DIY: Terrariums in 30 minutes

Happy Monday! I hope that this week is a fun and profitable one for you! All my family is in town today for my sister’s graduation from nursing school. We are all pretty stinkin’ proud of her perseverance in going back to school.

So lately I have had quite the infatuation with plants and gardening. The only problem is that Joe and I live in an apartment…haha not a whole lot of room for a garden! Therefore I’ve had to curb my plant fettish with indoor plants, and plants that I can sit on our little deck. I’ve been wanting to try making a few terrariums for a while now, and the other day I gathered some supplies and made a few. I was surprised how easy and quick they were to make!




If you would like to make a few terrariums yourself, here is how I made mine.


  • Glass bowls, dishes, or terrarium planters- (You can get dishes at Goodwill, the dollar store, or at a craft store.)
  • Activated Charcoal (You won’t need this unless you have a lid on your dish. It prevents mold)
  • Succulent potting soil (Got mine at Wal-Mart)
  • Small pebbles/rocks (We collected some at a beach a while back)
  • Assorted succulent plants (Got mine at Wal-Mart!)
  • Colorful moss (Assortment bags are sold at ACMoore and Michaels)



Alright! Start out by adding some rocks/pebbles to the bottoms of your dishes. This helps the soil to drain so you can prevent root rot. Add a layer of activated charcoal next if you are using a closed container. I’m not, so I skipped it.


Now add the soil. If you are using small plants or pieces of plants, you will want to have about 2-3 inches of soil. Bigger plants will need a bit more.



Now for the plants! Make sure the soil in the pots the plants came in is moist, then carefully plant your succulents in your desired arrangements. I suggest going for variety, and working in mostly odd numbers.



Lastly, add your moss, some extra rocks for decoration, and anything else you like! I’m thinking about finding a small plastic dinosaur to add to one of mine 😛


I wound up having a few extra plants, so I found two other planters in my apt. They aren’t clear, but I still liked how they turned out.



That didn’t take long at all, did it?


To care for your terrariums, keep them in indirect sunlight, and spritz with water when the soil is dry.  Do not over water these guys! It’s better to underwater than to overwater.

How do you like my terrariums? Try making your own, and let me know how it goes!

xoxo Amber


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