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How to Make a Terrarium

Mar 11, 2014

by Aleksa Brown

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of upcycling here at the Etsy Blog—from highlighting the way makers give new life to sentimental objects to showing what you can do with a busted bike tube, some vintage tins or a bit of cardboard. Today we’re digging deep into our How-Tuesday archive to bring back one of our favorite spring recycling projects: how to make a terrarium.

In addition to being a simple way to put an old glass container to good use, terrariums also offer a low maintenance, high-impact way to bring the outdoors into your home or workspace. Bonus: They make a great gift! Check out the video above to see the five-step process for making your own terrarium, and click here for step-by-step directions.

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1 Featured Comment

  • MessyInspiredDesigns

    DebRAHHH from MessyInspiredDesigns said 2 years ago Featured

    I have a couple of these at home! So easy to make and take care of. They grow like crazy! Loved this video..so fun and probably the best way to show how.

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  • melaniefavreau

    Melanie Favreau from melaniefavreau said 2 years ago

    Cool! Thanks Aleksa! :)

  • agebo

    Ann Cosgrove from acbcDesign said 2 years ago

    Great idea - love it!

  • sanquicreations

    Sandra Quinn from sanquicreations said 2 years ago

    This is a fun project and looks very easy to do.

  • FieldsOfVintage

    C. Lydia from FieldsOfVintage said 2 years ago

    How lovely! Perfect item to make when you are feeling creative. Thanks!

  • Agasart

    Aga from AgasJourney said 2 years ago

    Fab and creative idea! Thanks for sharing!

  • laurastark

    Laura Stark from laurastark said 2 years ago

    Perfect timing! My daughter just asked to make one. Mama & girl crafting!

  • JewelrybyDorothy

    Dorothy from JewelrybyDorothy said 2 years ago

    Love this! Thank you!

  • chellecarmody1

    michelle from chellechet said 2 years ago

    Great idea thanks!

  • MessyInspiredDesigns

    DebRAHHH from MessyInspiredDesigns said 2 years ago Featured

    I have a couple of these at home! So easy to make and take care of. They grow like crazy! Loved this video..so fun and probably the best way to show how.

  • astronette

    Bridget Miller from astronette said 2 years ago

    Yes!!!! I've always wanted to make one of these. This is inspiring! : )

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 2 years ago

    Love this! Thank you!

  • auntjanecan

    Jane Priser from JanePriserArts said 2 years ago

    Ooooo wonderful!!!! I love doing these!

  • Sasu10 said 2 years ago

    Thanks for sharing with us.

  • LedaDesign

    Leda Design from LedaDesign said 2 years ago

    What a beautiful project! Love it!

  • gardenjewels

    Julie DeGroot from JewelsInTheGarden said 2 years ago

    I love to create indoor mini biospheres. I've been having fun with them since the 70s. Using old fish tanks, cookie jars, to large wine bottles. The possibilities are endless. Creating a unique landscape, filled with mementos from my journeys. This past summer my granddaughter and I had such a good time with our moss covered fairy garden, in a stained glass terrarium I created using recycled window glass. Good times!

  • rosebudshome

    rosebudshome from rosebudshome said 2 years ago

    Had a big plastic round bowl that was filled with plants growing up, Worked well until mold got to it. This is a great video maybe I'll try again.

  • SunflowerGlassworks

    Mary Datwyler from SunflowerGlassworks said 2 years ago

    Terrariums are fun - especially when you add miniature figures!

  • jessgreenleaf

    Jess Greenleaf from GREENLEAFblueberry said 2 years ago

    Fun idea. It's always nice to have a little bit of the outdoors inside

  • silverstudy

    Lizl from TheSilverStudy said 2 years ago

    Great tutorial, Thank you for sharing! My indoor plants don't last long, but this is so pretty I might just reconsider and give it a try :)

  • wendymoynihandesigns

    Wendy Moynihan from wendymoynihandesigns said 2 years ago

    Thanks for the video. My kids and I like making them with some of their found objects and "special" rocks they always bring home. We have a few small ones we made in our house. I'm ready to make a larger one.

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 2 years ago

    Great! Timely.

  • SaffronDaisy

    SaffronDaisy said 2 years ago

    Enjoy tutorial love terriums but never get them quite right you've inspired me to try again

  • Plastidermy

    Chris Evans from Plastidermy said 2 years ago

    Fantastic! throw a little dino in there and you got yourself a little Jurassic park :)

  • TheNorthWayStudio

    Maria S. from TheNorthWayStudio said 2 years ago

    Oh gosh, those are adorable! Thanks so much for the great tutorial!!

  • seasidecloth

    seasidecloth from seasidecloth said 2 years ago

    These are great gift ideas for Spring !

  • MyChouchou

    MyChouchou from MyChouChou said 2 years ago

    Perfect timing! Spring has arrived Georgia and I was just today looking into which seeds and plants to get : ) There is nothing better than getting your hands dirty planting something! Thank you for sharing!

  • haruaki

    Tiffany Key from resinjewelryHARUAKI said 2 years ago

    My kids love making them too! Though more often than not they add an anole, a little "surprise" element for me to find. ;) Thanks for sharing!

  • hmmills

    Helen Mills from 1820BagCo said 2 years ago

    How cool, add a few succulent plant and just like that, a thing a beauty.

  • clarekapin

    Clare and Richard Kapin from VarietyArtworks said 2 years ago

    Oh my god, I love this. SO awesome!

  • beadstylin

    beadstylin from beadstylin said 2 years ago

    I've made these, and the only ones that survive are the ones with a cover on them. The rest always dried out. They are fun to make with the kids.

  • vintagejane

    Stacey from vintagejane said 2 years ago

    LOVE these! Love succulents!

