DIY How to make your own Terrarium*

Sometimes all a room needs is a little bit of green; although when it comes to plants, I do have a habit of killing them. I’ve had a couple of cacti before and my mum has always had to revive them – sometimes so much so they start growing to 5x their original size-. However, over the last couple of years, terrariums have been on the rise and I’ve always loved the idea of having one so I thought I’d go ahead and make my own! I’ve made sure to photograph everything and i’ve also done a step by step guide on how to make your own DIY terrarium so you guys can make your own at home!

After looking around for that perfect terrarium, I spotted this gorgeous Gold Pyramid Terrarium over at Sass and Belle. Of course, you could also use a fishbowl or any another style of terrarium however I was just in love with the gold and how beautiful it is for my instagram photos!

As for the ingredients to make a terrarium, they were a little harder to source. Most pre-made terrarium kits came up around £30-50 which I thought was a little expensive seeing as the actual terrarium doesn’t come with the kit. I managed to find a shop on Etsy called UKTerrariums that sells affordable good quality kits with everything you would need in – perfect if you don’t have the money to invest in full-sized versions of everything or perhaps you don’t want a bag of compost sitting around-. So now onto how to make your own little terrarium at home!


  • Cover the base of your terrarium with about 1-2 inches of pebbles, this will act as your drainage layer to hold excess water to avoid overwatering and drowning your plant(s).


  • Next cover the pebbles with activated carbon – just enough to cover all the pebbles underneath – this will help stop mould forming if the plant is too moist.


  • Spagham Moss is next;  spread this over the carbon evenly – this absorbs excess water ad retains it keeping the terrarium moist – less watering for me -.


  • Now you’ll want to pour the soil over the moss – make sure there’s 3-4 inches which should be enough to surround the plant – make a little well in the middle to fit in your selected plant.


  • Finally, time to plant! Dampen the soil in the pot around the plant and gently squeeze it out, then you’ll want to squish around the roots to break down the root ball making it easier to plant.
  • Fit the plant into the hole you made for it – more squeezing may be needed to fit the plant into a smaller terrarium, but remember to be gentle!
  • Make sure the position of the plant is a small distance away from the glass as it allows it to grow – although in mine there wasn’t quite enough room for my plant – add soil around the plant and pat it down.
  • If you have other plants repeat step 5.



Feel free to decorate your plant with anything you’s like – make sure it’s safe for your terrarium, for example, sticks from your garden need to be cleaned and sterilised to make sure there aren’t any bugs or bacteria that could cause damage to your plant.

Looking after your terrarium

Lightly water your terrarium every two weeks roughly – I suggest putting water into a travel spray bottle, this way the plant doesn’t get over saturated. If you see mould, rot or dead leaves make sure to remove them. You may need to trim your plant if it looks too long or is getting too big just trim down excess stems and leaves and lastly keep your terrarium away from direct sunlight and where it’s sheltered from cold, wind etc.


Let me know if you make your own terrarium by leaving a comment or tagging me in your pictures on twitter!

Anna xo

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  1. November 20, 2016 / 9:18 pm

    I saw the gorgeous Terrarium on Sass & Belle website and wanted to have go… but had no idea where to begin! They look so cute I’ll definitely give it a go now!

    Alice-Tilly |

    • FarewellMay
      November 21, 2016 / 12:52 am

      Definitely! I have to say the hardest part is finding all the ingredients like soil and charcoal etc but UKTerrariums do great ones! x

  2. Abbeylouisarose
    November 20, 2016 / 9:18 pm

    This is such an amazing DIY girl, and your photography is utterly fab 😍 Sass and Belle stock such cute stuff too, if I recreate this I’ll definitely stop by their shop for a browse!

    Abbey ✨

    • FarewellMay
      November 21, 2016 / 1:01 am

      Thank you so much lovely! Definitely give it a try, this is my first DIY and it was so easy to do! x

    • FarewellMay
      November 21, 2016 / 1:15 am

      Agreed! They make a photo look 10 x better. Do it! 🙂 x

  3. November 20, 2016 / 9:22 pm

    I always think terrariums look so pretty so might have to give this a go! Lovely post x

    • FarewellMay
      November 21, 2016 / 1:16 am

      Definitely give it a go! It’s so easy to make and looks so pretty! x

  4. November 20, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    ohh this is so cute, I think ill have to give a try! xox

    • FarewellMay
      November 21, 2016 / 1:18 am

      Make sure to send me a picture on twitter if you end up creating your own! 🙂 x

    • FarewellMay
      November 21, 2016 / 1:17 am

      Definitely! Didn’t even of think of that myself, that’s a great idea! x

  5. November 20, 2016 / 9:43 pm

    This looks fab, really professional looking! Nice job!

    • FarewellMay
      November 21, 2016 / 1:22 am

      Thankyou! x

  6. November 20, 2016 / 9:58 pm

    Ah I’m gonna save this post! Amazing! Thinking about making some of these for Christmas!

    • FarewellMay
      November 21, 2016 / 1:23 am

      Sounds amazing! Make sure you tag me on twitter if you make some of your own! 🙂 x

  7. November 20, 2016 / 10:08 pm

    I’ve always wanted to make one of these! They just look amazing and looks rather simple to create 🙂

    Kayleigh |

    • FarewellMay
      November 21, 2016 / 1:26 am

      Do it! If you do end up making one make sure you tag me on twitter so I can see your lovely photos! x

  8. November 20, 2016 / 10:26 pm

    ooooh my god I love this post so much! so creative and they look so amazing and tumblr! I will definitely try this out! x

    • FarewellMay
      November 21, 2016 / 1:26 am

      Thankyou! Make sure you tag me on twitter so I can see your lovely photos! x

  9. November 20, 2016 / 10:48 pm

    I’ve made a few of my own terrariums and I absolutely love them! Yours look adorable!


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