One of the best things about vintage finds and antiques is finding new ways to showcase them in your home or office. Today we wanted to share with you just one of the ways we re-purposed the WWI Bacon Cans found in the RVT Shop. For this terrarium tutorial you will need about ten minutes and a few supplies.
What You'll Need:
- a vessel for your desk top terrarium - we used a WWI Bacon Can
- small pebbles
- succulents of your choosing
- potting soil made for succulents and cacti
Start with a clean vessel. We used a damp paper towel to gently wipe away any excess dust in the bacon can.
Fill the bottom of the can with a 1 1/2-inch layer of small pebbles to collect water drainage. This is an important step because it prevents the succulents' finicky roots from rotting.
Then add a layer of potting soil about 2 inches deep. It just needs to be deep enough for the succulents to find their roots.
Remove the largest succulent from its container and dust off the excess soil from the roots. Make a hole in the soil just large enough for the roots and nestle the succulent inside. Press the soil down firmly, but gently, to hold it into place.
Continue planting the rest of the succulents. It's best to space each plant about 1 inch apart. Have fun with this part! Change up the arrangement until you've found the succulents you want and is visually pleasing to you.
That's it! It took only 10 minutes to create a new desk or table top terrarium out of a true vintage find!
Tips: Succulents need direct sunlight everyday and should be watered every two weeks or whenever the soil has dried out.