Here’s How You Can Make the Cutest DIY Terrarium

You don’t need a lot of room — or even a seasoned green thumb — to create a dreamy green space. A DIY terrarium lets you create an entire garden, or even a whole mini ecosystem, within the walls of a glass container. Plus, it’s super easy to make and care for. Triple win!

Two-Minute Terrarium

Level: Easy

What You Need

  • Glass container
  • Small rocks or gravel
  • Activated charcoal
  • Succulent potting soil
  • Decorative stones
  • Sheet moss
  • Alternanthera
  • Snow White waffle plant
  • Tricolor brake fern
  • Rose shades saxifrage
  • Good to Know: There are two types of terrariums: open (which have open tops) and closed (which have a lid). Open terrariums are better for dry-weather plants like cacti and succulents, and need to be misted with water a few times a week. A closed terrarium has a lid that allows moisture to build inside, creating a self-sufficient ecosystem for humidity-loving plants. In this tutorial, we’re making an open terrarium.


    1. Build a Drainage Layer

    We used living, water-dependent plants in our terrarium, which means the roots need to be protected from excess water. To do this, place small rocks or gravel across the bottom of the glass container until the layer is about 2″ thick. Sprinkle a spoonful of activated charcoal on top to separate and absorb any lingering water.

    2. Add the Potting Soil

    Pour potting soil on top of your drainage layer. Pack the soil gently by pressing down with your hands.

    Pro Tip: Make sure to use soil that’s specifically designed for succulents, otherwise it could retain too much water.

    3. Plant Away

    Arrange your alternanthera, Snow White waffle plant, tricolor brake fer and rose shades saxifrage in the glass container, then plant them in the soil. There’s no right or wrong way to do this — just place them how you like!

    4. Cover the Soil

    Lay pieces of sheet moss wherever soil is visible between the plants. Add decorative stones as accents — and maybe even a gnome for good measure.

    Now just water your plants, place the terrarium in a sunny spot and watch it thrive!

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