Terrarium making at Rosebud

Debbie from Owls Well Blog and I went for a terrarium workshop recently. We left the class with a lovely terrarium to call our own and some tips on how to make and upkeep one!



Rosebud is a little floral shop located at International Plaza. Cindy, the owner, trained and worked in Gloucester for a year in all things floral. As you enter the shop, you will be greeted by little rows of terrarium. The function of the coloured sand beneath the soil is for drainage. You can substitute them for pebbles if you wish.

Terraiums work by the process of transpiration, and therefore it was advised to leave the lid attached all the time. Another plus point is that they only need watering once in a few weeks! Just 2 puffs of water down the side of the jar will suffice. Cindy also advised they can get by on fluorescent light, and to avoid direct sunlight altogether, which makes this a very ideal indoor plant! After a short introduction to terrariums, we got started.



Items needed are – a pair of long chopsticks, a spoon, a presser, coloured coarse sand, pebbles for landscaping, plants (petunias are best for beginners) and figurines.


First, fill the jar with a layer of coloured sand. After it has gotten to about 1 inch in height, use a presser to compact them tightly. If not, the second layer will spill into the first, making it look untidy.

Debbie and I hard at work, compacting the sand


Proceed to add the second layer of coloured sand, also using the presser to compact them.


Next, add 8 spoonfuls of soil. Again, use the presser to level it out. Organic soil is best!

Leveling it out


Now, use the spoon to make a cavity for the plant. Use the spoon to burrow into the soil until you see the first layer of the coloured sand. Try to make the cavity a little larger than the base of the plant. This will make it easier to “transplant” the plant!


Select your plant, or plants. Then bundle the base tightly and carefully, not to damage the roots.


This little guy is all ready to go into the jar!


After you’ve dropped the plant into the cavity, use the chopsticks to carefully prop it up. Following that, use the spoon to cover the cavity with the soil neatly.


Next, take 4 pebbles and place them around the plant, with the purpose of anchoring it down. Use the top end of the chopstick to push them into the soil, partially submerging them. Then it’s time for landscaping!


Cindy introduced the “sprinkle method”, where you sprinkle the sand over the soil, covering it thinly, followed by another sprinkle of a different coloured sand. You can also do a “half and half”, where 2 colours will be divided equally. If you are feeling adventurous, there’s the triangle design, where 3 colours are involved.


Now, for my favourite part. It’s time to stick your figurines in! I think it may also be possible to use those cute little toothpicks for bentos instead of figurines. They have a pointy end which makes it easy to stick it in the soil.


A terrarium to call our own!


The next day, condensation was spotted along the sides of my jar, which means, IT’S ALIVE!! Am pleased to be able to observe a bit of nature in action.

Disclaimer: We are not affiliated with Rosebud in any way, and paid for the terrarium making session ourselves. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.


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