DIY Oversized Terrarium

Turn an oversized glass vase into a large terrarium forest with these easy instructions. Since this is an open terrarium you can go wild with what plants you chose to include and what items you use to accessorize it! The size of this terrarium makes for a great centerpiece on a dining table. Or use this tutorial to make a small scale terrarium for a shelf or side table. They’re so quick and easy that you can make plenty more for your friends and family!

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  • Large glass vase
  • Small rocks
  • Succulents and small indoor house plants in various sizes
  • Soil
  • Moss
  • Gardening gloves
  • Spray water bottle
  • Paint brush
  • Trinkets or accessories for planter


1.Start by adding rocks to the bottom of your glass vase. Fill the vase about one quarter to one third of the way full. The rocks allow for proper drainage of the terrarium so the soil doesn’t stay too moist and the terrarium can drain well.

2.Pour in soil so that the glass vase is about half full (or the amount of soil matches the amount of rocks).

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3.Take one of the succulents out of it’s planter and loosen up the roots and soil. Dig a small hole in your soil in the vase and plant the succulent.


4.Continue planting various sizes and shapes of succulents in your vase (we used about 3 here). Add in a small amount of moss to add a little color and texture to the terrarium. This will also help soak up excess moisture.

5.Add small accessories or trinkets to your terrarium to fill in the rest of the space and personalize your little planter. Here we used a vintage flash bulb and a cute aqua plastic cat.

6.Knock off any soil from the plants and accessories with a paint brush to clean things up. Use a spray water bottle to add some moisture to the planter and to also clean off any excess soil from the glass or the plants and accessories inside.

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When your terrarium is complete, display it in an area that will receive at least 6 hours of good indirect light per day. Water weekly during spring to fall which is growing season and every couple weeks during the off season (fall to spring)!

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