How To: Make a Terrarium

Terrariums have always fascinated me so when I came across this project on Pinterest, naturally, I had to share with all you Totsy fans. A terrarium is “a small enclosure or closed lid container in which selected living plants and sometimes small land animals (lizards, turtles, etc) are kept and observed”*. It’s like a piece of the forest on your desktop! Here’s an easy terrarium project that will make the perfect centerpiece for your coffee table or office desk sans live animals though. Get the kids involved and teach them about the environment!


You’ll Need:

  • A glass container – we like fishbowls
  • Cactus soil
  • Tiny succulents – check your local farmer’s market, we guarantee they will have a large variety
  • Spoon
  • Tiny decorative stones or dried navy beans


  1. Line the bottom of your container with soil; about 3-4” thick.
  2. Using a spoon, dig a hole big enough to plant your succulents then repack the soil.
  3. Do this with as many succulents as you have.
  4. Top off with a layer of stones or beans.

Be sure to water your plants several times a week!

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