While I like to think I can grow anything that strikes me, the reality is I’ve been known to think my plants can survive without water (…..for weeks). Naturally, succulents and I are a good match. Low maintenance and pretty, I love succulents so much and use them frequently for DIY projects. I have them tucked throughout my home because they look great and are (almost) kill proof.
For as much as I love succulents I’ve always been reluctant to try making terrariums. About a year ago I found this awesome globe and knew immediately I had to make it a terrarium. I’m not exactly sure why but it always seemed difficult and that it would require too many supplies that I never seemed to have handy. When I finally took the plunge, I was really pleased with how fun and simple it actually was! Thankfully I stumbled across this guide from West Elm that answered a lot of the questions that I had starting out. I was pleasantly surprised that it really did not require much at all and was incredibly easy to put together.
I have a couple baby showers and other events coming up soon that I plan to make smaller versions of this terrarium for. To help streamline the process I’ve put together 5 simple steps to make this fun project again and again. Shoot, this would even make a unique group activity for your next party that guests are sure to remember! From seed packet party favors to floral crowns and terrariums, I’m all about incorporating plants into events to add a level of fun and surprise.
5 Step Kid-Friendly Succulent Terrarium
Step 1 – Gather
To begin the tabletop terrarium you’ll need to gather an assortment of supplies.
- You’ll need the vessel of your choice. Here is a similar option.
- plants you have chosen
- potting soil
- any other elements you would like included
Some guides include active charcoal and others do not. It’s highly recommended you use the charcoal to avoid bugs and additional moisture.
For this terrarium, I used rocks collected by my grandmother and some wine corks from special occasions in my life. Not only does it add a unique decorative aspect but it personalizes the project in a very special way. Thinking about adding this as an activity to your next event? This is the perfect way to personalize for your friends.
Step 2 – Arrange
For this step, you’ll decide where you would like each plant to go and set the base of the terrarium. Start with a layer of rock in the bottom and then cover with the soil. If you are using charcoal you would place it on top of the soil and then put another layer of rock on top of that.
Step 3 – Plant
Next comes the tricky part if you’re using a globe similar to mine. Very delicately start to plant the succulents in the soil. If you have tongs or tweezers that can help a lot because it does get tricky to maneuver around. Once you’ve got your plants in place add a layer of rocks and place your moss accordingly.
Step 4 – Decorate
This is the really fun part! I encourage you to get creative. I included this adorable little dog figurine because I love that it gives a playful aspect to the terrarium. I also loved how the corks ended up looking.
Step 5 – Decorate Your Space
Okay so really, it’s only about 4 steps to complete this project. I hope you’ll place this terrarium in your home or office and find that it brings you joy each time you look at it. I really enjoyed seeing how mine matured. Simply water every so often and you’re good to go!
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