21 Simple Ideas For Adorable DIY Terrariums

For even the most botanically inept, terrariums are super easy to make and incredibly low-maintenance. They also make pretty much the best gifts or party favors ever.

The Basics:

Step 1. Choose an open or closed glass container of some sort.
Step 2. Cover the bottom with an inch-thick layer of pebbles or rocks to create a false drainage system for the plant roots.
Step 3. Add a thin layer of activated charcoal keeps the water fresh, and prevent mold and bacteria from building up.
Step 4. Add a layer of potting soil. They also make a special mix if you choose to use cacti and succulents instead of moss and ferns.
Step 5. Place plants in the terrarium, starting with the largest plant first.

For more details, check out this terrarium guide here.

1. Light Bulb Terrarium

Click here for the tutorial.

2. Magnetic Tin Terrarium

Click here for the tutorial.

3. Syrup Dispenser and Salt Shaker Terrariums

4. Cactus Terrarium

Click here for a full tutorial.

5. Succulent Sea-Themed Terrarium

Click here for full instructions.

7. Apple Cider Jug Terrarium

Click here for more detailed instructions.

8. Christmas Ornament Terrarium

You’ll need tweezers for this one. Full tutorial here.

9. Terrarium Necklace

Click here for full instructions.

10. Pendant Lamps

Use 5-watt bulbs so you don’t end up roasting the plants.

11. Table Place Holder

Click here for the full tutorial.

12. Terrarium House Made From Picture Frames

Click here for more detailed instructions.

13. Hanging Terrarium

This one is from Score and Solder.

14. Colored Sand Terrarium

Click here for the full tutorial.

15. Recycled Soda Bottles

Click here for the full tutorial (in Swedish).

20. Terrarium Kits from Etsy

And if you’re too lazy to get the supplies yourself, there are tons of terrarium kits that contain everything you need available from Etsy.

21. Terrarium Fascinator

And…if you’re feeling quirky, you could wear one on your head.

Full tutorial here.

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