Make your Own DIY Terrarium in 4 Easy Steps

September 5, 2019
Want to learn how to make a terrarium with your own two hands? In this article, we'll show you how to do it step-by-step.

Terrariums are miniature gardens which are usually kept in glass containers and used to grow small plants. In this article, we’ll show you how to use natural elements to make your own DIY terrarium. We’ll also explain how you can combine different elements to create a really original and natural-looking terrarium.

These miniature gardens are really on-trend in the world of interior decorating. People generally use a selection of succulents, cacti, and mosses, combining them with different decorative elements. These beautiful, natural objects which will fill your home with more character and charm than any mere plant pot.

Using green, leafy plants in your terrarium will really help them stand out and bring a breath of fresh air into your home. In this next section, we’ll show you how to make your own terrariums.

DIY terrarium.

How to make your own DIY terrarium

To make your own terrarium, you’re going to need the following items:

  • Containers
  • Fertile soil
  • Small stones or gravel
  • Sand
  • Plants
  • Decorative objects

Step 1: Choosing the right container

When it comes to making your own terrarium, there is an infinite array of containers to choose from. It’s important to make sure they’re made of glass and are reasonably wide at the top. This will allow you to access your plants when necessary, and see all the different elements, right down to the base.

You’ll find a huge variety of glass containers on the market, specifically designed for making terrariums. Geometric or natural shapes, with or without a lid, fixed or hanging, it really is up to you! Alternatively, you could even make your terrarium from a glass container you already have in the house, such as:

Succulents and cacti.

Step 2: Add soil, sand and stones

Once you’ve selected your ideal container, you can start setting up your terrarium. The first thing you have to do is line the base with a layer of gravel, playing around with artificial or natural colored stones. You can then go on to fill your container with soil.

If you want, you can also add a thin layer of sand to decorate the inside of your terrarium. Once that’s done, you can then move on to adding your plants.

Step 3: Add your plants

You’ll need to leave a large hole in the center of the soil, which you can fill with your chosen plants. When it comes to terrariums, it’s best to use cuttings rather than seeds. We also recommend using different types of succulents or cacti. These plants are highly compatible with one another, and have similar care requirements.

Plus, they also look really great together. The variety of shapes, textures and colors is guaranteed to make your terrarium look beautiful and unique.

Once you’ve planted your favorite succulents, you can then go on to fill in the holes. If you want, you can also add some moss to decorate the surface of the soil. You can even decorate with stones, snail shells or seashells, depending on the look you want to create. An additional layer of sand can also be a great finishing touch.

Step 4: Decorative elements for your DIY terrarium

DIY terrarium with recycled light bulbs.

If you want, you can also add some additional decorative elements. For example, some people decorate their terrariums with fairy tale creatures to create a magical fantasy garden. If you want to try out this look, we recommend sketching out your design before you get started.

Some brightly colored toadstools, a miniature garden gnome and other fantasy creatures will make your terrarium look simply magical.

If you want, you can create several different terrariums, using a variety of different plants and containers, while keeping to the same style or theme. You can then place them all around your house, filling every corner with these beautifully decorative natural elements.

You can even use terrariums to as beautiful centerpieces for your dining room table. Plants such as cacti and succulents are fairly low maintenance, and don’t require constant care. As long as you give them plenty of sunlight and water them regularly, they will be the perfect addition to your home.