Make Your Own Terrarium in a Few Easy Steps

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Want to add the beauty of a terrarium to your home, but lack the green thumb to keep it alive? Here are my tips for making a maintenance-free terrarium that can be customized to accent any type of decor.

Make Your Own Terrarium in a Few Easy Steps - Discover, A World Market Blog

Make Your Own Terrarium in a Few Easy Steps - Discover, A World Market Blog

Step 1: Choose a Container

First, choose your terrarium container. My favorite picks are these metal, brass, and copper geo terrariums; glass teardrop, round, and footed terrariums; and glass and cement terrariums. Today I’m going to be working with a large brass geo terrarium and large glass footed terrarium.

The good news: you’re not making a live terrarium, so you can also use other containers, such as mason jars, apothecary jars, glass candleholders, curio boxes, or cloches. The possibilities are endless!

Step 2: Fill it with Layers

When building your terrarium, I find it easiest to think in four layers. Build from the bottom up and remember to vary the height of your objects. Here’s how to do it:

Layer 1: Base

I prefer sand to start with—I like how pliable it is and how it tends to look “soft” compared to harder substances like rocks—but there are a lot of options, including:

  • Sand
  • Soil
  • Mini rocks or pebbles
  • Glass marbles
  • Crushed shells or granite

Layer 2: Larger Elements

To create dimension and a focal point in your terrarium, use larger items to create height. You’ll want one part of your design that is taller than the rest, and the other elements in your terrarium will visually support the tallest elements. This gives the eye somewhere to focus on, instead of darting around trying to land.

Some larger items include:

  • Rocks in different sizes and colors
  • Large shells
  • Driftwood or sticks

Make Your Own Terrarium in a Few Easy Steps - Discover, A World Market Blog

Layer 3: Add Life

Since this is a “no-maintenance” terrarium, we are using faux plants instead of real plants. Make Your Own Terrarium in a Few Easy Steps - Discover, A World Market Blog

I particularly like the hanging twigs with air plants – it gave me both my layer 2 large element in the twig, as well as my layer 3 “life” in the air plant.

Make Your Own Terrarium in a Few Easy Steps - Discover, A World Market Blog

Other great faux plant options include:

Make Your Own Terrarium in a Few Easy Steps - Discover, A World Market Blog

Layer 4: Add Details and Interest

Little details can make a decorative terrarium really special. I love natural elements like beach glass and shells, but go with what you love!

Make Your Own Terrarium in a Few Easy Steps - Discover, A World Market Blog

When you’re all done, the only maintenance required is an occasional dusting! We’d love to see your finished terrariums. Post your finished photos to social media and tag us #worldmarket!

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