DIY Three Dollar, Three Minute Terrarium

by Kira @ Her New Leaf on June 6, 2012

Terrariums are a great way to add a little green to your home, but they can be pricy! Here’s a simple way to create a terrarium for right around three dollars in only a few minutes!

You will need:

• a glass vessel – check thrift stores, garage sales, or your own cupboard
• a plant – I used a fern because they require very little care and thrive indoors
• moss – pick it up from the ground or purchase from a florist or craft store (my florist gave me some for free!)
• stones – find on the beach or purchase from a craft or dollar store

Place your plant in its plastic pot in your vessel and arrange the stones around the base. Use as many or as few as you like! You could also mix in seashells, marbles, coins, or any other small treasures.

Tear your moss into small pieces and surround the pot with it.

Arrange everything to your liking! This type of terrarium requires very little care since the vessel traps a lot of the moisture inside. Water once every 8-10 days.

Several terrariums together would make a lovely table centerpiece or add a perfect natural touch to your home.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

jaime June 6, 2012 at 6:29 am

So cute and easy!


Kira @ Her New Leaf June 6, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Definitely easy! It might be fun to have friends over and you can all make them together – the materials are very inexpensive so it would be no big deal to collect a whole bunch!


Alyssa June 6, 2012 at 7:27 am

Love this! I have a habit of over-watering my plants to the point of drowning, but I love having them in the house!


Kira @ Her New Leaf June 6, 2012 at 2:37 pm

These ferns need hardly any water so maybe you can train yourself ; )


Brianne June 6, 2012 at 11:11 am

So cute and easy. Too bad I bet my cats would knock these over behind my back.


Kira @ Her New Leaf June 6, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Grr cats are the enemy of DIY! I chose a big, heavy glass vessel, I think it would be safe from cats when placed up high. My cat is more likely to eat it than knock it over!


kjpugs June 6, 2012 at 11:28 am

I am obsessed with this! I have been wanting to plant some succulents but I am thinking a fern might be a good starter.. I have most of what I need, just like you listed. Can’t wait to give this a go! Also ps- LOVE the blog design! It looks fantastic!


Kira @ Her New Leaf June 6, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Frankly, I think succulents are hard to keep alive in terrariums – they prefer a dry environment and terrariums are often too moist for them! These ferns are really easy to keep alive, I promise!


joanne June 6, 2012 at 6:06 pm

very cute! love it, kir!


Gerri June 6, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Wonderful! I have to share this. :)


Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY June 7, 2012 at 9:11 am

Hi Kera, great project and you’re right-super easy. I’ll have to try this sometime.

Popping over from BYW2 and I look forward to seeing you in class.

Enjoy your day,



carly June 13, 2012 at 2:03 pm

love this idea cant wait to try it out! such a great blog you have here :)


Tina M June 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Ohh my goodness, I never realized how easy these would be to create! I can’t wait to make one of my own…thank you so much for the inspiriation!
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Leatha November 12, 2013 at 4:12 am

Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular post!
It’s the little changes which will make the largest changes.
Many thanks for sharing!
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