Cute Terrariums

How to Create Incredible DIY Terrariums: 5 Steps

Do you want to design more green plants inside your home, but don’t have space for regular-sized planters? We have an incredible alternative – terrariums!

Cute Terrariums
DIY terrariums

Whenever you decorate interior spaces with indoor plants, you’re not just adding greenery and color, but plants interact with your body, mind, and home in ways that enhance the quality of your life!

Not only are they a pretty sight, but you can also put them anywhere; from shelves, coffee tables, to the kitchen counter!

Cute Terrariums

These are some of the most common terrarium plants you can use to place in your DIY terrariums. These are cute and lovely plants which can be displayed indoors to add beauty to your house or in your garden area.

Common terrarium plants

  1. Golden Clubmoss
  2. Variegated Spider Fern
  3. Black Mondo Grass
  4. Starfish Plant
  5. Aquamarine
  6. Nerve Plant
  7. Asplenium Bulbiferum
  8. Strawberry Begonia
  9. Variegata
  10. Air Plant
  11. Minimus Aureus
  12. Moon Valley Friendship Plant
  13. Succulents
  14. Cacti

Is this going to be your next project? Get some inspiration from our gallery!

You’ll be needing the following tools and materials to make this project.


  • Container (of your choice)
  • Plants
  • Potting Soil
  • Activated Charcoal
  • Small Rocks
  • Moss or Pebbles
  • Paper


  • Funnel (one that fits your container)
  • Wooden Tongs
  • Small Spoon
  • Wooden Stick
  • Spool
  • Small Blade
  • Bulb Syringe
  • Water Spray
DIY Terrariums

How to create terrariums

Terrariums are easy to make. And the best part? They’re very low-maintenance.

1. Prepare the glass containers

The first step you need to do is to get some clear glass containers. You can buy terrarium containers but recycled items make equally beautiful containers. Not to mention they’re cheaper, if not free. These can be anything such as beverage glasses, aquariums, jars, pitchers, teacups, even a light bulb!

2. Select the plants

Next – the plants. You can choose from the many, most commonly used terrarium plants but any plant that’s small and doesn’t grow too tall will work. Be sure to group your plants according to the soil, water, and humidity requirements. For instance, cacti go well together with succulents while ferns should be placed together with tropical plants.

3. Add rocks or sand

Now terrariums are no different from regular gardens (except that terrariums are easier to maintain). They also need proper drainage and the appropriate soil – the proper substrate, in short. Rocks serve as the drainage so it’s usually the first one to go inside the container. Some people put sand first though it is optional and more for aesthetic purposes.

4. Add the activated charcoal

The second layer would be your activated charcoal. However, this is only really needed if your terrarium is a closed/sealed container. Activated charcoal prevents microorganism buildup and keeps air for your plants clean, thus making your terrarium odor-free.

5. Add in the moss, soil and plants

You can then add in moss (for plants that love moisture), the soil, and finally your plants.

If you want an easier reference on how to make a cute terrarium, you can head over to the infographic linked after our album below!

Click on any image to start lightbox display. Use your Esc key to close the lightbox.8-)

And that’s it! You can also add accessories like mini figurines if you wish. Simple and easy, don’t you think? ;)

Enjoy your plants in these DIY terrariums displayed in your living room, office, balcony, or anywhere you want. Then let us know how lovely are these to have! :)

Thanks to Desima for this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here

If you liked this project, you might also like to view Adorable DIY Terrariums and Space Saving Planter Ideas



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