DIY Hanging Glass Terrariums

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I know you've probably seen so many glass terrariums over the past few months. Pinterest, especially. When I first started seeing them around, I thought, "Pretty cool." And that was it. Wasn't really interested in ever making one. But over time, they started to grow on me once I started seeing all of the creative DIY terrariums popping up all over Pinterest. It's such a versatile and easy way to add a little greenery to your home. Something that our apartment currently lacks. 

A glass vessel to display your mini ecosystem is a must. Where you wish to display your glass vessel, is up to you. We decided on hanging glass terrariums. I had a 40% off coupon for Michael's, so we got these for a discount. Hollaaa! Original price for these are about $12 each. Michael's even had these same exact glass containers with cute, plastic faux terrariums in them already. So if you're just going for the decorative only look, they've done all the work for you. Then, using ceiling hooks made for planters, we hung them above our kitchen sink. Each ceiling hook kit was less than $2. 


While we were in Home Depot buying the ceiling hooks, I also bought an herb planter (the white one on the window sill) for $10! I painted it white, and each pot a different color. But that's another project in itself. Back to terrarium land.

The basic supplies for your own DIY terrarium are:

  • A glass vessel, found at thrift stores, craft stores, Target. Open ones are preferred over closed.
  • Gravel or rocks
  • Soil
  • Activated charcoal, garden stores or pet supply stores 
  • Variety of succulent plants, keep the size of your vessel in mind while choosing plants
  • Live moss, garden stores have this but you may not be able to find it during winter months
  1. Fill the bottom of the container with a layer of gravel or rocks. This layer will filter drainage and keep your plant roots away from collecting moisture to prevent root rot.
  2. Add a layer of charcoal. This is highly recommended if your container will have a lid or be closed. I really suggest going with an open container instead of a closed one so the plants may breathe better and you won't have too much moisture building up in your terrarium. The charcoal prevents mildew or mold. 
  3. Add a layer of soil. 
  4. Remove your plants from their pots and clear away excess soil from the root, taking care not to rip or damage them. Nestle your plants in the terrarium, using more soil and rocks as necessary. It's easiest to start from the back of the container and work your way forward.
  5. Once the plants are arranged, you can add a layer of sand or gravel around them. And then finish landscaping with the live moss. 
  6. Succulents are very low maintenance, needing to be lightly watered every 2 weeks or when the soil dries out. They should also be placed in direct sunlight everyday. 
Happy planting!

- Vicky & Andrew

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