DIY Mini Desktop Succulent Terrarium

May 23, 2016

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DIY Mini Desktop Succulent Terrarium

I keep joking that my neighbor and I have a friendly competition going on to see who can buy the most flowers and plants for their yard.  I’m pretty sure she’s beaten me by a longshot, but I’ve done my fair share of plant shopping these past few weeks.  It’s kind of surprising that we haven’t bumped into each other yet at one of the local greenhouses!

While I was rearranging my fairy garden (for the third time), I decided to make it an all succulent garden.  I picked up a couple succulents from a local greenhouse and ordered a set of six plants from Darby Smart.  I only needed four out of those six succulents to finish off my fairy garden.  That left me with two extra plants.  So I decided to turn them into a terrarium.

I basically have a whole draw dedicated to terrarium crafts now (not kidding!), so I dug in there to find something to build my terrarium in.  I had a plastic bowl that I didn’t use in another project.  It’s small, but so are the succulents.  I used the bowl to make a mini desktop terrarium.  It’s perfect to keep outside on the deck or inside to fill some space on a shelf!  And because succulents are super, low-maintenance, you can just admire their beauty without having to do too much to keep them happy!

DIY Mini Desktop Succulent Terrarium


  • 2 small succulents
  • 18 oz. plastic bowl
  • White sand
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Potting soil
  • Small rocks or gravel


  1. Begin making your terrarium by adding a layer of sand to the bottom of the plastic bowl.
  2. Then, add a thin layer of rocks.
  3. Layer some sphagmun moss on top of the rocks.
  4. Add potting soil on top of the moss.
  5. Then, plant your succulents.
  6. Finish off your terrarium by adding another layer of rocks.
  7. Grow, baby, grow! 

DIY Mini Desktop Succulent Terrarium

The plastic bowl seems to keep the terrarium nice and humid, so don’t go overboard with your first watering.  The nice part of building terrariums in clear containers is the ability to see when your plants are looking a little dry.  If you’re keeping your terrarium outside, I recommend bringing it in when there’s rain in the forecast so they won’t get oversaturated. With those tips, you should have a healthy, little terrarium to add some charm to your home or deck!


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