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:
- 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.
- Make four equally-spaced cuts along the top of the container.
- Pour a thin layer of pebbles to cover the bottom of the container to allow drainage and prevent the soil from flooding.
- 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.
- Dig some holes into the soil and place your plants carefully in. Remember to wet them too!
- Pour another layer of pebbles on the top for decoration. Feel free to adorn your terrarium with the decorative knick-knacks.
- 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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