DIY: How to Make a Terrarium

DIY: How to Make a Terrarium

Terrariums have become a popular trend for the home. They are also simple to make for yourself and are a great gift idea too. Terrariums are a neat way of displaying small house plants, ferns or succulents in an enclosed vessel, decorated with stones, sand and miniature accessories.

To start, you’ll need a glass container, glass pebbles or stones, small houseplants, cacti or succulents, potting mix and decorative elements that add a fun touch like small animal figurines or sea shells.

Step 1

To create drainage for the plants, add a layer of sand or stones at the bottom of the container, then add a layer of moss or potting mix. If you are using succulents, make sure you use a dry potting mix and be careful to not over water.

Step 2

Plant one to three plants per terrarium depending on the size of the vessel, making sure to get a mix of sizes, leaf textures and colour – we suggest baby tears, aluminium plant, hen & chicken fern and birds nest to name a few from the mini houseplant range in stores.

Step 3

Layer stones or decorative elements at the top.

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For some creative inspiration, check out our terrarium board on Pinterest.


This ‘How To’ Guide has been produced to provide basic information and our experienced staff are available to answer any questions that you may have. Because this guide is of a general nature, neither Palmers nor its staff are responsible for the application of the information, as the contents may need to be modified for individual projects and site applications.