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Wednesday, 13 January 2016

How to: create your own cactus terrarium

A   S I M P L E   S T E P   B Y   S T E P   G U I D E

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One of the biggest trends of the previous year was, believe it or not, the humble cactus…So I decided to create a little home for my own cacti with this (hopefully) Pinterest-worthy frame I received at Christmas from my brother, obviously I can't just do anything without blogging about it, so here it is, my simple step by step guide to creating your own cactus terrarium! Hope you all enjoy…

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S T E P   O N E

W H A T   Y O U ' L L   N E E D

Protective gloves Screwfix
Cactus – As many as you like, I got mine from Wilko
Terrarium – Ebay do a great selection
Stones – Grab a bag from B&Q
Cactus special soil – Any garden centre should stock this

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S T E P   T W O

Some other tutorials I've seen online don't always do this step, but it's important that you do! I grabbed some stones from the garden (shhhh don't tell dad) and filled the bottom of the terrarium up with a couple of centimetres of them. This'll help collect the water drainage, so your little cacti won't drown – kinda vital.

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S T E P   T H R E E

Time to layer up again, this time with your specialist compost you've bought especially for your cacti, you'll feel that it's different than other compost as it's quite a bit dryer – perfect for your desert-loving plant! Add compost on top of the stones and pat it down flat as you go to get as much in as possible, I'd say about five centimetres would be a good amount, depending how big your terrarium is.

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S T E P   F O U R

It's time for your cacti to move out of their little pot and into their new home – hence why gloves are needed for this prickly fella! Gently take each cactus out of its container and before you pop it into the terrarium be sure to break a little bit of the soil up at the bottom helping the roots disperse.

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S T E P   F I V E

As you can see I managed to cram three cacti plants into my terrarium, for each one (I made a mess) a dug a whole in the compost with my finger and gently placed each one into the whole. Then covering them over with the compost and patting it down – basically like tucking a child into bed.

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S T E P   S I X

Go even more fancy and elegant with your terrarium and add some different stone to the top, covering up the majority of the soil. I only did this at the front so I could still water the back easily without stones and compost going here there and everywhere!

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S T E P   S E V E N

V O I L A !

Admire your handy work, this (with the help of my lovely mum) took me about half an hour to achieve, that included telling my mum where to point the camera! If you create your own little terrarium, or large if you're feeling adventurous be sure to show me on Instagram or Twitter, or wherever else you follow me!

See you Friday for a new outfit post…

10 comments:

  1. Awh ok now I really *need* a terrarium. Also cacti. It's also nice to see the terrariums actually being used as a terrarium! with plants and a lil' eco-system. Loving the photos <3 I hope your cacti are happy with their pinterest-worthy new home :)

    Fii | little miss fii | uk fashion & lifestyle

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it Fii, let me know if you end up making your own! xx

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  2. Omg this is soooo lovely!!
    I love the addition of little stones on TOP at the end. It makes it 10x more Pinterest like

    X Carina // Running White Horses - Fashion, Travel, lifestyle

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    1. Thanks Carina, I'm proud of this lil guy xx

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  3. This is so gorgeous I REALLY want to make one now!!

    thriftylilpixie.com

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    1. MAKE ONE MAKE ONE MAKE ONE………then show me! xx

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  4. This is so cute! I might just try and make this. I managed to kill my last cacti collection...

    Rachel | www.currentlyrachel.com

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