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Through the Looking Glass: Holiday Terrarium

For a festive plant arrangement, try tucking miniature poinsettia, nerve plant, and blue star fern into a nest of silver pine needles.

Photography: Lennart Weibull

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December/January 2015


Use a dish that will fit inside the large cylinder.


  • Small glass dish, at least 3 inches tall

  • Pebbles or gravel

  • Potting charcoal

  • Potting soil


  1. Spread out pine needles on paper in a well-ventilated area. Spray-paint until lightly covered. Flip and spray other side; let dry completely.

  2. Pour 1 inch of pebbles into dish, then a thin layer of potting charcoal. Top with a couple of inches of soil, then add plants. Fill in with more soil, up to 1 inch from top of dish.

  3. In cylinder, make a nest of painted pine needles, leaving a hole in center for dish.

  4. Place dish inside nest of needles. Add more needles, if necessary. (Use a wooden spoon to nudge leaves out of the way as needed.)

  5. Water as you would a terrarium -- sparingly with a long, narrow-spouted watering can, directly into the plants.

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