Succulant Terrarium DIY

I went to a greenhouse last weekend and saw tons of succulents; it brought me back to California since they are pretty much a staple in all SoCal landscapes.  I had to give mine away when I moved, so when I saw some in New England at a greenhouse it got me excited.  I had been browsing Pinterest looking at terrariums and thought it would be fun to put one together.  Since we are headed into winter, it made me happy thinking about some green that would remind that that spring is right around the corner.  These are great for winter because they can still get tons of sunlight on the window sill.

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I stumbled upon a pin that showed two types of terrariums: open and closed.  The closed is what you normally think of, with moss and ferns, and the open involves succulents and rocks/sand. Check out this link for more information on which kind you might want to put together.

Open vs. Closed Terrarium

Here is what you will need:

1) Glass container: the choices are endless!  I used an old fish bowl

2) Rocks: can be found outside or purchased (craft decor aisle)

3) Pebbles: found in pet section (I chose white and hot pink)

4) Activated Charcoal/Carbon: also found in pet section by fish cleaning supplies

5) Plants: small yellow cactus & three small plants ($2.50-$3.50)

6) Potting soil: cactus soil is ideal but I could not find it so I used some that I had


Supplies cost me under $20.  Charcoal was the most expensive at $7, but once you have it, you can use it for multiple projects.

Now it’s time to layer:

Rocks, charcoal, soil, plants, pebbles.  The hardest part is being gentle with your plants.  It can take some patience to put them into the soil without breaking them.  What I love about this project is it is so versatile and can be as intricate or as simple as you want it to be.

I went with the hot pink rocks but would probably stick with white or something more neutral for decoration purposes.

For other succulent ideas check out Succulent DIY by me!

Xo Korina

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