DIY Terrarium: Create a mini landscape in 6 Steps

 

Step By Step Terrarium How To - Discover, a blog by World Market

A well-constructed terrarium lets you enjoy the visual aesthetic of a beautiful garden without needing much space or maintenance. These fuss-free, oxygen-boosting beauties are easy to create and can be crafted to complement any decor style. Use them as your latest accent table accessory or entryway console table statement piece—and don’t forget to insert a little bit of your own personality and flair into your terrarium creation!

Step 1: Gather your materials. Wide-mouth glass vessels or large jars with removable lids let you easily work with and move materials as needed. There are so many materials to pick from: rocks, charcoal, potting soil, sand, succulents, small plants, and moss, to name a few. For this project, we chose crystals, twigs and smooth dark rocks to complement the greenery.

Step By Step Terrarium How To - Discover, a blog by World Market

Step 2: Place the rocks at the bottom of the vessel for drainage. As a general rule of thumb, the larger the vessel, the thicker the rock layer. You’ll want to leave enough space at the top of the vessel so the terrarium looks spacious and not cramped.

 

Step By Step Terrarium How To - Discover, a blog by World Market

Step 3: Add a layer of charcoal to absorb moisture and excess water. The charcoal layer also helps to keep plants from rotting (we used these scoops for moving charcoal and soil—very convenient!).

Step 4: Layer the potting soil deep enough to cover the plant roots. If you’re unsure about which type of soil to use, take a look at the plant’s nursery tag for guidance or call your local nursery for their recommendations.

 

Step By Step Terrarium How To - Discover, a blog by World Market

Step 5: Start adding plants! Begin with larger succulents and then tuck smaller ones in to fill in the gaps. We found using chopsticks to be very handy for maneuvering plants into place.


Step 6: Add decorative accents. We kept it natural with moss, geodes and pretty sea glass.

A few helpful tips:

• Never place a terrarium in direct sunlight.
• Do not over water your terrarium. If heavy condensation develops on the glass, uncover the terrarium for a while and wipe down the glass.
• If plants need more watering they will start to droop; this is your visual cue to water your terrarium.

 

Step back and enjoy your creation!

14 Comments

  • Mark David

    Great work has done for Mini Landscape. This is very decorative and look nice when we keep in our house.

  • Janet

    As a grower of succulents, I cringe when I see things like this. It’s cute for a while, but they GROW! There are way too many plants in this and succulents love sun! Maybe, do a few smaller ones that are slow growing. It’ll be easier upkeep as well.

    • Rachel

      I second that.

    • karen o

      I would like to do this. Do you have plants you would suggest (that are slow growing)?

    • Connie W.

      Succulents need sunlight to thrive; if you removed some of the plants (too crowded!), & put the dish in a really Bright room a few feet from a window… it might survive. At least put some tiny green plants that love Humidity– a local nursery could help you find the correct type to have success, & it will be as lovely as the one shown!

  • Abed

    How were you able to put that dish in the jar?

  • Lisa

    What do you do with the sand?

    • nmatt

      The sand was probably mixed in with the porting soil because those succulents like a dry sandy environment. They are naturally a desert plant.

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  • LaTonya Moore

    Good afternoon I’m in love with your things. But I do wish you would have more jars of different sizes with tops or corps. I my self am a crafter I love doing sand jars of different colors. I do have trouble finding jars of different sizes and shapes and think that your store would do perfect selling them. Thank You for your time.

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