Succulent terrariums make great DIY projects, and regardless of the size of terrarium you want to make, the process is pretty similar and easy to scale based on your wants.
To make a succulent terrarium you will need:
- A glass bowl – I purchased mine at the dollar tree. This one is pretty small, but if you’d like something larger or more “fancy”, there are a ton of options at Cost Plus World Market and similar retailers.
- Succulent soil – I would look to find the smallest bag possible unless you’re going to make many terrariums.
- Activated charcoal – Make sure your charcoal is in small pieces. Sometimes they’re too large to fit or look good in a small terrarium.
- Accent dirt or small rocks – Mini river pebbles are a great choice.
First, add a thin layer of activated charcoal to the bottom of your container. This is especially important if your container doesn’t have any drainage holes since the charcoal will prevent molding and keep the terrarium somewhat aerated.
The second step is to position your succulents within your container. Once you know exactly where you want to set them, you can remove them from their plastic wrapping and begin adding dirt. This process isn’t fast, so you’ll need to be a little patient and slowly pour a little dirt at a time until your succulents are covered and held in place.
The final step is to add accent dirt or small rocks on top of your soil. You can skip this step if you’re happy with the way your terrarium looks. In the video below, I used dirt, but I’ve also seen people use small rocks and dragon glass. The important thing to keep in mind is that your accents need to allow for water to drain. Succulents don’t like a lot of water, so anything that will cause water to become stagnant will affect your plants.
Most people are making terrariums with glass containers, but you can make a variety of cool succulent planters by just switching up the containers and getting creative with where you plant them. Here is a mini terrarium I made using an old jewelry tray. I found a similar dish on amazon.
In the past, I have also used candle holders, mugs, and cement planters. They all look beautiful, so get creative and Happy Gifting!