Make a Terrarium in 5 easy steps

The pandemic and lockdown have got the best out of people and made them venture into new things or build on what they already liked but never got the time to do so. One such thing was testing the green thumb. Many people got interested in gardening and building a small green space in their house. 

Terrarium is one such thing that fascinates many for its beautiful look and the creativity that it can get out of you. The other best part about it is that it requires less space and minimal after care. Terrarium is basically a small and decorative plants growing in an enclosed environment, typically a glass container with an opening on top. 

But making a Terrarium is an art in itself and needs some basic understanding to make it last longer. 

Firstly, Terrariums can be made with real plants or artificial plants. When making with artificial plants, you don’t have to worry about the kind of plants used and whether to keep it closed or open. Also, artificial terrariums do not require soil and can be set up with just moss. 

So now let’s look at how to make a terrarium with real plants that would add beauty to your house or balcony. 

Lets first get the things assembled to make a beautiful Terrarium:

Glass vessel: Terrariums are preferably made in glass containers. You have a large variety of options available in the market to select from. A glass fish-bowl, to suspended glass bowls, you will get hordes of options. A transparent or glass vessel it preferred so you can look at the beautiful mini garden that you have created. 

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Pebbles or colored stones: Stones or pebbles are used at the base of the Terrariums so that the water doesn’t remain in the soil and is drained out to the stones so that the roots of the plant don’t rot. 

Activated Charcoal: It keeps the water fresh and helps fight any bacterial growth in the Terrarium. 

Potting Soil: Soil is very crucial in a Terrarium and while you can use the regular garden soil, you also get special mix of soil if you are planting a cacti or a succulents. 

Plants: Select small plants which don’t grow too fast like cacti, succulents or air plants.

Decorative items: You get many miniatures to add the extra beauty to your terrariums like tiny cats, human figures, dogs, mushrooms and many more. Decide on your theme and get the miniature décor. 

Gardening tools: Tools will help you set the Terrarium properly without much mess and hassle. 

Now that we are ready with all that we need to make a Terrarium, let’s start setting it up. 

Step 1: Place a 11/2 inch of pebbles or colored stones at the base of the Terrarium. These pebbles will act as a drainage for the Terrarium. 

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Step 2: To keep the water fresh and Terrarium free of bacteria, we add a layer of activated charcoal. 

Step 3: We can use any potting soil for the Terrarium but for cacti and succulents, you get special soil mix. Add a generous layer of soil as it will give support to the plants roots. Preferably add at least 21/2 inch of soil. 

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Step 4: Add the plant of your choice. If you are adding more plants, start adding from the back or one end of the Terrarium so you have room to add the next plant. When selecting plants, go for small plants so they don’t touch the glass of the Terrarium to make it looked cramped. Use plants which thrive well in humidity inside a Terrarium incase you plan to keep it closed. Cacti and succulents don’t live well in humidity, in that case, keep the Terrarium open. For any plant that you use for your Terrarium, keep in mind their natural and healthy environment and replicate the same in your Terrarium. 

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Step 5: After setting the plants, it’s time to decorative it. Again, go with the theme you have planned. If it’s for kid’s room, you can add mini dinosaur toys inside. Or if you plan to keep it in your balcony, add mini characters that you like or add shells. You have a wide varity of options to choose from which are easily available on Amazon. 

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Now that your Terrarium is ready, keep it where you can see it and water it every 2 weeks or when the soil seems to be dry. Keep it in a bright place with indirect sunlight. 

A closed terrarium made with plants which can handle humidity. Photo by Karolina Grabowska on

You can buy individual items to build your Terrarium or get a ready DIY kit which is easily available. It also makes a super fun activity to do with kids. Terrariums make a beautiful gifting option as it’s handmade and no one would say no to such a beautiful mini green space created in a glass.

This post is part of Blogchatter’s Causeachatter.

By mummatalks

Mom of two brats, use to work as an analyst now a SAHM. Love books.

29 replies on “Make a Terrarium in 5 easy steps”

My mom is obsessed with terrariums! We had one but the glass broke so we had to re-pot it. But I love how you can play with them and add all these decorations in it too.

We had done this activity few years ago and my girls just loved it. you have explained all steps so well in the post. I am sure it will be a great help for those who want to give it a try during this summer vacation.

I am currently obsessed with terrarium making! I even went to a class for that! This post is really handy and could be of help to my friend who is obsessed like me !

That’s a brilliant post around creating Terrariums at home. I am a huge garden and plant lover and have varieties of plants at home. Have been planning to make a TErrarium for some time now. Will surely try this now.

Terrariums look so cute and can enhance the beauty of any corner of the house. I too want to make a terrarium for my balcony garden, it will look so beautiful there. I will try these steps and try to make one with my son. I am sure he will enjoy that.

Being a plant lover, I always look for creative options that can enhance my home’s beauty, indoor and outdoor as well. This Terrarium option is very new to me; there is no doubt it will spot the place to my home very soon. Thanks for the detailed steps.

I am big terrarium fan. I prefer making it in glass. The layers of grass and soil gives me a fresh feeling.

This looks super amazing and I love the way you have explained it step by steps. photos are looking so cool and making me tempted to try this soon with my girls.

I always wanted a terrarium at my place but the worry of its upkeep stopped me. Your post has inspired me to give it a try. I have few glass bottles at home already.

I think Terrariums look super pretty and are low maintenance as well. I had no idea we could assemble one at home. Your post makes it look like it is very simple to do so as well.

Terrariums are so beautiful. But, to be honest, I always am scared to prepare one for I might end up damaging it. I had prepared a beautiful mini garden but couldn’t maintain it for more than a year, so I have my apprehensions. But your post has encouraged me to take a step forward and try my hands on terrarium. Wish me luck.

T his is a nice post, I never try to make Terrariums at my place. I am going to save this post and will try it with my kids. I am sure they will love it

A terrarium brings greenery in the form of nature right into our houses. Loved reading how to make a terrarium and am inspired to have my own soon.

i so want to give making terranium a try. These steps look doable and very hassle free. Gonna try out this weekend after procuring the raw materials.

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