Making these wee little wonderlands is exceedingly easy. So when I found myself with a surplus of jars, vases, and old candle containers, I immediately set out to create Tillandsia terrariums to give to others, and keep for myself.
There is something about small gardens that I find magical. Small gardens, terrariums in particular, have a way of sweeping me off to a day-dreamy place where walnut-shells are used for beds and I become pocket-sized.
By using Tillandsia, (air plants as they are commonly known) you can create a very low-maintenance garden with a high reward. Tillandsia do not require any soil to grow, as they get all of their nutrients from the air. With an occasional spray of water, you can keep these Tillandsia terrariums in dorm rooms, on office desks, and at home with very little worry about them.
The materials needed for this project are the following:
Assorted Tillandsia (air plants)
Clean jars, vases and other clear glass vessels
Soapy water & Paper towels
Start out by cleaning all of the glass jars well. Remove any labels, glue or fingerprints with warm, soapy water. Next, add several spoon-fulls of potting soil into the clean jars. While Tillandsia do not need the soil to grow, I tend to think that these tiny plants (part of the bromeliad family) resemble trees (in a Dr. Seuss kind of way), and look quite happy when "planted" in the soil. Additionally, anchoring a plant is always a good idea. Whether you are hot-gluing your Tillandsia to a stick, or simply nestling it in a foundation of moss, a secured plant is a happy plant.
Next, take enough decorative moss to cover the potting soil completely and tear a small hole in it to allow for the air plant. Push the moss into the jar with a spoon and press down firmly. Add the Tillandsia by gently pressing it into the space you created within the moss. This will keep the plant steady, and happy.
For a more modern look, skip the decorative moss and place the Tillandsia into the potting soil and cover with decorative rocks.