how to make a terrarium in a jar.

my love of terrariums is still going strong, they're such a cute and simply way to bring nature indoors! i tend to associate terrariums with succulents (maybe cause they're such trendy plants?) but i've seen a few recently using more traditional plants like ferns and ivy so i wanted to make another...

indoor terrarium tutorial
simple indoor gardening ideas

i found this lovely cork glass jar which was the perfect size for mine but you could also use large clip top kilner jars or any other big glass containers too.

making a terrarium is mega easy:

1. drainage. start by adding a layer of gravel into the bottom of the container.
2. activated charcoal. sprinkle a layer over the gravel to keep odour and bacteria at bay.
3. add your soil layer. i've used regular compost but if you are planing succulents/cacti use cacti compost!
4. pop in your plants. i've used ivy and moss in this terrarium but ferns also work well. 
5. decoration, i've added a few larger pebbles around the moss for a little more detail.

how to make a simple ivy terrarium
how to make a terrarium

closed terrariums with a lid like mine don't need too much water- just a light spray with a water bottle. because they act like their own little ecosystem they tend to maintain their water- pretty snazzy!

if you have an open terrarium you'll need to water lightly each week depending on what type of plants you choose. place your terrarium in indirect sunlight to ensure they get plenty of light but not too much heat burning through the glass.

hope you try it!

back soon

caroline x

 ps. you check out my acrylic desk terrarium and succulent terrarium for more ideas too!


  1. This is such a cute yet simple diy, definitely going to make one as they cost so much in the shops! Also your photography is so stunning and clear in this post! lovely post xx

    1. thanks so much amy- that's made my day! :)

  2. This looks so cool! And it sounds like a good way to keep plants without needing to maintain them that much. Maybe I'll give it a try when I find some time.


    1. absolutely- low maintenance all the way!! hope you try making one :)

  3. This is such an amazing idea, it looks so chic too!

    Anika |

  4. Your DIY posts are always SO cool! Loved this hun xx

    1. thanks lady- ps congrats mrs b! your honeymoon snaps made me want to get on a plane asap! ;)

  5. Love this idea, cute diy x

    Millie x

    1. thanks mille- so pleased you like it! :)

  6. Definitely my favorite project of the week, I love it!


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