What a Terra-fic Idea!


Give your soda bottle a new life (literally!) after you are done drinking from it!

Instead of depositing the empty soda bottle into a recycling bin, use it as a self-sustaining closed terrarium! You can do so in just seven easy steps using inexpensive materials lying around your home. What You Need: An empty soda bottle – rinsed and dried Potting soil Pebbles Plants – try using Fittonias as they grow well in terrariums One or two decorative pieces Penknife Scissors Spoon.

Here is how to do it:

  1. Take an empty soda bottle, measure three inches from the bottom and snip along the circumference to create a makeshift container. Set aside the top portion of the bottle for later use.
  2. Make four equally-spaced cuts along the top of the container.
  3. Pour a thin layer of pebbles to cover the bottom of the container to allow drainage and prevent the soil from flooding.
  4. Pour a layer of potting soil to fill two-thirds of the container. Pat the soil in slightly but be careful not to compress the soil. Next, wet the soil with a spray bottle.
  5. Dig some holes into the soil and place your plants carefully in. Remember to wet them too!
  6. Pour another layer of pebbles on the top for decoration. Feel free to adorn your terrarium with the decorative knick-knacks.
  7. Cap the terrarium using the top portion of the bottle to complete your terrarium.

And voilà! You are done! Still unclear? Watch this video to find out how to create a terra-fic terrarium!

Text by Wong Yeang Cherng
Video produced by Lydia Lim and Chong Woon Ray.

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