DIY How to Make a Terrarium at Home for Free

What is a Terrarium?

A terrarium is a glass container containing small plants growing in an enclosed environment.

Containers are usually transparent and have a wide opening, which allows the gardener to access the plants easily.

Things You Need

1. Glass Container

2. Pebbles

3. Activated charcoal

4. Soil Plants

How to Choose a Container for Terrarium

To make a beautiful terrarium, you’ll need a good transparent glass vessel. You can select it from your kitchen or you can buy it online/local store.

Also, keep in mind that the container is wide open. It will be easier for you to add plants and other decorative items.

How to Choose Plants for Terrarium

While choosing plants for a terrarium, keep in mind the size of the container.

If your container size is big, then select plants accordingly and not touching the wall of the container.

Make sure you have select the right plant for your terrarium and also give them the right environment.

We have listed some of the best terrarium plants


Nerve Plant (Fittonia)

Baby Tears (Soleirolia Soleirolii)

The Aluminum Plant (Pilea cadierei)

Air plant Tillandsia stricta

Moon Valley Pilea involucrata

Starfish plant Cypthathus bivittatus

Nerve plant Fittonia verschaffeltii var. argyoneura

Assorted succulents

Assorted cacti

How to Make a Terrarium 

Wash the container before you start DIY. Washing it remove the residue from inside which may affect the health of plants.

Glass containers will not have a hole for water to drain away, so for that, create a layer using pebbles. Adding a layer of a pebble keeps water away from plant roots.

Next, add activated charcoal on top of the pebbles. These help in drainage and odor control in container.

Now add potting soil mix. You have to add enough soil for your plant’s roots. Many home and garden store sell packed soil that is specially made for this. You can also use regular soil but make sure the soil is high in organic matter.

Start planting your plants. After planting, complete the look with decorative pebbles. Don’t overcrowd and plants not touch the sidewall.

Your terrarium is ready.

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How to Take Care of Terrarium Plants

For the success of any terrarium, Sunlight and water are two essential items.

Using a spray bottle add water in every two weeks or if the soil looks dry.

Place in a bright light area where the indirect Sunlight comes

Pull off the yellow leaf. Prune them and remove dead foliage.

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