DIY Smooth Wood Slices & Succulent Terrarium

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Terrariums are a great alternative for people who are looking for plants that are easy and low maintenance. These arrangements can be designed to tie in to any decor; you can use a wide variety of plants, vases, and decorative elements. In this article we will go over the elements needed to create your own terrarium.

Step 1: Selecting your Vase

You will want to find a vase that best suits your needs; it can be an open or closed terrarium. We offer a wide variety of different vases and cloches in our Terrarium Vases section. We will be featuring the Hanging Glass Terrarium in this article.

Step 2: Preparing your Terrarium

When creating your terrarium it is important that you have a base layer to provide proper drainage. Your drainage layer can be made of rocks or pebbles; we are using Lava Rock. Then, you will add a layer of potting soil; we are using Peat Moss.

Step 3: Adding your Succulents

You can add a variety of different succulents or cacti to you terrarium vase. We recommend adding different sizes and colors of plants to your vase. You will need to dig a small hole to insert the plants in the soil layer. Take succulents out of growers pots and shake loose excess soil. Add the larger plants first, then the smaller ones. Once each plant is in place, lightly press the soil around each plant to secure.

Step 4: Finishing

There are many different toppers you can add to your arrangement if you desire. In this arrangement we have topped our terrarium with Smooth Wood Slices. The other available topper components or layers include glass beads, river rocks, topper rocks, moss, and much more. To view our available topper items visit our Terrarium Essentials section.

To view complete kit, please click the link below to our Hanging Succulent Wood Terrarium Kit.

Succulent Terrarium Care

Succulents can be easily overwatered, which can lead to root rot. Water your succulents only when the soil is completely dry all the way through. Succulents need natural sunlight to stay healthy. Place in a bright location. If placed in full sunlight, watch the leaves for burning. Fertilizer can be applied if the color seems off or is too yellow.


To make your terrarium more personalized you can add figurines; please visit our Figurines section for inspiration.

Finished the Project?

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