I was strolling through the grocery store the other day and came across something I hadn't seen for a long time: A butter dish. You know I'm a really hardcore gardener, because the first thing I envisioned inside wasn't butter at all, but plants! Doesn't it just make the perfect terrarium?
How to Make Your Own
First I pulled up some moss clumps from an empty parking lot. I then broke them up into smaller pieces and fit them snugly into the butter dish in a pleasing arrangement. I've found that it looks more natural if the pieces of moss are laid at an angle.
Next I tucked in some of my trusty epiphytic cactus cuttings and a sunbleached piece of coral to resemble a little coral reef. If you're using coral or seashells, make sure they're thoroughly washed clean of any salt residue from the sea.
When you place the lid over the moss garden, the edges of the moss might get flattened. Don't sweat it. Since moss prefers to breathe most of the time, leave the lid off of the dish every now and them. Keep the dish just watered enough that the moss stays moist without water collecting at the bottom.
That's it! Have fun, let me know if you have any questions and be sure to tell me about your own interesting terrarium projects!