How To Create A Terrarium of Your Dreams

Why did I Write This Guide?

Welcome to How to Create a Terrarium! I built this site because I wanted to give my readers the most extensive and detailed guide to making a terrarium on the internet. Period. This website is packed with all the information you could ever need for planning and designing your terrarium, picking the best plants, assembling your DIY terrarium, and maintaining it for years of joy. I also address some common questions including how much does it cost to make a terrarium.

Who is This Guide for?

If you’ve ever thought of making a terrarium, but weren’t sure where to start – this site is for you! If you’ve experimented with terrariums, but want to take them to the next level, this guide is also for you! Basically, this guide is for anyone who is interested in undertaking a fun, quick, inexpensive DIY project. If you’re still on the fence, check out the Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Make a Terrarium. This guide provides you with dozens of tips building your terrarium, cool terrarium ideas, and ultimately displaying it. Don’t be stressed, anyone can learn how to create a terrarium.

About This Guide for How to Create a Terrarium

This guide for how to create a terrarium is broken in to six sections. You can read them in order, or skip to a specific section if you’d like. They also include links to other articles that I’ve written on terrariums which may offer EVEN more depth.

Learn how to create a terrarium like one of these!

Learn how to create a terrarium like one of these!


The sections are:

So jump in and enjoy!

1. What is a Terrarium

A terrarium is a form of indoor garden grown within a glass container. Because it’s a mini indoor garden, it requires minimal maintenance (in contrast to outdoor gardens). That’s why many people find it a perfect option for indoor gardening. In fact, a terrarium is perfect for low light indoor plants!

These small glass container gardens will certainly add a bit of greenery and outdoor beauty to your cozy living space.

Here is a video I made with a brief overview of the process!

2. Why Build a Homemade Terrarium?

Hopefully you’re already thinking about building a terrarium (otherwise, why would you be reading this?), but here are some great reasons to get started today. If you need even more convincing, check out 10 Reasons to Make a Terrarium Today!

Building a DIY Terrarium can be fun!

Building a homemade terrarium is so much easier than you think. You don’t have to spend a lot of time or money to build a terrarium at home.

It’s an easy way of apartment gardening:

Many of us want to create an indoor garden, but there is always the difficulty of finding enough space in apartments to grow the plants. Terrarium indoor gardens will not only add beauty to your small home space, but also require minimal space and maintenance. You can grown a variety of plants in a terrarium and place them in living room, dining area, or wherever you want. And once you learn how to create a terrarium, you can also make terrariums to bring to your office!

Terrariums are great for apartment gardening

Terrariums are great for apartment gardening even in small places like this

It’s like a miniature garden with half the fuss:

Growing a plant normally means you will have to spend a lot of time on fertilizing, mowing, pruning, and watering it everyday. In contrast, a terrarium doesn’t need require nearly so much maintenance. It’s totally the best option for indoor gardening because of its fuss-free maintenance.

Anyone can Learn How to Create a Terrarium – It’s basically gardening for dummies:

Don’t have a green thumb? No problem! Even those with minimal knowledge about gardening can build their own homemade terrarium.

It’s great to make a terrarium for kids!

Also, everyone in your family can enjoy learning how to create a terrarium, the perfect activity to create a green environment indoors. In fact, it’s a great way to introduce your kids to gardening. Plus, they’re not going to come in covered in dirt!

3. Picking the best Terrarium Plants

Picking the right plant is important if you are proceeding with your homemade terrarium building project. You need to always make sure that you choose some small and shade loving plants.

Succulent Terrarium:

Succulents are perfect choices for terrarium. These plants need minimal water, fertilizer, and light for their growth. For a detailed guide to succulent ideas.

Cacti and Succulents are both beautiful and great for  terrariums!

Cacti and Succulents are both beautiful and great for terrariums!

Cactus Terrarium

Succulents and cactus terrariums go well together. So another great choice for terrarium plants are the cactus varieties. These plants can grow in scarce conditions like high humidity and minimal water in soil. These are the lowest of the low maintenance terrariums.

If you’re feeling really bold, you can go for the black jungle terrarium look: the newest trend in terrarium building is this black jungle look. Just like the amphibian habitat setting, you can choose some small, succulent, and dark colored plants for growing them in terrariums.

Moss Terrarium

These are the more traditional types of terrarium, for good reason. Of course, moss plants are perfect for terrariums as they require minimal maintenance to grow inside a closed vessel. Plus they look so beautifully green and lush.

Moss terrariums bring a lush, vibrant green to any room! They are essential in how to create a terrarium.

Moss terrariums bring a lush, vibrant green to any room! They are essential.

Other cool terrarium ideas:

Furthermore, there are many other cool terrarium ideas that you can consider. I am working to develop lesson on how to create a terrarium unique to each of these types. For example:

(A) Twig Terrariums: Twigs can add a cool architectural element to terrariums, but you need to be careful and do your research. Using twigs for terrariums is possible only if you choose a resistant plant variety.

(B) Air Plant Terrariums: Epiphytes and air plants have best adaptation strategies to survive in rainforest-like conditions. Because they are so maintain, they are a great choice for terrariums, especially enclosed ones.

(C) Carnivorous Plant Terrariums: Even though pitcher plants are the most well-known carnivore plant varieties, they are not fit for terrarium gardening. Instead, you choose Nepenthes, Butterworts and Sundews. For more information on carnivorous plant terrariums, click here.

Carnivorous plant terrariums make a great conversation piece!

Carnivorous plant terrariums make a great conversation piece!

(D) Orchid Terrariums: Both epiphytic and jewel orchids can be grown in terrariums. These plants do well under low light, high humidity, and minimal water conditions. However, anyone who’s ever tried to grow an orchid knows how difficult these can be to keep alive.

Orchid terrariums can bring warmth and color into any room

Orchid terrariums can bring warmth and color into any room

(E) Mushroom Terrariums: Mushroom terrariums are growing more and more popular these days because of their attractive aesthetic look. You will find glow-in-dark, cluster, colorful, and printed varieties of mushrooms for your terrariums. They can really bring a unique look to your home.

Mushrooms come in a variety of unique colors

Mushrooms come in a variety of unique colors

Are you starting to feel your creative juices flowing yet? Ready to continue learning how to create a terrarium?

Continue reading more about how to create a terrarium of your dreams in Part 2.

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