHT of course! Ho ho ho, we love this season of gift giving.

Masons dare say its Christmas tree is the best in Singapore! Highly durable, easy open, dense, perfect colour shade and iron base stand. Here's what ONE winner gets to choose from, a 5 OR 6 feet tree from any one of the following:




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