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harvest terrariums

On Thursday, I filled the my trunk up with more than a dozen pumpkins.  Don't judge! They weren't all mine...but let's say well over half were mine. I've got plans guys!  I got standard carving pumpkins, heirloom green and white stacking pumpkins, bumpy weird looking pumpkins, and even a 77lb creamy orange pumpkin that the poor guy had to lift into the car for me. 

I fall into the category of a girl who gets annoyingly excited when the leaves start changing.  Not because I love everything pumpkin spice, but because I crave crisp air and bonfires and not worrying about fitting into a swimsuit, rather, I dream about covering up with very soft muted sweaters.  (I mean the list goes on and on... Sunday football afternoons with buffalo chicken dip, all the candy!, When Harry Met Sally because of that gorgeous walk through Central Park). I think the infatuation is magnified because of the pressure to fit everything in. Fall seems to go by so fast.  Summer humidity drags on and on and then we get to open windows and enjoy orange leaves for three weeks before we have to rake them all up and stare and our cold grey skies.  

So I decided to try a new little something to decorate my living room that would bring some of the living outdoor beauty inside. Enter Harvest Terrariums.  This is such an easy project and could be altered for any season really, but I found teeny tiny pumpkins and gourds so it was perfect for me. Think pine cones and Christmas trees, bunnies ands mini eggs, there are so many options! 

I used vintage ball jars but any open or closed vase-like container would work. Most of my other supplies were found at Allisonville Nursery.

Supplies Needed 

clear container, soil (I used moisture control), gravel (can be found at lowes), activated charcoal, small plants (I chose them based on color), spoon, funnel, moss (I used rust colored reindeer moss), decorative fall pieces like tiny pumpkins and gourds (I used real pumpkins but found fake gourds at Hobby Lobby, fall leaves foraged from the yard, soft paint brush

1. After your container has been cleaned with warm soapy water and dryed, use your funnel to pour in an inch or two of the gravel. Remember terrariums look pretty when you can see the layers on the outside so make it look nice.

2. Sprinkle your activated charcoal on top of your gravel. It doesn't need to complete cover the rock, just be spread throughout the top.

3. Use your funnel to add soil.  The amount will depend on the size of your container.  I used about 2 inches in mine. 

4. If you can use your hand to make small holes for your plants do it! Ball jars are narrow so I had to use a long spoon and knife to move the dirt around. Take your plant out of the the plastic container and gently break up the roots and place it in the hole you made in the dirt.  Pack dirt around it. Continue planting the rest of your plants. 

5. Add moss and other decorative objects to your terrarium. I love this rust colored moss but feel free to use another color if you'd like! 

6. Use a soft paint brush to gently brush off any excess dirt from the sides of the container or the leaves of your plant. 

7. Go to your yard and forage for some fun leaves.  Clip them and put them in your terrarium.  I used some beautiful deep red from our Japanese Maple Tree.  They won't live or grow in the terrarium but will add a gorgeous color.  I also used some scabiosa pods from the flower market, but you could use wheat or some other feathering fall looking plants. 

8. Tie some ribbon around the top of your container and style in your entryway, living room, bathroom, bookshelves, anywhere! 

Terrarium care will depend on the plants you use, but likely they will need moderate light but not direct sunlight.  Also be very careful watering terrariums. Since there is no drainage, any water you put in will stay in there until the plant soaks it up.  So water sparingly and use a turkey baster to water directly at the plant roots. Don't flood them out.

I did this project on a dark rainy morning so excuse some of the blurry iPhone pics. If you do this, please share a photo and tag me! I'd love to see them.