Building Your own Terrarium
with our D.I.Y. Kit
These do-it-yourself kits have been designed so that all ages can have a fun (and frustration-free) time building and designing your own custom container landscape.
Here are some step-by-step instructions
to help you get started:
1) Start by emptying the container of all its contents and removing the inside label.
2) Your first ingredient will be the while marble chips - spread them evenly at the bottom of the jar. I recommend using all of the stone included but you can add a little less if you like. You may want to save a few for decorating the final layer of your terrarium.
3) Next, spread the packet of soil over the top of the stones. At this stage, you can start to grade and form your mini landscape. Want a peak in the middle as a mountain for your animal to sit on? Go for it! Want a shallow divit in the center to add your favorite stone or wood piece? Sounds good to me! The only thing to avoid is tamping down the soil too much, as that would make it harder for the moss to access water.
4) Next, take the moss and rehydrate it by misting is lightly on the top and bottom (using a spray misting bottle works best). You can break the moss up into smaller pieces and continue to form your living landscape - just be sure the bottom of the moss is making good contact with the soil below it.
5) Use the wood pieces and animal figurine to finish decorating your terrarium. You can even add things from your home like stones, minerals or non-porous figurines to make it truly one-of-a-kind.
The most important thing is to have fun and treat your new terrarium as the dynamic living thing that it is. If you want to redesign the layout feel free - moss is very forgiving and, unlike houseplants, doesn't have the same type of senstitive rootsystems that need to be left alone after planting. To redesign, just leave the stone and soil in place and gently remove the moss and wood and rework the design of your container. I find myself adding or subtracting parts of my own terrariums often well after the initial building and that's what makes them so fun - you can express your creative side and keep your container looking new and interesting for months and even years!
How to Care for Your Terrarium
Moran's Terrariums are designed to function with little care after initial establishment in your home environment, ultimately allowing you to enjoy without the constant upkeep and watering that comes with traditional houseplants.
Terrariums containing only moss and lichen can survive in spaces with little or indirect sunlight. Office spaces or areas away from window sills are perfect examples of a terrarium's happy space. Think of where moss likes it best - the forest floor! Filtered sunlight and times of shade will help to keep your moss lively and colorful.
The biggest danger is over-watering as it is a closed system that water is contained within. The best thing you can do for your new terrarium is give it time to tell you when it is happy. Try misting with a spray bottle instead of traditional watering cans as the "less is more" motto is one terrariums live by.
If large water droplets appear, mold is present or water is pooling at the base of the container, leave the lid off for a few hours and allow it to evaporate. Alternatively, if moss shows signs of browning, the soil color lightens or contents begin to shift, lightly mist your terrarium with a spray bottle to hydrate - remembering that less is more when doing any watering of your container.
If the worst should occur and you feel the moss is dead, or some other misfortune presents itself, please feel free to reach out through email. I have had years experience with terrariums and am a professional horticulturalist who, by now, has seen and cured many of the common problems that may arise.
Feel free to send photos of your creation to my email or tag us on facebook and instagram to share your custom container landscapes. I always love seeing what people make with the material and am always finding new inspiration and creative touches!
Feel free to send any questions or concerns regarding your terrarium to: firstname.lastname@example.org