DIY Succulent Terrariums

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One of the latest home trends has been buying or making your own succulent terrarium. They are a simple addition to give life to a room and look great sitting in a sunny windowsill.

While many people may opt to buy their terrariums already made from stores like Target or Home Depot, these pre-made terrariums are not always filled with real plants. Instead, they may come with fake plants that require no upkeep. This is sad really, as succulents require very little care. They simply need to be placed in a place where they will receive lots of sun and be watered maybe once a week. With very little water at that-placing an ice cube at the base of the succulent will give it all the water it needs for the week!

There are many different styles of terrariums you can make, and here are just a few different styles for inspiration:

Being that I wanted to customize my terrarium, I decided to make mine myself. To make your own terrarium you will need:

  1. A container to house the plant (I went with a glass fishbowl that was on sale at Hobby Lobby)
  2. Some rocks. These can also be bought at crafting stores. You can go with colorful stones, simple white ones, or natural toned rocks. good1.jpg
  3. Soil. This can be found at home improvement stores like Home Depot or Menards. When all else fails, you can dig some up from your backyard!
  4. Moss. I bought some colorful moss from Hobby Lobby to spruce up the terrarium. good.jpg
  5. A succulent or two. I got my plant from Home Depot. They had a very large selection varying in price from about $2.50 to $12 depending on how big and what variety the plant was. img_7978

I began making my terrarium by putting a layer of rocks down. For my small terrarium I went with the bright white stones, and mixed it up with my large terrarium. Be sure not to fill up the bowl too far with rocks as you need to leave room for enough soil to plant your succulent. 

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After the rocks, I added the soil and then planted my succulent plants. Around the plants, I placed red and green moss to give more color to the terrarium.

Be sure to clean the glass near the top of the bowl or container you decide to use to clean off the dirt, dust and fingerprints that settle on it. Your end result will look just as nice as the store-bought versions and be the perfect addition to rooms that need a little bit of life in them!


If you decide to make one for yourself, or have already done so, share your pictures in the comments!

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