I’m a tree hugger, but I have a dark secret to share with you today: I have massacred dozens of plants! In my defense, I didn’t really do it intentionally, but mostly because I forgot to water them regularly. Instead of sacrificing another high-maintenance plant, I decided to look for a hardier plant alternative.
I love having plants inside of my home, and I think they are a wonderful way to bring life into a living space. After scrolling through Pinterest, I was introduced to the world of succulents. The internet loves these fleshy plants as a low-maintenance contemporary home decor option. I did more research and learned that succulents are the plants I have been missing in my life! Not only do they require little care (just misting once a week and sunlight), they can add a dose of color to your home decor.
I’ll admit it, quickly after discovering succulents, I became a succulent hoarder. No joke! I literally lined my window sill in a variety of succulents. They looked cute on my window, but I wanted to use them to make a trendy terrarium for my living room table. Rather than spend a pretty penny buying a store-bought terrarium, I decided to make my own DIY Succulent Terrarium.
Believe it or not a succulent terrarium is fairly inexpensive to make and allows you to customize the design to seamlessly fit into your home decor.
- Pebbles (color of your choice)
- Live Moss
- Cactus Soil
- Succulents (Variety of sizes)
- Glass Jar/Container
DIY Succulent Terrarium
Step 1: Wash your terrarium with water (no soap) and make sure it is free of chemicals before starting.
Step 2: Place a layer of pebbles at the bottom of your glass container.
Step 3: Place a layer of live moss on top of the pebbles. You can also use activated charcoal for this step, either one will help with drainage and will reduce odors.
Step 4: Place a thick layer of cactus soil on top of the moss. Make sure that you are using cactus soil and not standard potting soil, since succulents require a special mix of soil to thrive.
Step 5: Plant your succulents in the soil. When arranging your succulents in your terrarium, you typically want to plant your biggest succulent(s) in the back of your glass container, and the smaller ones towards the front. Succulents like to be clustered together, so don’t be shy to pack them in.
Step 6: Place pieces of live moss around your succulents. You can use a skewer to help get pieces into tight spaces. Since this step can get a little messy for your succulents, gently use and old tooth brush to dust the dirt off of the leaves.
Now your DIY Succulent Terrarium is complete! Make sure to mist your succulents weekly and to expose them to sunlight everyday.
Did you make a DIY succulent terrarium? Tag #PrettyInPigment in your photo so that I can see your creation!