How to Make a Succulent Terrarium

Terrariums are all the rage these days, especially succulent terrariums. Learn how to make your own with this step-by-step photo tutorial. Plus learn some dos and don’ts for using succuletns in terrariums!

A couple weeks ago when I got together with my sister-in-laws we had a “favorite things” birthday party. You may remember how I left their succulent gifts outside and they got severely sunburned.

The idea is every gives each person a gift that costs no more than $5 and is one of your favorite things. One of the gifts we got from my sister-in-law was this cute glass terrarium. I knew immediately what I wanted to do with it!

Learn how to make a succulent terrarium and how to keep it alive!

Last year I helped one of my sister-in-laws make a terrarium but it didn’t last very long. For this one I wanted to make sure I planted and watered it in a way that would allow it to have a long life.

Start with the Right Glass Container

The problem with the first terrarium is that the apothecary jar was so deep that water couldn’t evaporate so it ended up getting moldy inside and just didn’t look very pretty.

This terrarium though has a lot of things about it that will allow the succulents to have a nice long life. The first is that it isn’t very deep. Also, in addition to the main hole in front it has some smaller holes in the top that allow for airflow.

I believe this will be crucial as succulents need to be able to dry out between watering.

Succulent Terrarium Supplies


Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

I started by putting a little bit of soil in first. The soil I use is equal parts Turface, small pine bark shreds, and crushed rock (Here’s more about the soil). This soil drains really well so I thought it would also work well in the terrarium to prevent too much water from building up.

Succulent Terrarium Tutorial Step 1

Once the soil was in I added String of Pearls and had them hang out of the main opening.

Succulent Terrarium Tutorial Step 2

Next I added my two main succulent cuttings (I used Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’ and Sedum Adolphii), being sure to put the stems under the soil.

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I used a little bit of bakers twine to hang the terrarium up on my wall. I really like how it turned out! Originally I had planned to put more plants in there, but after playing around with it I realized that simpler was better.

If you try to fit too much in you’ll end up crowding everything and it won’t look very good.

Make your own succulent terrarium! It's fun and easy!

I sprayed inside the terrarium with a spray bottle to get all the soil wet. With succulent terrariums you have to make sure you don’t over water. The glass keeps everything trapped in and acts like a mini greenhouse so it will take longer for all the water to evaporate.

I like the design of this one because it has quite a bit of open space so I don’t think it will get too mushy or cloudy inside which is good. They also have a couple other shapes that you may like as well.

So, don’t delay! Get started on your own terrarium!


Learn how to make a succulent terrarium and how to keep it alive!
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My sister and I took a terrarium-making class just after Christmas. 2 of the 3 plants I put in mine died and I actually blame the instructor for drowning them right before we left (because it is not like me to drown things… um… except that it is). Anyway, I made a little succulent garden this past weekend and included pictures in my blog post here: The narrative of the post isn’t about them, but I wanted to share the pictures anyway (and I do apologize for blog-spamming). Your blog has been a great inspiration and I’m trying cuttings… Read more »

I have bought all the supplies to attempt to make a few succulent terrariums. Martha Stewart recommends using a layer of activated charcoal. This charcoal apparently helps with excess moisture as well as any fungus problems. I found my activated charcoal at PetSmart.

Kathy Ryan

Cassidy, I am loving your blog! I just started propagating succulents and my only project so far is a little centerpiece on my table. What kind of container do you use for your cuttings? I have mine started in cardboard box bottoms but I think the box absorbs so much water. I’ve asked my husband to build me a work bench and am thinking some kind of sheet tray-type of thing. Thoughts? Kathy Ryan