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DIY Terrarium for Spring with Live Plants

What do you do when the ground is still frozen outside, but you can’t wait  to get your hands dirty in the garden?  Why not bring the garden indoors and make a DIY terrarium for spring.   Here is everything I used to put together a mini indoor spring oasis from the cold outside!

Supplies to Make a DIY Terrarium for Spring - Hymns and Verses


supplies for a diy terrarium

You will need a large glass container with an opening to prevent condensation.  Once you have your container, make sure you choose plants that are size appropriate for the container.  Since fairy gardens are so popular, I found it quite easy to find miniature plants for my terrarium.  The mini orchid was the first thing I chose and then my secondary plants were chosen to compliment the orchid.


DIY Terrarium for Spring with Mini Orchid and Small Plants - Hymns and Verses

First, begin with a layer of gravel for good drainage.  I used the dark brown gravel at the base.  Then, I added about 1 inch of soil.  The soil should be 1 part sand and 2 parts potting soil.  Next, I added a layer of the lighter colored stones around the edge of the glass.

Spring DIY Terrarium with Mini Orchid - Hymns and Verses

Now, it’s time to get your hands dirty and start placing the plants inside the glass container.  I wanted the orchid to be in the center, so I used my fingers to make a small hole in the soil and put the orchid in place.  Don’t worry at this point that you don’t have enough soil.  After you place all the plants, more soil can be added as needed.  I kept the taller fern to the back and then just placed the other plants around the orchid with the moss and baby tears up front.  Then, I used one of the mini plant containers from the nursery to add soil around the plants where needed.

Spring Mini Orchid Terrarium on Tin Cakestand and Grapevine - Hymns and Verses


Creative Display

A tin cake stand elevates the terrarium and I placed a I placed a Dollar Tree grapevine wreath at the base.  Then, I added some faux vines to wrap up and around the terrarium.  I had a baby angel’s tears plant leftover and planted it in a vintage ironstone teacup and placed it under a small cloche.

DIY Terrarium Vignette with Rabbit and Cloche for Spring - Hymns and Verses

This DIY terrarium was easy to make and relatively inexpensive!  It would be a fun project to make with kids too.  I placed it on my library table in the living room, which sits between two windows, so it should get plenty of sun!  For watering, I’ll use a spray bottle to mist it every couple days.

Make a DIY Spring Terrarium - Hymns and Verses


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Jean C Andrews

Friday 26th of February 2021

I love terrarriums! I have made them from plants in my yard. Doesnt cost a cent! When Isay plants from my yard, I mean in their natural enviroment. They did good too. After I make my terrarium. I mist them You cant water them because if you do, it will cause mildew. I also put a top on it. This keeps the plants naturally watered and I never have to water them! I have also made a terrarium from plants I buy from the nursery. They also did good. Just make sure you buy plants that are suitable for a terrarium.

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Tuesday 8th of March 2016

Oh my goodness! This is so pretty. I often see those little mini plants in the store and always overlook them. I love that you have it on a cake stand too. Very nice!