DIY Project: Succulent Terrarium

With natural materials and minimalist designs remaining in vogue, the succulent terrarium will be one of the most sought-after pieces of decoration in 2019. How cool would it be to design and build your own? As it turns out, this is not too difficult. With just a few materials, a half hour, and some patience, you can make your very own succulent terrarium. Here’s what you need.



  • Glass vase, any shape. You can find these at your local craft store
  • 6 cups of cactus and succulent soil mix
  • Decorative stones and rocks
  • Mineral rocks
  • Activated charcoal
  • Succulents of your choice. Don’t choose anything over 8 or 9 cm



  1. Fill the bottom of your vase with a layer of sand, until it is about one-fifth full. Add a layer of turquoise stones to fill the vase by another one-fifth.
  2. Place a thin layer of activated charcoal over the stones, then cover with 4 cups of cactus and succulent soil mix.
  3. Arrange the turquoise mineral rocks close together in the center of the vase, leaving around two inches of a gap between them. Use the remaining soil to build a small hill around this gap. This will provide the base for the succulents to cascade downward.
  4. Unpot all your succulents and remove extra soil from their roots. Arrange the plants within the case by carefully planting each, starting from the center.
  5. Add more stones to decorate.
  6. Place your terrarium in bight, indirect light, and water your plants once every week.