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Terrariums and Planters from Soda Bottles: A Fun and Educational Project for Kids

by Gregory
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Making Terrariums and Planters from Soda Bottles: A Fun and Educational Project for Kids

Terrariums and planters made from soda bottles are a great way to introduce kids to the joy of gardening. They’re fun, easy to make, and can be used to grow a variety of plants.

Materials You’ll Need

  • Clean 2-liter plastic soda bottle
  • Pebbles
  • Charcoal
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Potting mix
  • Small plants
  • Scissors

How to Make a Terrarium

  1. Wash and dry the soda bottle.
  2. Draw a line around the bottle about 6 to 8 inches from the bottom.
  3. Cut the bottle with a pair of sharp scissors.
  4. Place the top of the bottle aside for later.
  5. Put a 1 to 2-inch layer of pebbles in the bottom of the bottle.
  6. Sprinkle a small handful of charcoal over the pebbles. (Note: Charcoal is not absolutely required, but it will help keep your terrarium smelling fresh.)
  7. Top the charcoal with a thin layer of sphagnum moss.
  8. Add enough potting mix to fill the bottle up to about one inch from the top.
  9. Plant your small plants.
  10. Slide the top of the bottle over the bottom.

How to Make a Planter

  1. Cut a hole in the side of the soda bottle, large enough for both soil and plants to fit in.
  2. Add some drainage holes to the opposite side.
  3. Fill the bottom with pebbles and top with potting soil.
  4. Add your desired plants.

Caring for Your Terrarium or Planter

  • Place your terrarium or planter in semi-bright light.
  • Water sparingly to keep the soil slightly moist. (Be careful not to overwater, as plants in a soda bottle have very little drainage and will rot in soggy soil.)
  • You can place the bottle planter on a tray in a well-lit location or add some holes on either side of the plant opening for easy hanging outdoors.

Tips for Success

  • Choose plants that tolerate moist, humid environments.
  • Select plants of different sizes and textures to create an interesting terrarium.
  • Replace plants if they outgrow the terrarium.
  • Consider using easy-care annuals for your planter.

Benefits of Soda Bottle Gardening

  • It’s a fun and educational activity for kids.
  • It’s a great way to recycle old soda bottles.
  • It’s a low-cost way to start a garden.
  • It’s a great way to teach kids about the importance of plants and the environment.

With a little creativity, you can use soda bottles to create a variety of terrariums and planters. So get started today and enjoy the many benefits of soda bottle gardening!

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