3 DIY Terrarium Ideas

October 14, 2016 | DIY & Home Improvement | Decor

A guest post by A Better Florist

Terrariums have been an increasingly popular home accent for quite a while now. Everyone has at least one in their home which is usually store-bought. But if you do not wish to spend money and looking to add a personal touch to your home, you can make one easily. It’s really not rocket science. Here are three ideas we love and would love to see hanging around our house (one hangs literally).

1. Magnetic Terrarium


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We are absolutely head over heels for this idea. It’s delicate and beautiful and can be placed in the most unusual places of all due to the magnetic tins. But let’s cut the chit-chat and see how you can make this at home.


You Will Need:

  • Magnetic metal tins
  • Glue
  • Painter’s tape
  • Dremel tool
  • Spray paint
  • Moss
  • Succulents, cacti or air plants
  • Gravel

How to Make It:

  • Cover the tin with painter’s tape before you spray the inside. It can be a colour of your choice, but for this particular one we suggest you spray several coats of solid white colour.
  • Move the acrylic top from all containers by using your fingertips to pop them off. All it takes is a little pressure.
  • Measure a shape that you want, in this case a diameter and use your Dremel tool to slice the lid in half. Make sure to sand the edges so they are not too sharp.
  • After your tins have dried, wash them and close them with lids. Add some gravel, moss and the plant of your choice. Voila! Your first, very own DIY terrarium.

3. Lamp Terrarium


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Why do we like it? Because it can be placed in just about any room as a lamp, and makes for such authentic decor. It’s modern yet with a splash of nature, which really works well if you’re nature inspired when it comes to your home decor.

You Will Need:

  • A lampkit
  • Glass container
  • Decorative material (rocks, moss, charcoal, soil, succulents)

How to Make It:

  • Grab a glass container, clean it and make sure it’s completely dry and empty.
  • Purchase a lamp kit, which is available in most hardware stores or online on Amazon or Ebay. You want to use a low heat light source for the lamp. After you’ve assembled the lamp kit, glue it to the base of the lid of your container. Add the lamp shade.
  • Arrange your rocks, soil and plants of your choice. Have as much fun with it as you can. It’s all up to you.

3. Ornament Terrarium


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Christmas will be around the corner as soon as you know it, and this makes for a great gift idea or a decoration piece that you can make yourself to add a little green flavour to your home.

You Will Need:

  • Reusable glass ornament
  • Tweezers
  • Chain or string
  • A ribbon
  • Soil
  • Moss, plants or twigs (ask your online florist what the best choices are)

How to Make It:

  • Almost every top of glass orbs can be popped off. After you do this place dirt and greenery inside of your orb using tweezers.
  • Once you completely decorate the inside of your ornament, put the top back on.
  • Attach the decorative chain to have something your ornament is going to hang from, and attach the ribbon so it looks especially festive.

And there you have it! Three very easy to make, fast ideas for DIY terrariums that are going to make your space look more bright, and also serve as authentic and cute gifts. Have you got any original ideas of your own? Please share!