Science at home: DIY terrarium

by Katie Bowell, Curator of Cultural Interpretation

I wish I had a green thumb. I’ve tried to grow many things but, with the exception of a mangy basil plant that’s still hanging in there, all the plants eventually give up and join that great garden in the sky. Secretly, I suspect  this is because all plants hate me and would rather wither than live in my apartment, but I can’t prove it.

However, I think I may have found a plant project that even I can’t screw up: The DIY Terrarium.


What you’ll need:

  • Empty clear jar with a screw-on lid
  • Moss with some extra soil attached
  • Plastic bag
  • Water

What to do:

Head outside and find some moss. Even in this cooler weather there’s still plenty to be found. Grab a handful and put it in the plastic bag.

Take a clean jar (I’m going to use an old pickle jar) and make a little mound of extra soil on the lid.


Place the moss on top of the soil, doming it a bit so it will fit into the jar. Water lightly.


Gently slide the jar down over the lid and screw into place. If the jar has a good seal, the moisture level should stay pretty constant and the moss will keep growing. If the terrarium starts to look a little dry, unscrew the lid a little and run under water for a minute. Display your terrarium where it will get both sun and compliments!


all images courtesy of Design*Sponge

2 Responses to “Science at home: DIY terrarium”

  1. 1 Lesley November 5, 2009 at 10:39 am

    This is so cute! I’m going to make one!

  2. 2 Flaviu Vlaicu May 14, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Can you please email me and tell me what those small plants are and what kind of moss is that ? Regards,Flaviu

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