DIY Terrarium

Happy Monday! I’ve been admiring terrariums for some time now and thought I’d try creating one to liven up a dull corner in my family room. I often like to bring a little life to a room with a plant or fresh flowers, but this space is painted a deep color and the blinds are often drawn for TV watching, making it difficult to keep anything alive. A couple years ago, I added a dried boxwood globe I found at Restoration Hardware to one of the shelves and I liked the pop of green it added to the space. I thought a terrarium would repeat this effect, also adding a few other natural elements plus the sparkle of  glass.

DIY Terrarium- supplies and step-by-step instructions

To start with, I cleaned the large cut glass canister and layered the bottom for drainage with about 1″ of gravel. I then added a small layer of charcoal and a few inches of sterilized potting soil. When choosing the type of plant, I made sure it was shade tolerant due to the lack of light in the room and could take the humidity from natural evaporation in the jar. I decided to go with a variety of fern.

Table Fern for DIY Terrarium

I brushed a bunch of soil from the roots and placed it on the soil layer in the jar making sure the roots were covered. Next, I added a few river rocks and moss and gave the plant a light watering as close to the roots as possible.

DIY Terrarium

I’ve had the terrarium for a few weeks now and all seems good. Every once in a while, I remove the lid to let a little moisture escape and I’ve only had to water it once due to its own evaporation.

What natural elements do you like to add to your space? Do you have any tips for keeping a terrarium at its best?

Enjoy your day,

Shauna Oberg

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  1. Magda says

    Hi Shauna!  I just found your site while looking for DYI terrariums.  I love yours and was wondering if you could tell me the name of the fern you chose and if survived.  


    • says

      Hi Magda, I don’t recall the name of the fern, but it did survive for a good 6 months or so. The key is keeping it moist, and I’d also select a container big enough that the plant materials don’t touch the side. Good luck!

      • Janet says

        I have several of the materials bought for my terrarium, but I cannot find the charcoal anywhere any sugestions where to buy it. I’ve been to lawn and garden places and even tried the pet store for some. Please help. Thanks

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