How To Make a Terrarium

With our kitchen and dining area renovations almost complete (I will share photos when it’s done, I promise) I wanted to bring a bit of life and colour into the room. I thought of many different things and while I was cleaning up the mess, I came across a disused glass bowl. As soon as I looked at it I thought ‘DIY terrarium’!

how to make a terrarium
I’m a huge green thumb and love pottering in my garden, but I thought it would be super cool to have a micro-garden inside. Not only does it look pretty, it’s good for the air and low maintenance. It’s also something Elliott can be responsible for looking after by giving it a daily mist of water.

After having a lovely chat with the horticulturalist lady at Bunnings (one of my favourite shops) I learnt all I needed to know about terrarium plants, terrarium supplies and putting one of these little micro-environments together and today I’m going to share how to make a terrarium with you! It’s super easy and the end result is really pretty. I could just imagine little fairy families living in the bowl!

Terrarium supplies you will need

terrarium supplies

  • A clean open top glass bowl
  • Horticultural charcoal
  • Potting mix
  • Small pebbles
  • Terrarium plants – small plants that won’t grown too large and that prefer indoor environments. Ask for assistance at your nursery.  I used some little ferns and a plant called a Fittonia (the stripey ones)
  • Gloves
  • Scoop or hand spade
  • Water spray bottle
  • Any little figurines that will make the terrarium their home.

How to make a terrarium

Place a 1-3cm layer of the pebbles at the bottom of the bowl. The pebbles help with drainage.

terrarium pebbles

Place a layer of charcoal over the top of the pebbles, just enough to cover them. The charcoal will help keep the terrarium environment healthy.

terrarium charcoal

Place a layer of potting mix over the charcoal. The potting mix should be deep enough to cover the plant roots.

terrarium potting mix

Using your finger, poke holes into where you want to put the plants, put the plants in and surround with the potting mix and ensure they’re secure.

terrarium plants

Get creative and make little pathways or add little figurines in the bowl to bring your terrarium world to life.

DIY terrarium

Spritz with the water bottle and place in the best location to appreciate. Don’t place it in direct sun, it should be placed in indirect light.

water a terrarium
 

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Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman - a lifestyle and parenting blog.She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a Mum to her 4-year-old son, 2 month old daughter, two chickens, one dog and a fish called Bob and a wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little cottage on the outskirts of Brisbane.

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  1. August 24, 2015 / 7:31 am

    I bought some hanging terrarium jars a couple of months ago, but have been too scared to use them! Love this!
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  2. August 24, 2015 / 10:12 am

    I’ve always wanted to make one of these I’m just worried that the cats would try and eat it. Every time I’ve had herbs in pots of even flowers inside the little buggers eat them at night while Im in bed.
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  3. August 24, 2015 / 1:26 pm

    Interesting. Before today I didn’t know what a terrarium was, let alone how to make one! I am certainly not a green thumb. Ahem. I wish I was because it looks great.

    PS I have nominated you for the Liebster thing, but it’s okay to ignore me if you’ve already been nominated ten billionty times. As you were.
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  4. August 24, 2015 / 2:47 pm

    Love this idea Eva! So cute. This is on my to-do list on a private Pinterest board I have! haha. I have a very long to do list. Yours turned out great. Well done 🙂
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  5. August 24, 2015 / 3:12 pm

    This is so beautiful. I remember these from ‘the first time’ round and am pretty sure I made one and my mum did. Now though, like I see in yours, there is so much more around to prepare them and place in them. Beautiful idea. Denyse
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  6. August 24, 2015 / 3:17 pm

    The coffee table in our lounge room when I was a kid was actually an enormous terrarium. Only it didn’t have plants, it had figurines, Japanese-style. I used to love looking at it when I was a kid. Having one for plants is not a bad idea, I’ve never thought of doing it but I reckon it would be something that Punky would have fun doing and looking after.
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  7. August 24, 2015 / 5:15 pm

    Wow, Eva, a green thumb as well! You make me feel inadequate – I didn’t even know what a terrarium was, let alone how to make one, haha!!
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  8. August 28, 2015 / 11:22 am

    I love terrarium’s but haven’t seen them in a while! They were huge in the late 80’s! Good to see them again and yours is lovely! 🙂
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  9. September 4, 2015 / 8:58 am

    Really cute idea! I made a mini one recently and similar to Fleur’s mum, I added a little butterfly and some moss to make it feel a bit like a magical garden 🙂 I’ve also seen some with mini dinosaur figurines and even cowboys. So many possibilities!
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