I was having coffee at my local Flower Power when I saw their awesome terrarium display. When I got home I started looking at ideas for making one myself using cheaper materials; that’s where I stumbled upon terrariums that actually have small figurines, and depict a certain scene, then I thought: Star Wars!

How cool would it be to replicate the forest moon of Endor, with lush green plants, or the desert planet, Tatooine, with succulents, sand complete with a C-3PO figurine. At the time Aldi had terrarium kits for sale for $20, and they even looked like a moon, score! So, with my terrarium kit purchased, I set out to source some Star Wars figurines, first, I tried

At the time Aldi had terrarium kits for sale for $20, and they even looked like a moon, score! So, with my terrarium kit purchased, I set out to source some Star Wars figurines, first, I tried Ebay; but I wasn’t sure about the size (you need really small figurines) then, I looked in my local department shops (Target, Big W, etc) and I finally found a small Micro Machines set in The Reject Shop for $5 (Big W had them for $10). It came with a few vehicles, and two characters; I got Luke Skywalker, and Darth Vader, and my son got a Clone Wars set with Obi-Wan, and General Grievous.

It came with a few vehicles, and two characters; I got Luke Skywalker, and Darth Vader, and my son got a Clone Wars set with Obi-Wan, and General Grievous.

Now, I needed to get the plants, and the accessories (I will list all the things you need at the bottom) for this I made a trip to Bunnings, but realised they did not have a great miniature range, so I looked for small indoor plants with some plantlets, that I could take off. I ended up getting from a few places mainly Bunnings, Big W, and Flower power; Flower Power had the most terrarium specific plants, and they were reasonably priced (about $6 each).

I got these: Fittonia ‘pink star’ and ‘hybrids’, Peperomia caperata ‘Variegata’, parlor palm, selaginella apoda, Venus flytrap, Prayer Plant, Ficus Pot Bellied Fig. Most of them survived after a month, except the selaginella apoda; it dried up in the first week.The Venus flytrap requires a lot of watering, so its a good idea to keep plants that need similar amounts of water; otherwise you have to be careful not to over-water adjacent plants.

Now the fun part; you can only get some the stuff in big bags, so its good to get together with a friend, or make multiple terrariums, in this case, I shared with my sister.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A glass vessel (preferably an open one, it’s easier to plant in)
  • Horticultural charcoal (from Bunnings or Big W)
  • Potting mix (any should be ok)
  • Pebbles (any type, you can be really creative with this!)
  • Sphagnum moss (I didn’t use any for mine, but I think I should have)
  • Tiny spade (my terrarium kit came with a mini spade, mini pitchfork, and surgical tweezers), alternatively you can use chopsticks to dig, and make room.
  • Spray bottle for watering.

Instructions:

  • Clean and dry your vessel
  • Separate your plantlets, and leave them on top of the soil ready to use.
  • Add a small layer of charcoal to the bottom of the vessel; this helps absorb excess moisture, and prevents odours.
  • Create layers by alternating between potting mix and pebbles; be careful not to go too high, and make allowances for your plants.
  • Now you can start arranging your plants; can put larger pebbles in and around to make different levels.
  • Scatter pebbles, or moss around your plants.
  • Get your figurines and stick them to pebbles, or if there’s a flat spot in you terrarium.

Care instructions:

Make sure you follow the guidelines for each plant; this is why I suggest you buy plants with similar care requirements. Generally, terrariums need to be watered once a week, and kept in filtered sunlight (dont put them in a sunny position even inside; they will burn)

Happy planting!

 

My son’s (10) Clone wars terrarium

 

What mine looks like now