How to make a pretty (and inspiring) mason jar terrarium



If you dream of having your own little garden and cute arrangements at your windowsill, but can't seem to keep 'em alive, we feel your pain, girl. But don't give up on that green thumb just yet---we've got a totally cute terrarium that holds easy-to-care-for plants in a jar. Just gather up your fave succulents and get ready to welcome a little spring flair into your space. Here's how to create a mini lush garden in a snap. 

What you’ll need:

  • 1 large mason jar 
  • pebbles or sand (or both)
  • charcoal
  • potting soil
  • Chopsticks or fork
  • 1 pack of sheet moss (or other greenery such as ferns or succulents if you’d like)




1. To make sure your jar has no sticker glue or unwanted markings, rinse the jar with soap and warm water. If the sticker glue still remains, let the jar soak in warm soapy water for about 10 minutes, then use a cleaning cloth with a few drops of vegetable oil to gently rub off the glue. Dry the jar very well to avoid water marks.

2. Because you know we’re all about that base, it's super important to make sure you’re terrarium base is pretty (and functional). You can use anything from colorful sand (found at your local craft store), to decorative rocks or pebbles. Layer your base as you wish, about 1-2” thick. Then, add a thin layer of charcoal pieces (found at your local gardening store). This will help filter the water and prevent bad odors from developing. Finally, add about 3-4” of potting soil on top of the layers and pat down lightly. 


3. Start adding the moss by tearing pieces and begin making a single layer in the jar. If you can’t fit your hand in the jar enough to adjust the moss layer, try using a pair of chopsticks or a fork to push it down. If you’d like, you can add other plants such as small ferns or succulent plants. Get creative! 

4. Once you assemble your terrarium, water it until you see moisture hit the pebble/sand layer. Be careful not to overwater!

5. Screw the lid back on and let your terrarium sit by a window or an area that has partial sunlight. Water your terrarium every few weeks — or whenever you notice that it is drying out. Use your judgement, but every 1-2 weeks should suffice. If you start to see moisture develop inside, don’t panic it’s normal. But if the jar starts to become especially foggy, then take the lid off and let the moisture escape for about an hour. 


Do you enjoy planting and gardening things in the spring? Share with us below!   


by Adee Jakob | 2/1/2016