DIY Mountain Scene Fairy Garden Terrarium

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Tool and Supply List

Gallon size hocking jar with lid
Fern and Mood moss available at these online sources: or
An air plant
An assortment of small, medium and large pebbles and stones
Very small pebbles for drainage
Organic soil
Sculpey 3 polymer clay in black or similar
Pearl Ex Pigments in Antique Bronze
18 Gauge galvanized steel wire
Wire cutters
Small paint brush
Water mister spray bottle

Sculpey 3 Polymer Clay Baking Instructions

In a preheated 275 degree household oven and on a smooth, oven safe dish, place your sculpture in the oven and bake for 15 minutes for each 1/4 inch of thickness of clay. Do not handle the sculpture until after it is completely cool.

How Does A Terrarium Work?

They are indoor gardens in a sealed container. The plants and the soil in the terrarium release water vapor – essentially recycling water. The vapor is then collected onto the walls of the vessel and trickles down to the soil. Terrariums are self-nourishing, which is why they require little maintenance, if sealed.

How do plants get carbon dioxide in a terrarium?

The air is trapped in the terrarium when you seal the opening. The plants will use the carbon dioxide and light during the day to produce oxygen and food through Photosynthesis. Then at night they use oxygen and produce carbon dioxide. The water you add to the soil when you build the terrarium is also trapped inside.

Are terrariums sealed?

A terrarium is a container made of glass or other clear material, enclosing a garden of small plants. Terrariums are usually sealed but not always. If they are sealed, they require little or no care. If they are not sealed, they should be checked every couple of days to make sure they have plenty of moisture.

Is activated charcoal necessary for a terrarium?

Every terrarium needs a drainage layer. Drainage layers help ensure excess water doesn’t stay in the soil and cause root rot. In most terrariums, a 1-inch layer of charcoal helps round out the drainage layer. If you don’t have charcoal, you’ll need to add an extra 1 inch of gravel at the bottom of your container.
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