  • debvasbinder

    Deb Vasbinder from BabyCuteBaby said 2 years ago

    What fun to make and really great to look at- Makes a great gift too!

  • kattaime

    Elizabeth from AtolyeMetiista said 2 years ago

    I have been meaning to try this out for a while. I really love the look and they seem super-easy to maintain. Thanks for the how-to video!

  • aSmaOriGinal

    Asma from AsmaOriginal said 2 years ago

    Great idea! All the supplies are available on Etsy which makes it every easier to make. There are wonderful terrarium supply shops I always admired their nature sense.

  • mossloveterrariums said 2 years ago

    Thank you for featuring my Moss Terrarium DIY Kit in "related items" - great video! :)

  • GoldenSpiralDesigns

    Lola Ocian from GoldenSpiralDesigns said 2 years ago

    Crystals are awesome in terrariums too. They really add some magic. :) Check out HoundsofApollo for some neat hand-gathered and eco-friendly crystals!

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 2 years ago

    I love terrariums. :)

  • DelilahsAttic

    Madeleine Keller from ThoseGoodVibrations said 2 years ago

    oh my gosh what an awesome DIY! I totally want to make one of these for my room!

  • ArtisanSoapInVegas

    Cristy Ramos from ArtisanBathandBody said 2 years ago

    Wonderful! Love this! Thank you so much!!!

  • ermaborja said 2 years ago

    Great video showing how easy it is to make a beautiful terrarium. Thank you so much for featuring my lichen covered twigs under "Related Items" :)

  • kmacdonald5

    Karin M. from EchoesOfEla said 2 years ago

    I am itching to try making one or several. I love plants, but after losing the battle to dirt scattering kids hands I put my dreams of lush greenery inside the house on hold. What a cool way to kick start Spring indoors!

  • dominna

    Katrina Dzerkale from Dominna said 2 years ago

    This is so amazing !

  • moczan22

    Maryssa Moczan from MaryssaMoczanStudios said 2 years ago

    Great simple tutorial.

  • LieneKikuteDesigns

    Liene from SilkArtbyLiene said 2 years ago

    O cool one more thing to do I love it

  • firecat

    firecat from firecat said 2 years ago

    Best way to have some Sring indoors. One time I collected some ferns and moss out side and hatched a grasshopper "pet".

  • ChattyArtist said 2 years ago

    Succulents are very bad choices for terrariums. First, the excess moisture will rot the succulent. Secondly these plants need very bright light and most often that means full sun. Putting a cactus or succulent under glass in full sun will also kill the plant. Thirdly, the lack of air circulation will also promote pests.

  • TheGlowingSkin

    TheGlowingSkin from TheGlowingSkin said 2 years ago

    I grow cactus year round but everything else inside the house seems to meet its demise. Will try this new thing- what a reader said about bringing spring indoors. The pictures make it so tempting.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 2 years ago

    Wonderful project! Thanks for sharing!

  • Dogdohr

    Joanne Dohr from Dogdohr said 2 years ago

    I so want to do this at my new office!

  • terrariooms

    Julianne Luopa from terrariooms said 2 years ago

    With a little imagination, you can create your own little unique world with a terrarium. Even the green thumb impaired will usually have success with them!

  • verremer said 2 years ago

    My daughter made one, it's fun project to make with kids!

  • gracedmoments

    Sue Taylor-Davidson from gracedmoments said 2 years ago

    Beautiful, cheery music...delightful!

  • Fiume

    Erin O'Rourke from Aruguletta said 2 years ago

    I've had making a terrarium on my to-do list for over a year, after getting a book for christmas...two christmases ago. I'm just afraid the plants will die & I'll have a rotting bowl of debris.

  • vintagegirldezigns

    vintagegirldezigns said 2 years ago

    I've been wanting to make my own terrarium for a while now and this has motivated me to finally do it! Nice presentation and looks easy enough for anyone to do.

  • xZOUix

    Zoui from XZOUIX said 2 years ago

    oh, terrariums! i like these little living worlds :::-)

  • genisepark

    Genise Park from genisepark said 2 years ago

    wow, I think that I can do this!!! Thank-you.

  • soberwear

    Maria Barscewski from soberwear said 2 years ago

    Thanks, great info and looks easy to do and maintain.

  • RockArtiste

    Rock Artiste from RockArtiste said 2 years ago

    Step 7: Install one of my miniature Koi ponds and one of my miniature rock animals or miniature rock flowers painted especially tiny for the terrarium. Very nice!

  • scrapbuknTI said 2 years ago

    thanks. How fun

  • hollyjohnson35mm said 2 years ago

    I've wanted to make a terrarium for some time now, and seeing this post gave me the extra kick in the butt. I saw this post today while drinking my morning coffee. It was such a nice day outside that I decided to make my terrarium! It's got African Violets, a Zebra Succulent, a Purple Velvet plant, and a tiny Legolas figurine (to guard it of course). Thanks for the inspiration and how to video. This project was so fun!

  • TheJoyofColor

    Yael Berger from TheJoyofColor said 2 years ago

    so easy ? have to do it thanks for the brilliant Video

  • shehawk1 said 2 years ago

    love it! :) thanks for sharing

  • dirtyragged

    d i r t y r a g g e d from dirtyragged said 2 years ago

    Terrariums are such a blast to make and watching the little beauties grow is even better! <3 Good luck everyone!!

  • korenkwan

    Koren Kwan from GarasuWonderland said 1 year ago

    lovely ideas!

  • terrariumplants

    Terrarium Plants said 1 year ago

    Love it!

  • corydoras2

    Christian Jakobsen from Scandicreations said 210 days ago

    Super blog here. I would be happy if you go and look at my new blog about vivarium and terrarium decor here; http://corydoras2.blog.com/ I have some good ideas for you about natural decor in a terrarium or vivarium

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