DIY Terrariums

Terrarium add a natural tone to any indoor setting. These beautiful creations seem complex, but are so simple in creation.


Ever wanted to create your own terrarium? Well the process is simpler than it may seem. Commonly seen on Tumblr, Instagram, home furnishing stores and trendy coffee shops— terrariums add a natural tone in any indoor setting. However, there are a few simple steps to be followed to ensure your terrarium making process runs smoothly and produces the desired result.

Step 1:

Shop for your desired plants. Succulent plants are the most common plant seen in terrariums because of their ability to grow with little attention and care. However, any plants such as cactus’s and ferns can also be potted to create a desired terrarium.


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Step 2:

Shop for glassware or pots. Glassware is most common with terrariums because it allows for layering to be seen. Layering such as soil, sand, rocks, glitter and clay can be seen with glassware. However, colorful pots or vases add fun variety in terrarium placements.

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Step 3:

Gather soil, rocks, sand, glitter, shells or any other materials that are desired for terrarium decoration and layering.

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Step 4:

Scoop soil into desired pot, then create a small hole where the plant roots can be secured. Once the plant is secured, here is where layering with sand or rocks can take place along the plant’s structure.

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Step 5:

Once desired layering is complete, decoration may take place. Glitter, small toys, rocks or whatever can be placed around the plant to create a scene that is desired. Here is where themed terrariums are created.

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Options for Terrarium themes:


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Woodsy type terrariums are the simplest to create. To make the terrarium you will need materials all from your own backyard. Materials like sticks, dirt, and grass are great for creating a woodsy tone in your terrarium. These are best for harvesting different types of ferns or grasses in. A variety of green tones can be readily available when choosing how you want your terrarium to look. These woodsy terrariums are very welcoming inside a home and are great additions in hallways or entrances.


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Depending on where you live, in order to make tropical terrariums you will most likely need to shop for your materials. These terrariums are filled with colored rocks, sand, and darker soil. Brightly colored plants look best in these types of terrariums. Interesting options to use might be miniature bird of paradise, tiny orchids, or cactus flowers. A great place to arrange your tropical terrariums can be hanging from the ceiling near windows. This gives the plants a beautiful glow from the sun and brightens up any room.


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Nobody is ever too old to enjoy some mystical creatures in their lives. Fairy terrariums are made with common things such as soil and rocks, but also moss and glitter. People add small wooden houses and tiny fairy dolls in these terrariums. These tend to lack one single focus plant, but contain many smaller plants that surround little furniture inside the terrariums. These are great for outside seating areas and add a perfect hint of whimsical fun.


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