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Easy to Make a Terrarium with Succulent Plants Tutorial

Succulent terrarium
Trisha Sprouse

Bring the outdoors inside with a beautiful succulent terrarium. They bring an earthy element to your space and don't need a lot of maintenance. (Hooray for those without green thumbs!) Use them as living centerpieces, style them on bookshelves or end tables, or place them on your patio -- they're extremely versatile.

Things You'll Need:

  • Glass container with wide opening
  • Pebbles
  • Activated charcoal
  • Cactus potting soil 
  • Succulents
  • Moss
  • Small trinkets or ornaments (optional)
  • Clean fine-tip paintbrush

Tip: Be sure to choose a container that is open at the top versus a closed container to prevent moisture from building up. Succulents grow naturally in dry climates.

  • Bring the outdoors inside with a beautiful succulent terrarium.
  • They bring an earthy element to your space and don't need a lot of maintenance.
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Succulent terrarium
Trisha Sprouse

Step 1

Place a 1/2-inch layer of pebbles at the bottom of the container. The pebbles create drainage for the terrarium.

Layer of pebbles on bottom of terrarium
Trisha Sprouse

Step 2

Spoon a 1/4-inch layer of activated charcoal on top of the pebbles. The charcoal purifies the air inside the terrarium.

Layer of activated charcoal in terrarium
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Step 3

Add a generous layer of potting soil on top of the charcoal. The soil layer needs to be deep enough to plant the roots of the succulents in it. Tip: You'll want to use a sandy potting soil; look for one labeled "cactus."

  • Place a 1/2-inch layer of pebbles at the bottom of the container.
  • Add a generous layer of potting soil on top of the charcoal.
Adding soil to terrarium
Trisha Sprouse

Step 4

Remove the succulents from their pots and loosen the roots on each plant.

Removing succulent from pot
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Step 5

Create wells in the potting soil and plant a succulent in each well. Taller plants work best in the back, while shorter plants work better in the front. You might want to place the succulents on top of the soil before planting them to play around with your configuration first.

Planting succulents in terrarium
Trisha Sprouse

Step 6

Place moss around the succulents to fill in any empty spaces and also add volume and texture to the arrangement.

Adding moss to terrarium
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Step 7 (Optional)

Decorate your terrarium with a few trinkets such as rock crystals, driftwood, tiny figurines, colored sand or more pebbles.

Decorating terrarium with pink crystals
Trisha Sprouse

Step 8

Dust off any dirt from the succulents and trinkets with a clean fine-tip paintbrush.

  • Remove the succulents from their pots and loosen the roots on each plant.
  • Place moss around the succulents to fill in any empty spaces and also add volume and texture to the arrangement.
Dusting dirt off succulents
Trisha Sprouse

Step 9

Place your terrarium in a location that gets plenty of sunlight and mist the succulents once a week with water, or when the soil looks dry. Be sure not to overwater it, though.

Succulent terrarium on table in front of window
Trisha Sprouse
Succulent terrarium
Trisha Sprouse
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