A classic shape once used for brewing alcohol, the demijohn jar is repurposed to bring nature into your home.
The Demijohn is London Terrariums' classic terrarium and has a shape that everyone is familiar with. Originally used for brewing beer and wine making, the Demijohn is the perfect vessel for a terrarium. Both its iconic silhouette and ‘ship in a bottle’ novelty make the Demijohn a beautiful living ornament in any home.
In step-by-step instructions and photographs, Emma Sibley from London Terrariums will take you through the steps to create your terrarium, with plants, pebbles and moss. You'll also get to grips with the terrariums history and their recent resurgence, understand how they create their own water-cycle and self-contained ecosystem, and you'll learn exactly how to care for them. You’ll even learn how to make your own tools from household items in order to best create your demijohn terrarium.
By the end of the course, you will have your own miniature garden to watch grow and develop over time in your home.
With UNLIMITED ACCESS 24/7, you’ll be able to drop in and out of the course at your own pace, and refer back to it anytime. By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Expertly clean and prepare your jar
- Combine pebble, moss and plants in the optimum quantities
- Select and use specialist terrarium-making equipment and materials
- Understand how terrariums create their own water-cycle and self contained ecosystem
- Care for your finished terrarium
- Make professional standard terrariums from household jars
Expert Emma will share with you her foolproof step-by-step method, so you can make your own professional terrariums at home.
She will also share with you top care tips and common mistakes to avoid, so you can keep your terrarium healthy and happy. With this course + kit, you'll learn a life-long skill and enjoy making your own custom terrarium from scratch, for the same price as buying a ready-made one.
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This course is ideal for beginners, and for anyone looking to gain confidence to make their own terrariums at home. Why not try our free course taster: Taking care of your terrarium, to help you decide if this is the right course for you.
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Introduction and Meet the Maker
- What you'll make
- Meet Emma Sibley
- Terrariums: A Short History
What you’ll need
The Science of Terrariums
Selecting Your Plants
Step 1: How to make your homemade tools
- How to make your tools
- The sponge brush
- The Patter
- The funnel
Step 2: Clean the Vessel
Step 3: Funnel stones into the Vessel
Step 4: The Activated Charcoal
Step 5: Add Compost
Step 6: Preparing the Plants
Step 7: Adding the Plants
Step 8: Add Moss (Optional)
Your Finished Terrarium and Course Tips
- Your finished terrarium
- Emma’s top tips
What do I need for this course?
- Demijohn vessel & cork (4.5 - 5 litres)
- Selection of moisture loving houseplants (e.g. Begonias, Baby’s tears, button fern, Fittonia, Ivy, Miniature Palm, Calathea, miniature Boston Fern)
- Compost Tub and Basket (Compost or houseplant compost, about 1.5 Litres)
- Carpet moss (as much as you wish for the surface of your terrarium)
- Small stones (ideally washed) Garden Gravel
- Activated charcoal (2 heaped teaspoons, found in health food stores)
- Funnel (can be made from half a broken plant pot)
- Garden stick
- Water spray bottle
- Radiator brush and sponge brushes
- Cork at the end of a stick (for patting down the soil)
- Long tweezers
- Kitchen roll
- Scissors (regular household scissors)
Is this course suitable for beginners?
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Meet your instructor, Emma Sibley from London Terrariums
Emma says, "Fundamentally, it's not only about creating aesthetically beautifully objects. For us it is the deeper fascination with how plants behave and the exciting part terrariums play in the history of horticulture."
London Terrariums is run by Emma Sibley. From making terrariums for friends and family to the shop opening in 2017, London Terrariums is where you can buy ready-made terrariums, kits or attend a workshop. Emma is a member of the British Cactus and Succulent Society.