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Plant Art: How to Make a Terrarium?

Plant Art: How to Make a Terrarium?

Terrarium is a tiny living garden that can add beauty to your tiny spaces. Terrariums are practical for small spaces. You can use glass jars, recycled mason jars or a glass container for making a terrarium.

Plant Art: How to Make a Terrarium?

Did You Know? Terrariums help in reducing stress and anxiety, lift mood and boost creativity.

The things that you would need for making a Terrarium are:

  • Charcoal
  • Garden Soil
  • Pebbles
  • Glass containers
  • Plants
  • Crushed pebbles/Fine sand
  • Some decorative material
  • Syringe
  • Paint brush or tooth brush

Let’s get started

Step 1: The first layer in a terrarium is that of pebbles.

Step 2: Charcoal (Try to make the level even with the help of a spoon or stick). Charcoal helps in absorbing extra moisture in the terrarium. Charcoal also ensures that your terrarium doesn’t smell bad.

Terrariums help in reducing stress and anxiety

Step 3: Garden Soil. The Soil chosen for the terrarium must not be prone to retaining moisture.

Step 4: Plants of your choice need to be planted inside the garden soil. Use odd number of plants (1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and so on) in a terrarium because that looks more pleasant to one’s eyes. Try to use cacti and hardy succulents like Jade instead of expensive or difficult to maintain succulents specially as a beginner.

Step 5: Add some crushed pebbles or sand as the top layer of the terrarium. We recommend using crushed pebbles instead of fine sand because the sand tends to mix very easily with soil.

Step 6: Add some decorations like miniature figurines or hand made decorations.

Step 7: Use a paint brush or tooth brush to brush off any mud or sand from plants or decorations.

Step 8: Use the syringe to water the plants in your terrarium. Water once in 15 days only.

The best time for starting a terrarium is Winter. The months of October, November, December are the best for making terrariums. A well-maintained terrarium can last a year without the need for repotting or replacing the plants.

Here’s a Tip: You can use terrariums as housewarming or birthday presents. Make personalized tags to go with the terrariums.

Chetna Bhalla

Chetna Bhalla, founder of She believes that by sharing knowledge and ideas, one can make this world a better place. Chetna is also a founder at, a favorite website in the Tech world. She believes that it is the need of the times to connect with nature. She is very passionate about the idea of living close to nature. Chetna co-founded this website along with her husband Ashish and son Vihaan during the COVID-19 Pandemic to inculcate a love for life and to provide ideas to engage kids productively. She wants to create a brigade of green ambassadors who are future-ready and understand the importance of cooking from fresh produce. Please connect with her via comments on the website.

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