How to make a Nerdy Terrarium!

In Blog by Holy-Grail

Here at Holy Grail Games, we’ve been spending the past few weeks setting up our recording studio! It’s also our gaming room, (so it goes without saying that we’ll be spending a lot of time in there) and I was tasked with looking for ways to make it look more fun.

As plants are always a good way to make a room feel more inviting, and terrariums are awesome, I decided to have a crack at making a nerdy themed one. Terrariums are a bit of work to set up, but once planted they look really effective and hardly require any care. Or so I’ve been told. I’m far from an accomplished gardener, but if you’re feeling creative and you fancy making one of your own, here are a few tips based on my experience. Enjoy!

You will need:

A large glass container. We chose a large glass jar about 20cm in diameter, but go with whatever you like best! Bear in mind that the more accessories you want to put in there, the more space you will need – I ended up needing more space that I had.

Drainage stones. Holy Grail Games being what it is, I replaced drainage stones with brightly coloured dice for a bit of extra fun. Beware: you will need a lot of dice to pull this off or the soil will cover them and hide them completely – we bought about 200 dice for ours, which cost about 30 euros.

Soil and active charcoal: the type of soil will depend on the plants you choose. The charcoal kills bacteria and prevents odours from forming.

Plants! We chose a selection of succulents from Ikea, but it’s up to you! There are tons of sites out there that will help you to choose your plants depending on your tastes and where you want to put them (in a room that’s warm, dry, cold, etc.), such as this one.

Various nerdy accessories for decoration. We went with a Jurassic Park style theme, with toy dinosaurs and dinosaur skeletons, but obviously you can use whatever you like! Meeples, more dice, figurines, go nuts! Obviously, beware of using items that can be damaged by water – such as wooden meeples – terrariums may not need a lot of water but they will need a little from time to time!

Simply put your dice/stones/deepest darkest secrets at the bottom of your container, then layer up the charcoal, then the soil. I also added some streaks of orange sand to my soil for a bit of extra colour (which may or may not end up killing the plants…). Plant your new pets and voilà!

If you like the idea of a terrarium but you have a black thumb, fake plants are always an option! Lots of stores such as Ikea do some pretty effective-looking ones now.

All in all, it was a fun little project and I’m really happy with our snippet of jungle! The dinosaurs turned out to be a bit big, but in general we all love the way it looks. Our studio has plenty of light, and I give it a spritz of water once or twice a week.

And the plants haven’t died yet so that’s a plus.