Terrariums make perfect gifts, even last-minute. These mini gardens are incredibly easy to put together using just a handful of materials, and you can make several at once to gift to moms, teachers, friends, family or keep for yourself.
You’ll be amazed at how little time terrariums take. You don’t even need to remove the plants from their pots, which simplifies the process. It also makes it easy to get kids involved the next time they’re home from school or stuck indoors.
Because terrariums are compact, they work well in small spaces.
- Terrarium (several if you’re doing multiple gifts)
- Rocks or pebbles
- Decorative sand
- Plants such as succulents, cacti, mini tropical plants and ferns
- Optional: Gems
1. Pour in sand
Get your terrarium started by pouring in decorative sand. The sand helps the succulent stand out in the terrarium.
Fill the pyramid with about 2/3 of a 5-pound bag.
2. Arrange plants
Take the succulents in their nursery pots and arrange them one-by-one inside the terrarium.
Push the nursery pots down into the sand. When all the plants are added, add a small layer of sand on top to level with the rims of the pots.
3. Add decorative touches
Add river rocks or pebbles. You could also try other decorative stones, including colored sea glass.
If you’re making several terrariums, you can vary the look. Try terrariums in unique shapes, then place decorative materials inside.
The geometric terrarium above features white pebbles and mystical sea glass.
A terrarium acts like a miniature greenhouse, creating an oasis for the plants. The water will condense on the sides and if enclosed, it will drip back onto the plants.
Create cool angles with your decorative sand for a more modern look. If your terrarium has a cover, remove it once a month to let in fresh air.
Water only when the plants and soil look dry. If your terrarium doesn’t have a top, water when needed. Note: if you use succulents, remember that they come from hot, arid climates, so don’t overwater.
Terrariums can hang just about anywhere, so long as the terrarium sits away from direct light since the sun will burn the plants through the glass.