Maybe it’s the fact that succulents are everywhere nowadays, but I cannot get enough of them. These little cuties truly put a smile on my face – especially when seeing all of the creative ways to incorporate them into everyday living spaces. 

I’ve never really been a “plant person” – (whatever that means), but I’ve come to realize how uplifting it can feel when you add some fresh life into your home. My roommate bought a variety of plants about a month ago, and she inspired me to build my own terrarium. Think of these little succulents as super low maintenance pets, and you’ll realize that you can never have too many of them. 

You can find pre made terrariums at many plant stores or novelty shops, but they can be a bit pricy – typically ranging from $35-$100, depending on size. Although the models are all super neat and unique, it’s actually really easy to make your own at home as an alternative. By purchasing your own supplies, you will be able to build a bigger terrarium for the same cost as a smaller pre constructed version – plus, it will contain all of your favourite things. 

I recommend starting with a basic sketch, list, or at least a mental vision for how you’d like your terrarium to appear in the end. This vision should include: the container, decor, colours, and succulent species. Although it’s totally fine to mix different kinds of plants inside, you will want to make sure that all of the succulents follow similar care instructions. This is important because it will help to extend the life of your succulents, and keep them much happier in their new home. 

Terrariums really complete an indoor space, and they make perfect gifts. They’re long lasting, full of life, constantly evolving, fun to look at, and easy to care for. 

I’m including a list below for the materials that I used, and their prices. I ended up making two terrariums, so I split the cost in half. My local Walmart had a lot of the decor materials, and I found a plant shop in Toronto that had every variety of succulent imaginable. 

I’m sure you will find this activity truly relaxing, and rewarding. Have fun, and let your creativity thrive!

Building Materials

Glass Container – $10

Sand or Finely Ground Rocks – $4

Decorative Stones – $4

Animal Figurines – $2

Soil – $2

Succulents – $25


1) Wash your glass container with water, and allow it to air dry. Prepare your workspace with with foil, or parchment paper. 

2) Fill the bottom of the glass container with the sand or finely ground rocks. Ensure that it is at least 1-2 inches deep in the bottom. Shift the contain back and forth so that it forms an even base. This first step will ensure that extra moister gets pulled down to the bottom, and will avoid the succulent roots sitting in damp soil – most of these species prefer a dry climate. 

3) Next, spoon the soil into the container. Once you are happy with the depth, use your fingers to make deep holes for the succulents to fit. Remove the plants from their pots, shake off any excess dirt, and push them gently into the soil holes. Use your fingers to press the soil in and around them until they feel secure. 

4) Once all of the succulents have been planted, begin placing the decorative rocks on top of the soil, and around the plant bases. When you are happy with the placement, use your fingers to press the stones down securely into the soil. 

5) Finally, add in your animal figurine(s). I used a red octopus to contrast with the green plants and beige stones. 

6) Keep your terrarium in spot that gets plenty of direct sunlight. Water the terrarium on a weekly basis, and make sure that each plant gets an even amount. If too much water is added, the excess will pull to the bottom of the container to protect the roots. The soil will appear moist against the glass until more water is needed. If you have a water spray bottle, feel free to use that as a weekly mist application instead. 

Welcome to plant paradise! 

Published by Tasha Blake