How To Make A DIY Terrarium

I love adding greenery to interiors. It brings life to a space and feels fresh and bright. I have an absolutely tiny bedroom at the moment (seriously, it only has a single bed and a wardrobe!) so I don’t have room for lots of big plants, as much as I’d love them. I needed something a lot smaller – so I made my own terrarium!

By definition, a terrarium is a sealed container where plants are grown. Like a mini ecosystem – I love the idea of it being like a little jungle. Mine isn’t actually sealed, but the idea stays the same. I used a mix of cacti and succulents, to make it feel varied. Today, I wanted to share how you can make one yourself, because it is so easy!

What You Will Need –

A Container. This could be anything really, from a jam jar to a big fish bowl really! I chose this one from a garden centre near me, but there are plenty online. Some can be overpriced, so it is worth searching around the perfect one.

Small rocks/pebbles at the bottom for added drainage. I simply bought the little pebbles you get for the bottom of fish tanks. Again, garden centers or even pet shops are best to find these.

Soil. Most garden centers have special packets of cacti/succulent soil but I just used a plain dry potting soil.

Plants. Pick as many succulents/cacti/foliage as you need to fill your container without it being over crowded! Again, head to garden centers for these, or IKEA have some great one to choose from.

Method.

  1. Start by putting a layer of tiny rocks/pebbles on the bottom of your container. This is techinically just for drainage but I love the layered affect once you put the soil on top!
  2. Next comes the soil. Make sure you add a deep enough layer to be able to plant your cacti.
  3. Plan out where you want to put each plant. Make sure they all fit!
  4. Use gloves/ a knife and fork / whatever else you can find to plant the cacti without getting spiked!
  5. Give them a final water and your finished! I added some moss on top of mine to cover some of the soil and add another layer.

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14 Comments

  1. July 11, 2017 / 9:52 am

    OMG this looks so nice, love it. All of the plants are so pretty and minimalistic. xx

    • marblebeauty
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      July 11, 2017 / 1:19 pm

      I love succulents, lots of greenery! So pleased you like it! Xx

    • marblebeauty
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      July 11, 2017 / 1:19 pm

      Defiantly give it a go! Glad you like it! Xx

    • marblebeauty
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      July 11, 2017 / 1:18 pm

      Aw I’m glad you love it! Definitely worth a try, it’s very simple x

  2. July 11, 2017 / 1:41 pm

    This looks so amazing and so cute! I really want to have a little terrarium like yours too! Love the pictures! Great post, xx

    • marblebeauty
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      July 11, 2017 / 9:25 pm

      Aw thank you lovely, that’s made my day! Super easy to creat! Xxx

  3. July 11, 2017 / 1:45 pm

    I love this! I was just thinking of making one, but thought it would be too hard. I’m also afraid to touch the cacti haha xx.

    • marblebeauty
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      July 11, 2017 / 9:25 pm

      Haha, an old knife and fork work to move them cacti! Much easier to make than I thought ☺️ xx

  4. July 11, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    These are adorable! I love them – definitely going to make some for my new place!🌱

    • marblebeauty
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      July 11, 2017 / 9:24 pm

      Aw thank you! So much fun buying all the plants to go inside!🌵

  5. July 12, 2017 / 6:54 pm

    A pretty, homemade terrarium like this would make such a lovely gift for someone! I’ve always loved the ones I’ve seen in shops but making it yourself is much more special ☺️ Also, I have to comment on your incredible photography! 😍

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    x

    • marblebeauty
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      July 12, 2017 / 9:19 pm

      I never thought of giving one as a present but that is such a good idea! Aww thank you milena, that is so kind☺️ xxxxx

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