DIY Terrarium (For $25!)

June 8, 2015
diy terrarium

Despite my history of being a terrible plant mommy, I decided it was time to bring a little more green into my apartment and give plant growing a try once more. I wanted something low maintenance that didn’t require a lot of direct sunlight and could be left by itself for several days without fear of it wilting. Succulents and cacti seemed like the perfect solution, so I decided to make my own DIY terrarium of (hopefully) hard to kill plants.

diy terrarium materialsHere’s the breakdown of what I purchased and the cost:

Glass bowl: $2.15
Palm & cactus soil: $4.77
Marble rocks: $4.98
4 plants (2 cacti, 2 succulents): $13.42

Total: $25.32

I knew straight off the bat I wanted to use a glass container rather than a traditional pot. But since they can get disgustingly expensive very quickly, I stopped by a local thrift shop to get this beauty for just $2.15! After that, I moseyed on over to Lowe’s to purchase my potting materials and plants.

Once you have all your materials, planting is super simple. Even though this is an indoor plant, I highly suggest doing your planting outside–soil and rocks tend to get everywhere no matter how careful you are!

diy terrarium rocksLine the bottom of your container with rocks. This increases drainage as well as adding a little bit of visual appeal. Because my container is not completely flat at the bottom, I also lined rocks a little bit up the sides as well for better coverage.

diy terrarium soilDump a layer of soil on top of the rocks. A good rule of thumb is to make it about the same depth as the roots of the plants or a little bit shorter. You’ll add more soil to the top once the plants are in, so don’t worry about getting the perfect amount in now.

diy terrarium plant layoutDecide a layout for your plants ahead of time. Mine was simple enough with four plants in a diamond shape, but it can get trickier when you have more.

diy terrarium remove plantGently remove the plants from their containers and brush some of the dirt off to expose the roots. Place them in your container and pat the soil down around your plant to position them the way that looks best. Once they’re all in, top them with a little more soil.

diy terrarium top layerFrom here, you can either leave it as is or add another layer of rocks on the top. I liked the way the white marble looked so I opted to sprinkle a light layer of the rocks over the top. Afterwards, be sure to give your newly planted terrarium a healthy amount of water.

diy terrarium top viewdiy terrarium sideHaving living plants in my place already makes such a huge difference. I’m crossing my fingers that I can keep these little guys alive for a while! I would definitely like to get more plants in the future, so I figure this is a good baby step to take.

DIY terrariums can be an easy and inexpensive way to perk up your home. Happy planting!

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  • Reply Cassandra June 8, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    So cute!

  • Reply Jodie June 18, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Wow, this is so pretty!! It’s the sort of thing I always wish I could put together but never have a clue where to start. Thank you for this because it’s made me think, maybe I can 🙂 x


    • Reply Allison June 18, 2015 at 8:37 am

      Thanks Jodie! And it really is simple! Believe me, I’m the last person in the world with a green thumb, but this has been a great starter plant!

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