Sunday, November 4, 2012

Tutorial: How to create a whimsical succulent terrarium... by Jes

How to Create a Whimsical Succulent Terrarium

A while back I was throwing a baby shower where my concept was
"vintage botanical"

Obviously terrariums were a must.

So, late one night with the help of my handsome and ever supportive husband we created the 
cutest darn terrariums I ever did see.   

Step 1: Gather your materials

A container to house your terrarium
( I would suggest one with a lid. This will create a true terrarium, mimicking a greenhouse.)

A small trowel or a large spoon
Activated Filter Carbon

 (This can be found in the fish section at a pet store. It keeps the water clean and keeps funky stuff from happening)

Potting Soil

Plants and any decorative items you would like

Step 2: Layer your materials like so:

1) Gravel - a good inch or so -
 This gives the water somewhere to go, so you don't end up with soggy soil that could get stinky or even kill your plants.

2) Activated Carbon - about half an inch -
This filters the water as mentioned above, this will also help keep your terrarium mold free.

3) Moss - however much looks right -
This keeps the soil in it's place and adds a nice layered effect.

4) Soil - however much looks right, but a good few inches at least -
(remember to leave enough room for your plant to be completely inside) 
I would probably do a bit of light watering now, before your plants go in. 

5) Plants and accessories
Always choose plants that have the same water needs if you plan on keeping your terrarium for a while.
I found succulents fared the best, they are low maintenance and cute.

To create a diorama feel, print out small animals onto cardstock,
 cut them out and tape them to a toothpick.
(If you want them to last a while a layer or two of mod-podge wouldn't hurt)
Arrange in your terrarium as you like.




  1. I love this idea! You did such a good job, I love all the little animal friends you have in them :)

  2. Really cute! Especially the little foxes :)