The steps I followed-
1. Fill the pot with pebbles- the ugliest and the most shapeless ones that I could find in my garden as these are not going to be visible.
2. Put a layer of activated carbon bought at the aquarium store.3. Instead of sphagnum moss I used coconut husk- and contrary to popular believe I really did not find it in just any shop- had to scout for a shop that had stocked the coconut with little bits of husk still stuck to it
4. Layer the soil
5. Plant 3 varieties of cacti, 1 kalanchoe and 1 fast growing plant for contrast
6. Find the first available animal and place it there - only to be retrieved by the kids the next day
7. Place the pretty pebbles in between the plants and sprinkle a layer of sand to go with the desert theme
8. Protect the pot from over watering by enthu kids
Here's another one- the intention being to make it a part of the husbands liquor cabinet. I am no particularly impressed with it but let's see if it flourishes inside the bottle.
And this one in a cracked borosil jug. Again I find the jug too small to be significant. As of now this is under observation. So far so good. Let me test whether my theory and practical marks match so I could move on to larger bowls and more plants!