How to Make a Terrarium: Create Your Own Beautiful Garden Inside a Glass Container

How to Make a Terrarium: Create Your Own Beautiful Garden Inside a Glass Container
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SHARE - Who doesn’t love a beautiful, mystical terrarium adorning your home interiors? Though it may look sophisticated, making a terrarium is actually easy to do. This makes a perfect DIY project for both kids and adults.

So, if you’ve been wondering how to make a terrarium, you’re on the right page! Tripboba has got you covered with some useful tips on how to make your mini garden inside a clear glass container.

Now keep reading to find out more!

How to make a mini terrarium

How to make a succulent terrarium

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Succulent makes a perfect, easy-to-care terrarium project that you can do by yourself. To learn how to make a terrarium of your favorite cacti, you’ll need a terrarium, mini succulents, a hand trowel, gravel, gardening gloves, compost suitable for cacti and succulents, mini decorations, moss, and a small watering can.

Start by placing a layer of small gravel in the base of your terrarium to allow excess water to drain away for future watering. If your glass terrarium has a side hole to it, you can create some height and form a sloping hill by pushing the gravel up at the back.

After you’ve done preparing the base, add roughly an inch of specialist cactus compost (fast-draining soil that doesn’t retain moisture) on top of the gravel base. Then, lightly water the soil to moisten it before planting your succulents.

When it’s finally time to plant your cacti, be sure to space them evenly. Cover the roots thoroughly in soil, adding a little extra to stabilize the plants if needed. You can then add a finishing touch by decorating your terrarium with moss and pebbles as well as mini decorations.

Once you’re done learning how to make a terrarium, choose the perfect spot to place your mini garden project. Choose somewhere bright but not in direct sunlight, because the glass will intensify the sun’s rays. You don’t want to fry the plants.

How to make a moss terrarium

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Moss and terrariums go together perfectly as this plant only requires little soil, low light, and dampness rather than lots of water.

To learn how to make a terrarium with moss, put down one inch (2.5 cm.) layer of pebbles or gravel in the bottom of your container, then put a layer of dried moss or sphagnum moss on top of this to keep your soil from mixing with the drainage pebbles on the bottom and turning into a muddy mess. 

On top of your dried moss, put a few inches of soil. Create an interesting landscape for your moss by sculpting the soil or burying small stones. After that, you can finally put your moss on top of the soil and pat it down firmly.

Spritz some water to your moss, then place your terrarium in indirect sunlight. Make sure not to overwater your plant.

How to make a closed terrarium with a bottle

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Learning how to make a terrarium is not only fun but it’s also a sustainable DIY project as you can reuse your old glass bottles and jars and make them into a beautiful mini garden.

If you’ve been wondering how to make a terrarium in a bottle, you’ll need to gather your supplies first: glass bottle or jar with lid, sphagnum moss, potting mix, small pebbles, terrarium plants (fittonia, ferns, and moss varieties), old bath towel, long tweezers or tongs, kitchen spoon, large pebble or piece of driftwood, miniature figurines such as toadstools, spray bottle, and Blu Tack.

The supplies and process are pretty much the same as making any other terrarium—however, you may need long tweezers or tongs in order to reach the inside of the bottle. To get to know how to make a terrarium with a long neck bottle or a small jar, remove the lid and place the container on a towel to avoid it from rolling. 

Then, using tweezers or tongs, add a thin layer of dampened sphagnum moss to the jar, on top of the moss, followed by adding a thin layer of potting mix to the jar.

After that, use your spoon to dig small holes in the potting mix and tweezers or tongs as positioning tools to carefully plant your succulents. Adorn your terrarium with pebbles, pieces of driftwoods, as well as figurines.

Once done, spray the plants gently and fit the lid on the jar. Add a dot of Blu Tack to the underside of the jar to stop it from rolling. Place your mini terrarium in indirect sunlight. Remove lid every few days and spritz some water to your plants (don’t go overboard with this!)


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