how to make a succulent terrarium

Learn how to make a succulent terrarium - An Easy DIY Guide

Making your own succulent terrarium DIY is a fun and easy do-it-yourself project that anyone can enjoy! Looking to spruce up your home or give an unforgettable gift? Why not create a succulent terrarium DIY. You can fill it with lush succulents is the perfect way to add some life and color into any space. With just a few simple supplies and steps, you’ll be able to create your very own unique terrarium in no time!

Step 1: Gather necessary materials

Gather the necessary materials, including a clear glass container, succulents, soil, and rocks.
To create a succulent terrarium DIY , you will need a clear glass container. This can be anything from an apothecary jar, fishbowl, or even a Mason jar – the options are endless! When selecting the right container: make sure to choose one with an opening large enough for your hands to reach inside for planting. Additionally, ensure that any drainage holes at the bottom of the vessel. They need to be plugged with mesh to prevent soil from leaking out.

Cactus and succulent potting mix is available at most garden centers. Also at you will find succulent soil potting mix. This works best as it has better aeration and drainage than regular potting soil.

Next, you’ll need some succulents. Succulents come in all shapes and sizes. From small-leaved Echeverias to spiky Aloe veras. This makes them perfect for creating unique terrariums. When selecting succulents for your terrarium, make sure to pick plants that won’t outgrow their space too quickly.

Rocks may seem like an unnecessary addition. They actually play an important role in helping keep your plants healthy and thriving. Adding rocks to your succulent terrarium diy is essential for providing proper drainage and aeration of the soil. The rocks help create air pockets that allow excess water to escape from the soil. It doesn’t become waterlogged and cause root rot in your plants. Additionally, adding a layer of rocks at the bottom of your container will help protect against overwatering. It allows any extra moisture to drain away from the roots of your succulents. With just a few simple steps you can easily create a beautiful and healthy succulent terrarium!

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Step 2: Prepare the soil

Prepare the soil by mixing it with water to make it moist.
When creating a succulent terrarium, you need to prepare the soil in order for it to be suitable for planting. Regular potting soil won't do the trick - you need something with better aeration and drainage. But how can you make sure that your soil is moist enough?

The answer is simple - mix it with water! Succulent potting mix works best as it has been specially designed for this purpose. Just add some water to the mix until it reaches a moist consistency, and then you'll be ready to start planting your succulents!

Step 3: Adding soil to your terrarium container

  • Place some of the soil in the bottom of your terrarium container.
  • Placing soil at the bottom of your terrarium container is an essential step when creating a succulent terrarium.
  • Adding soil to the bottom of the container provides several benefits. It gives the succulents something to root into and provides them with necessary nutrients; it helps keep the plant's roots protected from too much water, allowing them to stay moist but not overly saturated; and it also aids in maintaining proper soil drainage
  • The thicker the layer of soil you place at the bottom, the better - a good rule of thumb is to spread a layer that is roughly two inches deep. You can also add some rocks on top for decorative purposes and to help with drainage.
  • When adding soil, make sure to use succulent mix as it has been designed specifically for these types of plants and has superior aeration and drainage properties compared to regular potting soil.
  • The soil should be moist but not soggy, so take care not to oversaturate it with water before adding it to your terrarium container. Once you've added your soil layer and rocks, you'll be ready to start planting your succulents!

Step 4 in creating your succulent terrarium: Arrange your succulents

Arrange your succulents in an aesthetically pleasing way inside the container.
When arranging your succulents in an aesthetically pleasing way inside the terrarium container, it is important to create a sense of balance and visual appeal. The best way to achieve this is by placing the succulents in groups and layering them around the edges of the container. This will allow you to create depth and texture while also creating a pleasing look. Additionally, you can use rocks, mosses, gravels, and other decorations to add texture and interest to your terrarium.

  succulent terrarium DIY

For example, a single Echeveria can be placed right in the center of the terrarium as a focal point surrounded by smaller succulents such as Sedums or Graptopetalum. You can then layer other larger plants such as Aloe vera or Haworthia on the sides for contrast. To further create depth and variety, incorporate small decorative rocks such as pebbles or stones between the plants and around their bases. This will help to break up any monotony that may be created with only having succulent plants inside the container.

Another great way to achieve an aesthetically pleasing arrangement is by using plants of different sizes and textures. For example, you can place taller varieties such as Crassula Muscosa at one end of the terrarium with shorter species like Haworthia at the other side for balance.

Interspersing these two types of succulents will create contrast and visual appeal. Additionally, you could use trailing varieties such as String Of Pearls (Senecio Rowleyanus) along one side or front edge of your terrarium for added interest. When arranging your terrarium succulent garden, remember to have fun! Experiment with different shapes, sizes, colors, textures - anything that brings life into your personal creation! And don't forget those decorative touches like adding gravels or colorful stones around each plant's base or decorating with some small figurines inside!

Step 5 : Add more soil to your succulent terrarium 

Add more soil around each plant and lightly pack it down.
When building a succulent terrarium, it is incredibly important to add soil and rocks around each plant. Adding soil around the plants helps keep them in place so your terrarium looks neat and organized. Not only does this help with visual aesthetics, but it also prevents the plants from being dry due to lack of moisture. In addition, adding some rocks on top of the soil can help absorb heat and diffuse sunlight, providing an environment more conducive for healthy succulent growth. 


Step 6: Place decoratives

Place decorative stones or moss on top of the soil for aesthetic purposes.
On top of the soil, add some rocks or gravel to help keep moisture in while providing adequate drainage so that your succulents don’t become overwatered.

Once everything is placed together in the container, mist your terrarium lightly with water and add a layer of mulch on top of the soil to help retain moisture while giving the terrarium an aesthetically pleasing appearance. Voilà! You now have a beautiful homemade succulent terrarium that's ready to adorn any room or make a great gift for friends and family!

succulent terrarium

Step 7: Water your plants

Water your plants regularly and place them in a sunny spot for optimal growth.
It can be difficult to know how often and where to water your succulent terrarium plants in order for them to thrive. Without proper care, your succulent plant may become dry or overwatered, leading to stunted growth or even death.

The key is finding a balance between watering and sunlight exposure. Water your succulents regularly but not too much - just enough so that the soil remains moist but not soggy. Place them in an area with bright indirect light such as near a window or balcony for optimal growth and health of your terrarium plants!
Finally, Enjoy your beautiful terrarium!

Conclusion on succulent terrarium DIY creations

Succulent terrariums diy kits are the perfect way to bring life into any space! Without the right supplies, your terrarium won't look as beautiful or last as long. With just a few simple steps, you can create an eye-catching arrangement of different shapes, sizes, colors and textures with ease. With these tips in mind you'll have an amazing looking terrarium in no time!

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Jasmine Cooper

Hey succulent lovers! I'm Jasmine Cooper, a self-proclaimed succulent enthusiast and the voice behind this blog. My journey into the enchanting world of succulents began with a simple yet captivating gift: a small succulent pot. Over the years, I've dedicated countless hours to reading, researching, and immersing myself in everything succulent-related. My adventures have led me to collect an array of succulent planters and products, each adding a unique story to my ever-expanding succulent tapestry. Through this blog, I aim to share the knowledge and joy these remarkable plants have brought into my life, hoping to inspire and guide fellow enthusiasts and newcomers alike on their succulent journey.

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