Tiny Terrariums

By | November 12, 2013

Several, several weeks ago, I picked up four little succulents from Home Depot with the idea of planting them to live in our kitchen window over the winter. It was the same day we grabbed the shrubs for the front of the house.

Expensive Home Depot Trip

I wanted to get a low, wide glass bowl to plant them in, but I didn’t have much luck finding one at our thrift store. Instead, I found these two smaller ones, which I thought would be super cute for two smaller, individual terrariums.

Glass Terrarium Jars

They were only 99 cents each, so I figured it was worth it to try it even if it wasn’t exactly what I had in mind.

So, I started by washing the two glass jars. Then it was time for the layering.

I used a layer of black rocks on the bottom.

DIY Succulent Terrarium 1

On top of that, I added two small circles of weed barrier to help keep the dirt out of the rocks.

DIY Succulent Terrarium

(I read in a few places online that wet dirt on the bottom of the jar can make the terrarium smelly so the fabric is supposed to prevent that. We’ll see if it works.)

DIY Succulent Terrarium 2

Then, I added a layer of green Spanish moss as an extra splash of color and as a barrier between the dirt and the rocks.

DIY Succulent Terrarium 3

Then, it was time to add the dirt, which I moistened, just a bit to help it hold together.

DIY Succulent Terrarium 5

And I loosened the dirt a little around each of the little plants after I took them out of their containers before tucking them in and adding more dirt around the edges.

DIY Succulent Terrarium 7

I also added a few rocks around the top to hold everything in nicely.

Now it was time to water everything in. I used a shot glass full of water, and trust me, that’s all they need.

DIY Succulent Terrarium 6

In the future, I’ll probably split a shot glass of water between them. These plants are very drought tolerant so the secret is to not water them too much once they are established.

And that’s it! Tiny terrariums are done!

Finished Succulent Terrariums6

I also picked up this glass bowl from our local thrift shop over the weekend.

Thrifted Glass Terrarium Bowl

And I gave it a quick spray with some shiny silver spray paint.

Silver Spray Paint

I also added a little blue paint to the inside edge in hopes it would show on top of the the plants inside. (I was inspired to do this step by this post from Young House Love, who coincidentally also planted some terrariums recently. Maybe it’s a common thing for people to do when the weather turns cold in an attempt to preserve the greenness of summer?)

Painted Bowl Terrarium

This step was a little unnecessary, though, because after adding the rocks and weed barrier fabric, I put the plants in as thin of a layer of dirt as possible, but there wasn’t really room to see the blue at the top of the bowl.

Ah well, it still looked pretty good. And I guess if you look really really closely, you can see the blue a little bit, right near the water droplet below:

Finished Succulent Terrariums5

The larger one looks a little different because I split the taller plant into four individual stems (hopefully they’ll all live). I’ll admit it was an accident (it fell apart when I removed in from the little pot it came in), but hopefully that will work.

Finished Succulent Terrariums3

I think I’ll move these little guys around a bit before I decide their permanent home. I’m thinking the bathroom counter or the kitchen windowsill right now though. Although the kitchen window is currently kinda full with other other things…

Kitchen Window Sill Full of Plants

For now, the two little ones are chilling in the living room, but I probably won’t leave them there.

Finished Succulent Terrariums7

Here’s what the bigger one looks like in the bathroom. Very earthy chic, eh?

Bathroom Terrarium

I think it goes well with the little framed card we already head in there.

Bathroom Counter

Plus, who doesn’t love a little green in more places of the home?

Bathroom Counter Terrarium

I think it was the perfect project for a dreary fall day yesterday, and I’m hoping these guys will stay alive for a long, long time…or at least through the winter. 🙂

Anyway, tell me what little things make you happy on dreary fall days!

8 thoughts on “Tiny Terrariums

    1. Melissa Post author

      Yea! It was a pretty quick project that seems to provide an impact. At least on me. I always feel better when I have living plants around me. We’ll see how they do now!

  1. Donita

    Great job. I do like them in “unsuspecting” places. It is a nice surprise.

  2. Gabby Bladdick

    I know I’ve asked you this before, but I can’t remember (nor can I find a post) – you guys didn’t post about your bathroom right? Also – did you guys frame the mirror yourself or did it come like that? I love your bathroom and ours needs help…badly!

    1. Melissa Post author

      Yes, we did frame the mirror, but no there isn’t a post. Sorry! Maybe I’ll write one this week because we’ve gotten several questions about it. Thanks for asking! And thanks for the kind words on the bathroom. It still needs work (you guys have never seen the floor!) but it’s MUCH better! 🙂


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