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Make a household jar terrarium: Online Course
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Make a household jar terrarium: Online Course

Make a household jar terrarium: Online Course

London Terrariums
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Put old glass jars to good use with this fun and simple Terrarium course, that you can do at home.

You can purchase a kit that comes with everything you need to get started on your terrarium with this course.

Learn how to create your own terrarium using a household jar with Emma Sibley, founder of London Terrariums.

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

Terrariums 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.

You can try out a free taster course with Emma and learn how to take care of your terrarium.

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About this online terrarium course

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Is this course suitable for beginners?

This terrarium is easy to complete and suitable for every level. Creating your own simple plant hanger is made easy with step-by-step guidance and tips by expert maker Emma Sibley of London Terrariums. From understanding the science behind these self-sustaining ecosystems to the best techniques for building your terrarium, Emma provides top tips and easy-to-follow directions that will allow your terrarium to thrive.

Course curriculum

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: The Wrapped Knot

Step 1: How to Make a 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 and Stones (optional)

Your Finished Terrarium and Top Tips

What do I need for this course?


  • 1 Fittonia Albivenis plant and one other plant (usually ivy or fern)
  • Moss
  • 25g activated charcoal
  • Handmade cork stick
  • Handmade sponge brush (approx 30cm)
  • Funnel (to be made from your plant pot)

Plus, you’ll need these common household items:

  • 2 litre Clip top jar (e.g. Kilner jar with the rubber seal removed from the lid)
  • Extra long tweezers (you can substitute with a skewer or chop sticks)
  • Compost
  • Garden gravel
  • Teaspoon
  • Green gardening stick (support stick)
  • Water spray bottle
  • Water
  • Kitchen roll or toilet roll
  • Scissors

Alternatively, purchase a kit and have everything you need to start making your terrarium delivered to your door.

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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."


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    Emma Sibley of London Terrariums standing in her shop front in New Cross.

    London Terrariums

    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.