DIY Project: Succulent Terrarium

by Gabriela Lubaba

Succulent Terrarium


It’s hip, it’s pretty and it’s budget friendly.

Terrarium is a container that holds specific kinds of plants and is great for indoor gardening. You can put it in the corner of your working desk, next to your bed or on the dining table. It’s very easy to maintain as well. I wanted to get one for myself, but getting a terrarium in a plant store is pretty expensive. So I was like, why not make it myself.

Here are the supplies you will need:

1. Rocks

2. Charcoal

3. Succulent Soil

4. Decorative Rocks (Optional)

5. Succulents

6. Unused Jar

Now let’s get into it.

1. First of all, the base (which consist of rocks, charcoals and soil) of your terrarium should be a third of the jar you’re using. You want to fill the first layer of the jar with rocks. Since a terrarium has no drainage, rocks are used to absorb water coming in to the terrarium.

2. For the second layer, you only need about 2 spoons of charcoals. You don’t really need too much. Charcoals are needed inside a terrarium to get rid of any kinds of bacteria growing inside it.

3. To finish up the base, cover the rocks and charcoals with some succulent soil. Make sure you put the same amount as the rocks layer.

4. Now that you have the base ready, it’s time to get the succulent in the jar. You want to start with the bigger succulent first. Tips: Do not over crowd the jar and make sure that the succulents don’t touch each other to prevent bacteria from growing.

5. This step is optional but you can decorate your terrarium the way you want it. I just like to add some rocks on top of the soil to add some colors.

If you want to see a quick demo on how I make the terrarium, check out the video below.

Overall, I spent less than $10 to make 1 Terrarium. I guess that’s pretty inexpensive when you compare to store prices. If you live around San Francisco and you’re wondering where to get varieties of succulents and terrarium supplies, check out Succulence in Bernal heights. They offer awesome varieties of succulents I’m not even kidding. They also offer all the supplies you need to make your own Succulent Terrarium.

That’s all for now. If you’re interested in making one, let me know in the comment section below. Good Luck!