- Gather your DIY terrarium supplies including a glass container, pebbles, activated charcoal, soil, plants and tools.
- Layer your terrarium with pebbles, activated charcoal, soil, plants and a final layer of pebbles.
- Consider adding personal touches with trinkets or miniature gnomes.
Created using a variety of clear containers, terrariums are enclosed environments for small plants such as succulents. Making a terrarium is a low-maintenance, clean option for bringing plants into your home.
Learning how to make a succulent terrarium, or any other plant terrarium, has all sorts of benefits. It’s a fun and relaxing weekend activity, and you end up with a beautiful living ornament to decorate your rooms or give away as a present. Find out how to build a terrarium easily with our step-by step guide!
What do you need to make your own terrarium?
Before we move on to show you how to build a terrarium, first you need to gather your supplies. These include:
- A glass jar or unique containers. Make sure it is see-through to allow you to enjoy your plants.
- Pebbles or small stones to use as a base and add drainage to your terrarium.
- Activated charcoal to keeps water fresh and prevent bacterial growth.
- Potting soil.
- Plants. A few good choices for a DIY terrarium include:
- Air plants
- Moon Valley
- Starfish plant
- Nerve plant
- Assorted succulents
- Assorted cacti
- Gardening tools that can reach in the container, to help create your DIY terrarium.
How to make a terrarium
With these five easy steps, you can make your own terrarium in no time.
- First, add a layer of small stones or pebbles to the bottom of your glass terrarium jar.
- Add a very light layer of activated charcoal.
- The next layer is potting soil. If you’re making a terrarium with succulents or cacti, you’ll need a specialised mix. Ensure you've got potting soil for your plants' roots.
- Add your chosen plants. Make a little well in the soil for the roots of your plants to fit into, starting by planting your largest plant first. Nestle the plants into the soil one by one.
- Complete the look of your DIY terrarium by adding a layer of pebbles once you’ve installed your plants.
Now we’ve shown you how to make a succulent terrarium in five easy steps, you can add life and personal touches to your home with these little plant containers.