DIY Terrarium 

I am not a keen gardener but love having plants in the house, it brightens things up and generally makes me a happier person. Living in London a lot of us do not have outdoor space so this is a really cute way of bringing the outdoors indoors and injecting a bit of life into your home.

This is my take on a DIY Terrarium and is by no means the only way of doing it. Our flat is a little more contemporary so the Terrarium I will be making is a bit more clean cut using white and black stones. However, you can make your Terrarium messier and more natural looking by using brown or beige stones.

What you will need

Glass containers (recycled candle holders, jam jars or fishbowls are great)

A selection of cacti, succulents & small plants

Stones (these are for drainage and aesthetics)

Activated Charcoal (to help keep water clean and free of algae build up)

Moss (I have used sphagnum moss)

Cactus mix (if using cactus and succulents) OR soil (for plants)

Spritz Bottle with filtered water

A spoon

Something to level the layers (I used the end of a coffee scoop!)

A little brush (A paint brush will do)


Step 1

Clean your containers throughly. If using old candle jars you can freeze them for a few hours and the wax should slip right out. If your jars have left over glue from stickers, use a lighter to melt it off and buff it with a dry cloth.

Step 2

Add your drainage layer. This can be any type of medium sized stones, I have used white stones to get more definition between the layers. It is important to add this layer so that your plants are not constantly sitting in wet soil. If you accidentally over water them it will soak through to the bottom of the stones rather than staying in the soil which can rot the roots.

Step 3

Add a thin layer of activated charcoal. This helps to keep the water/moisture in your terrarium clean and fresh. It will keep micro organisms at bay and absorb any harmful chemicals that may damage your plants. It also has the added benefit of absorbing unpleasant odours. It is essential to use this if your terrarium has a lid but is not always necessary if it is open (However, I still like to use it as it keeps my plants extra healthy)

Step 4

Add a layer of sphagnum moss. This helps keep just enough moisture and humidity in the soil whilst also acting as natural anti fungal. It also adds a nice bit of colour to the layers in your terrarium. Pat the moss down to create a flat surface for your soil.

Step 5

Next you need to add your soil or cactus mix. Make sure you have enough depth for the roots of your plants.

Step 7

Prep your plants and cacti by removing excess soil and trimming the roots a little. To remove excess soil gently massage the soil around the roots over a bowl and the excess should just fall off. Trim the roots if needed (don’t worry they will grow back!)

Step 8

Plan where you want each plant to go and make sure there is enough room for them to grow a little (plants need personal space just like us).

Arrange them in the container and move them around until you are happy. Make a little hole for each one and then place them into their position gently pushing the soil around them to secure in place.

Step 9

Finish off your terrarium by adding stones or decorations to the top. This is where you can be a little creative, I have even seen terrariums with little houses and dinosaurs inside!

Spritz with water and voila!

I have made single and multiple plant terrariums to mix it up a bit. You can really make these to suit any type of home by changing the stones, containers and decoration.

Remember to check how to care for your plants and cacti once they have been housed in their new homes. Some will need more watering than others.



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