DIY Garden Tutorial How To Create A Terrarium with Succulents

A succulent-filled Terrarium brings vibrant color bursting with life into a small space. Inspired by a workshop held at Anthropologie in Carmel, California, this DIY Garden Tutorial shares easy-to-follow steps on how to create a Terrarium.

DIY Garden Tutorial How To Create A Terrarium with Succulents

What is a Terrarium?

Essentially a living environment for plants (or animals), a Terrarium is “a glass or plastic box that is used for growing plants or keeping small animals indoors.” [Definition: Merriam-Webster]

Perfect for offices and cubicle work spaces, small apartments and homes, and tiny patios with minimal room for potted plants, a Terrarium instantly injects a fresh dose of color, visual appeal, and charm into any space. Since succulents are drought-tolerant, they are incredibly easy to take care of, and don’t require much water.

DIY Garden Tutorial How To Create A Terrarium with Succulents

DIY Terrarium Supplies

To create your own Terrarium, you will need the below supplies:

Glass Bowl or Translucent Pot (a fish bowl would even work)

Cactus Potting Soil (which enables the water to drain more easily, and pulls moisture away)

River Rocks or Sea Glass (to allow for drainage)

Living Moss

Succulent Plants

Spray Bottle

DIY Garden Tutorial How To Create A Terrarium with Succulents

DIY Terrarium Step-by-Step Tutorial

1. Start by laying river rocks and sea glass on the bottom of your glass bowl. This allows for better drainage, which helps your plants stay alive.

DIY Garden Tutorial How To Create A Terrarium with Succulents

2. Fill up the bowl 1/3 to 1/2 way with cactus potting soil.

DIY Garden Tutorial How To Create A Terrarium with Succulents

3. Plant a variety of succulents, ranging in size, shape, and color. They should be spaced about 1/2-1 inch apart, to give them ample room.

DIY Garden Tutorial How To Create A Terrarium with Succulents

4. After the succulents are securely potted in the soil, intersperse chunks of living moss in between the plants, on top of the soil.

DIY Garden Tutorial How To Create A Terrarium with Succulents

5. Add decorative accents for a unique, interesting look. Glass sea stones or crystals, miniature garden sculptures (in cute shapes, like frogs or ladybugs), or even whimsical, unexpected details such as vintage drawer knobs, wine bottle corks, or antique buttons, are all playful ways to add a personal touch to your Terrarium.

DIY Garden Tutorial How To Create A Terrarium with Succulents

Place your Terrarium in a sunny or shady spot, such as an office or bedroom windowsill or even a patio table. To maintain your Terrarium, simply fill a spray bottle with fresh water twice (2x) a week, and spray the plants and moss about 15-20 times. They should appear moist, but not be fully soaked. Enjoy!

DIY Garden Tutorial How To Create A Terrarium with Succulents

If you want to learn how to create a Floral Centerpiece (using fresh flowers), check out this fabulous Tutorial on how to create an easy flower arrangement in just a few quick steps.

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