Entry #12 : DIY Terrarium

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I’ve been pinning cacti like crazy on Pinterest because it has become my newest obsession! They’re so damn cute and a bit of a change to the usual weekly flower purchase. Terrariums are a cool funky way to have an indoor garden with very little maintenance. I had so much fun putting it together as well as my kiddos (my handy helpers)! Here’s what you’ll need to create your own . . .

  • Cacti or Succulents – I got mine from my local Wal-Mart for $2 to $3.
  • Activated charcoal pieces – These help keep the soil fresh.
  • Basic potting mix – Make sure it contains perlite or vermiculite.
  • Pebbles, crushed rock or glass marbles – This acts as a draining layer when you water your terrarium.
  • Glass container – They can be opened or closed. Check your local thrift stores for cheap finds!
  • Tongs of some sort or like me, a fork and spoon

Start off by cleaning your glass container and drying it. Add 1/2in of pebbles mixed in  with the charcoal to your container. Then add the soil and pack firmly. Dig little holes into the soil where you’ll put the plants. Arrange the plants in their holes and pack the soil around them. Then add a layer of pebbles to make the top look neater. Spritz the surface with water and you’ve got yourself a mini garden!

  • Cacti and succulents need to be watered once a month
  • Keep your terrarium in indirect sunlight
  • They look great on coffee tables, desks, table tops and bookshelves

Oh and try not to get poked!

  • Daniella

    clever and cute!




  • OH MY GOODNESS are you reading my mind? lol I have been looking all week for things to make a darn terrarium and blog about it. Cannot find the stuff anywhere. Did you find the charcoal at Walmart too?

    Oh I just discovered you space 🙂

    • lol I’m so glad I can help! I got the charcoal at my local florist so i’m not sure if they carry it at Walmart too!

  • Zazie Bibi

    Love the look of cacti, really want to get some 🙂 xx

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  • These are so cute, I will definitely have to make a couple! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

    • Thank you! I want to see pictures if you try it out so make sure you tag me!