{DIY} Dollar Store Terrariums

Hey friends, and happy March. Crazy how the months seem to fly by as quickly as the weekends! Our weekend was a nice mix of lazy and productive, family time and date night, warm afternoon and freezing rain! Yep, typical Texas weather went from 80-degrees and sunny, to 20-degrees and ice storm overnight.

And how about the Oscars? Did you watch?! Lupita’s speech brought me to tears, Pink’s performance was jaw-dropping, and love that our Texas-boy Matthew McConaughey worked ‘Alright, alright, alright’ into his speech! And how does Jennifer Garner get more beautiful every year?!

Last week when I posted my DIY Marble Tray, several people asked where I found the little plant. I actually made it myself, but figured since there were so many online tutorials for DIY Terrariums, I’d skip posting it. But since I made them, and you asked, I’ll go ahead and post my version…and of course it’s a cheap one.

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In fact, I found everything but the plants at the Dollar Store.

Assorted Glass Vessels ~ I used a vase, candle-holder, and stemless wine glass
Potting Soil
Stones or Small Gravel
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Starting at the bottom, add pea gravel or stones for drainage, then a hefty layer of soil. Some people add a layer of charcoal and sand before the dirt, but that’s too many supplies for me, so I skipped it. I’ve had mine for over a month, and nothing has died yet.

Place plants inside starting with the largest, and try not to overcrowd.
Chopsticks or a dinner knife are helpful for creating small holes
in the soil for the plants or flowers. Then cover the rest of the exposed dirt with landscaping like more gravel, moss, sea glass, animal figurines, large stones or shells.

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I thought this narrow vase looked a little plain with just the one plant, so I jazzed up the container a bit with sisal rope. You know it’s almost Summer if my sisal rope obsession has already started. (Remember this bowl and these trivets?)

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I used small blobs of hot glue every few inches as I wrapped it around, to adhere the rope to both the glass and itself.

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That is some textured goodness. And the great part is, the rope will totally stay put, until the plant dies and I decide I want to use the vase for something else, in which case it will peel off easily. But who knows, maybe I won’t kill it! Yeah, that made me laugh, too. Of course I’ll kill it. Enjoy your day in the spotlight, little plant, because your days are numbered!

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I had fun accessorizing the other two with large stones we found outside, a plastic toy that got sprayed (like these), and sea glass from a beach trip.

Virtually any clear vessel will work, so don’t just stick to the gardening area. I found mine with the candles and kitchen ware.

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Hi Sugarplum | Dollar Store Terrariums

Since succulents are desert plants, I give mine very little water…just enough to dampen the soil after it’s dried out completely. And the ‘rule’ is, for every inch wide your vessel, wait that many weeks between waterings. Do you have any tips for keeping succulents alive? Have you made a terrarium? Why do I keep wanting to call them teraniums?

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  1. aw this is a cute idea and would be nice for a desk at work

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  2. pwatters wrote:

    I've gotten excited about terrariums lately, too. I made one in a big barrel jar and another in an old glass bowl. They seem to be doing fine – I even had to trim the plants back in the big one, so they must be thriving!

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  3. My stepdaughter is obsessed with terrariums. We have them all over the house. They're something even I can keep alive! 😉

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  4. Simply LKJ wrote:

    What a fun project. I love having succulents on our back porch during the summer months. Yes, Texas weather is as crazy as here…it was gorgeous and 70+ when we were there this past weekend and Kate texted us with a pic of her car covered in ice late yesterday! NUTS!!

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  5. Carrie wrote:

    I so need to do this! I love these and I also love that you can get most of the supplies at the dollar store! Score!

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  6. These are adorable!! I haven't tried succulents yet, I think I need too!

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  7. so cute!! i need to make one of these soon. xo jillian – cornflake dreams

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  8. Clever idea! I really need to hop on the succulent train!

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  9. Adorable Cassie! I've been needing some plant ideas for the window sills in my bedroom. I think I'll try this. Love your ideas as always!

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  10. I am going to take that idea of adding the twine to the bottom of a glass vase, what a fantastic idea. Your photos are gorg like always!!!

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  11. Jen B wrote:

    Love it! I'm always drawn to succulents, but they can be so overpriced. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Love these! I have been wanting to make a few of these to sprinkle around our home, I think I will put a few together now. Thanks for sharing and inspiring me to jump on the bandwagon!

    Posted 3.4.14 Reply
  13. Genius!! I've been wanting to try the terrariums! Thank you 🙂

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  14. I love this article! I've been wanting an easy, inexpensive craft activity to do on a girls' day, but I saw kits online were $15 each! I'm glad I found this.

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