Creating a Stunning Succulent Terrarium

Are you searching for the perfect indoor gardening project? Look no further! Today, I will guide you on how to create your own unique and budget-friendly succulent terrarium. This step-by-step tutorial will teach you how to layer soil, providing a perfect humid environment for your plants to thrive.

As a notorious black thumb, I’ve never had much success with gardening. But succulents have captured my heart because of their low maintenance nature and minimal water requirements. Now, I want to share with you my secrets for making a stunning succulent terrarium that won’t break the bank.

Where Can You Find Fresh Succulents?

Before we dive into the project, let’s discuss where to get the necessary supplies. Many garden and home improvement stores now offer convenient curbside pickup options. This means you can easily obtain fresh succulents and other supplies without leaving the safety of your car.

If you’re looking to order online, Amazon provides an extensive selection of fresh flowers and succulents. You can buy them in bulk or mix and match to suit your project. Home Depot also offers a Home Botanicals & Garden line, ideal for bulk ordering or mixing different succulent varieties. For unique options, consider exploring Etsy, but ensure you avoid purchasing faux succulents.

Saving Money on Your DIY Terrarium

Creating a budget-friendly succulent terrarium is easier than you think. Here are a few money-saving tips:

  • Consider fairy gardens, as nurseries often offer smaller bags of pea gravel or moss at a lower cost.
  • Compare prices between individual succulents and pre-arranged succulent arrangements. Sometimes, buying an arrangement can give you more value for your money.
  • Thrift shops and online platforms like Facebook Marketplace are great places to find unique containers for your terrarium. You may even discover forgotten serving pieces in your own home, perfect for repurposing.
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Now, let’s dive into the exciting process of crafting your succulent terrarium.

How to Create a Beautiful Succulent Terrarium

Supplies Needed

  • Glass Trifle Container
  • Pebbles
  • Charcoal or Perlite
  • Sphagnum Moss
  • EcoScraps Potting Soil (available at Walmart or Target)
  • Succulents (refer to the above-listed sources)
  • Garden Trowel

Creating a terrarium is akin to layering a cake or trifle, which is why I chose the glass trifle container for this project. It adds an elegant touch to your home decor while providing the perfect environment for your succulents to flourish.


  1. Start by adding a layer of pebbles to the bottom of your container. This layer acts as a drainage system, allowing water to settle without flooding the plants. The depth of the pebble layer depends on the size of your container, but aim for one to two inches.

Charcoal or Perlite Layer

  1. Once the pebbles are in place, add a layer of activated charcoal or perlite. This layer helps reduce bacteria, fungus, and odors within the terrarium.

Moss Layer in Terrarium

  1. Add a layer of moss on top of the charcoal or perlite. This barrier prevents the potting soil from mixing with the charcoal layer.

  2. Prepare your succulents for planting by gently removing them from their pots. Loosen the root ball and trim any excessively long roots if necessary.

Potting Soil for Terrarium

Layers in Soil for Terrarium

  1. Add a layer of potting soil to your terrarium. Carefully place your succulents inside and add more soil to secure them in place. Arrange the succulents of varying heights and foliage to create an aesthetically pleasing composition within the jar.

How to Make a Succulent Terrarium

How to Make a Succulent Terrarium

Siri Reminder To Water Plants

  1. Once your terrarium is complete, water it lightly. Remember not to overwater, as succulents prefer well-drained soil. To care for your terrarium, simply feel the soil weekly and water only when it is dry.
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Place your terrarium in a spot that receives gentle sunlight but avoids direct scorching heat. With proper care, your succulent terrarium will become a beautiful centerpiece or a thoughtful gift for someone special.

How to Make a Succulent Terrarium

Before I conclude, I’d like to thank EcoScraps for their incredible mission to reduce food waste by recycling and creating sustainable lawn and garden products. Their eco-friendly potting soil is perfect for this project and can be found at Target and Walmart.

Remember, gardening is an excellent way to relax and connect with nature. So why not embark on this creative project and enjoy the beauty of succulents in your own home?

Happy gardening, friends!

Ames Farm Center