Have you heard of Local Color Flowers? This Baltimore flower design studio is all about creating arrangements from fresh, seasonal, and sustainable flowers cultivated by local specialty growers. What do we love about them? They are committed to responsible use of resources, supporting the local economy and promoting neighboring farms.
We stopped by their studio recently to make a unique spooky craft: a Halloween Terrarium! Carling, one of the designers, put together this great kid activity that requires just a touch of adult assistance.
“Terrariums are easy to care for, look chic, and are a great simple way to bring nature indoors,” said Carling. “Terrariums are also a fun project to make with children! Once you build the basic layers of a terrarium, you are left with a beautiful canvas to decorate and be creative with, which is especially fun for kids.”
Warning: it gets messy! But, hey, that’s childhood.
How To Make a Halloween Succulent Terrarium
Here’s what you need: clear glass vase with open top, rocks (varying sizes), active charcoal, cactus-mix potting soil, succulent, ribbon, glue dots, decorations (plastic figures, colored sand, etc).
Choose a clear glass vase with an open top. It can be large or small, just make sure you can fit at least one succulent into it. Make sure the opening is large enough that you can reach your hands inside, especially if making it with children.
Begin building layers for drainage. Start with 1 inch of rocks. You can use more if your container is tall. The layer of rocks allows for drainage in your terrarium and ensures that the roots of your succulents do not sit in water, which will kill them.
Next, pour in a dusting of active charcoal. Active charcoal absorbs organic chemicals produced in your terrarium and prohibits mold and bacteria from growing.
The next layer consists of 1-2 inches of cactus mix potting soil. Cactus mix potting soil consists of regular potting soil mixed with sand and small rocks which allows for further drainage. As you add the cactus mix to your terrarium, make sure there is soil so that the roots of your succulents are planted in the soil, and not in the rocks.
Place succulents. Carefully remove succulents from their plastic container, taking care not to break any roots. Remove any dead leaves so they don’t rot in your terrarium. Plant succulents in your terrarium so that they have space to grow and are not touching the sides of your container or each other.
Decorate! Place decorative sand, rocks, acorns, seed pods, action figures, etc. around the succulents. You can even place a ribbon or stickers on the outside of the vase (we just used glue dots to adhere) if you want- the sky’s the limit!
After you’ve placed your decorative objects, use a paint brush to dust off the succulent. Then water (just a little bit!).
Caring for Your Terrarium
Water your terrarium every 7-10 days in summer, 10-14 in winter. A turkey baster or mister works well for this. Do not overwater! Succulents are in the cactus family, so they like to live in dry and humid conditions.
Place your terrarium in bright, indirect sunlight. If the leaves of your succulents begin to droop towards the soil, take outside and place in direct sunlight for a few hours to give it a boost.
Many thanks to Local Color Flowers for hosting us and to Carling for teaching us all about terrariums! We can’t wait to come back!