How to Make a Terrarium with Succulents

Terrarium 2

I’m trying to add more life (as in plant life) to my home.  The appeal of a terrarium unlike houseplants, they don’t require much gardening know-how.  I thought a terrarium would be the perfect solution.  They are low maintenance and always looks great.  I have been seeing a lot of terrariums lately at fancy boutique home stores and I am always surprised at how expensive they are.  So I did a little investigating and realized they are super easy to make.  When you make it yourself you get to pick the container size and shape of the container, the color of the rocks and if you want them to be big or small. Best of all, you choose all the plants!

Terrarium items

To make a terrarium, you will need:

A Glass Container ~ any size will do.  You can even make one in a wine glass

Succulents ~ as many as your container will hold

Rocks ~ I used aquarium rocks (more like little polished stones)



Garden Gloves** ~ may be needed

Terrarium gravelTerrarium Plants


Lay out newspaper so cleanup is easy peasy

Step 1: Place a layer of rocks in your glass container ~  about 1 to 2 inches, for drainage

Step 2: Place a layer of soil on top of the rocks ~ about 2 to 4 inches inches making sure it                 is deep enough to plant your succulents

Step 3: Add plants to soil and water, lightly

**It would be adorable to add small shells, sea glass or tiny trinkets to your terrarium

**Sometimes the soil gets on the leaves of the succulents when placing in the container.  You can use a small artist brush to delicately brush the soil away (or just blow it away, just don’t forget to close your eyes)

**If you choose plants with prickly leaves, it is best to use gloves when working with these plants

** To water, it is best to add a small amount at a time.  If the soil seems dry you can also mist the terrarium. Water about once a month, depending where you have placed your terrarium


Thats it!

I really love the way this came out.

Give it a try and let me know how yours turns out.




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