How to make your own Cactus & Succulent Terrarium

How to make your own Cactus & Succulent Terrarium

I love cacti and succulents and as my ever growing collection took up so much space I decided to do another Cactus & Succulent Terrarium. You will see it’s dead easy and done in no time! The cool thing is you can use whatever cacti and succulents you want and even vary with your glass terrariums. Let your creativity free and let’s make our own Cactus & Succulent Terrarium.

Cactus & Succulent Terrarium

All you need is some turf (I opted for a special one tailored to cactus and succulents), a glass bowl or container, some stones and of course your plants! 

So let’s start with making your own Cactus & Succulent Terrarium. Add some turf o your glass bowl. I filled about one-third of my bowl with it. Then take your cacti and succulents and place them (still in their containers) in your bowl. This way you can move them around and rearrange them until your happy with how it looks.

Now it’s time to get digging. Make your first hole (you can use your fingers or like me resort to a spoon). Then gently remove the plastic cup from your succulent and place it (the plant) in your hole. Cove any empty space with some additional turf and move on to placing your next cactus. Repeat this steps until you planted all your greens.

How to make your own Cactus & Succulent Terrarium

How to make your own Cactus & Succulent Terrarium

Before we move on to the last step, water your plants. Attention: Don’t drown them! Cacti don’t like to much water. So be considerate and just add some to help you set those succulents in the turf.

The last step is to add your stones. Now you can go all crazy and make some patterns with different coloured stones or keep it simple and classy like me with the white ones. And… you’re done!

Yay – just look at my terrarium. I’m totally in love with it! Adding that pink cactus was such a good idea. It just brings it all together in my opinion and doesn’t it just look right adorable?! I find that cactus and succulent terrariums are not just a really nice addition to anyone’s flat/house etc. but they make some great gifts too! They don’t take up a lot of time and you can give someone something you did yourself. Already know who you’ll be gifting this next time you need something or for Christmas (as it’s not long now)?

PS: I did a small Cactus Terrarium a few month ago if you wanna check that out too.

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  1. Luis
    October 27, 2017 / 1:17 pm

    looks really nice! for me the eternal challenge is knowing how often and how much to water a plant 🙂 any idea how much is too much for this cactus?

    • October 31, 2017 / 8:49 pm

      Thanks so much Luis :). Well, it’s not that hard a little bit of water every second week will do. xx

    • October 31, 2017 / 8:50 pm

      Thanks Sophie. xx

  2. October 28, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    This looks so pretty! I think it would make a lovely gift!xx

    • October 31, 2017 / 8:51 pm

      Thanks Chloe. Yes, I guess my friends will all be getting some cacti gardens for Christmas ;). xx

  3. October 28, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    It is such a great idea! I always have cacti in my room but in separate pots. Having them all in a terrarium would be so great! Love the idea really! so cute and so instagrammable! And I have spotted some pretty terrariums at M&S and UO! xx corinne

    • October 31, 2017 / 8:52 pm

      Thanks girls. Lucky you I would love to have a UO around. They have the prettiest terrariums. xx

  4. October 28, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    These look super cute, and I am absolutely obsessed with cactuses! I currently only have one in my bedroom, but I hope that the next trip to Ikea I have, I’ll pick some more up! 🙊

    • October 31, 2017 / 8:54 pm

      I started with only one too. Now there are 12 and counting ;). They are just the cutest. xx

    • October 31, 2017 / 8:55 pm

      You’re welcome. I just had to share another cactus DIY ;). xx

  5. Dominique lennon
    October 29, 2017 / 8:43 pm

    I love this! I need inspiration in pitting mind

    • October 31, 2017 / 8:56 pm

      Thanks Dominique. xx

  6. October 29, 2017 / 10:24 pm

    This looks amazing! I love cacti and really want more to brighten the house. Thanks for sharing x

    • October 31, 2017 / 8:57 pm

      Thank you Katie. I too love me some plants around the house. Makes everything just seem brighter and lighter. xx

  7. October 29, 2017 / 11:23 pm

    I love terrariums so much! I have one on my bedside table and I am so tempted to make another one after seeing how beautiful yours is!
    -Olivia Xxx

    • October 31, 2017 / 8:59 pm

      They are the best, aren’t they?! I started with one terrarium too now I have 4 in total. xx

  8. October 30, 2017 / 12:25 am

    I don’t know if I’d have the patience to do this but you’ve made it look so beautiful!

    • October 31, 2017 / 9:00 pm

      Oh it doesn’t take that long and you can be as messy as you like! xx

  9. October 31, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    Hi, OI love the displays that you have created my poor cactus often gets neglected but I shall use your post as inspiration to get a few more.

    • October 31, 2017 / 9:01 pm

      Thanks, I’m really happy with how they turned out and it makes looking after them so much easier when they’re all in one pot. xx

  10. October 31, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    Oh my goodness that is the cutest thing and you’re so right it looks so easy to make! I’ve just moved into my house and one of those would look gorgeous so I’ll definitely be giving it a go!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

    • October 31, 2017 / 9:03 pm

      Oh they would definitely look so great and are so easy to look after. xx

  11. October 31, 2017 / 8:28 pm

    These are so cool!! I’ve been desperate for a terrarium but tbh I’ve never thought of making my own! Looks like I might have to nip to IKEA and get all the supplies


    • October 31, 2017 / 9:04 pm

      That was me first too, then I thought oh well I’ll do my own one. It’s cheaper and you^ll have a fun activity too. xx

  12. October 31, 2017 / 8:43 pm

    These are soo adorable and creative, I absolutely love cacti but I bought some a few months back and managed to kill them somehow haha! One of these terrariums would look so gorgeous on a windowsill!
    Alice Xx

    • October 31, 2017 / 9:06 pm

      Oh I have killed some too but now I stick to my schedule and only water them every second week. Mine is sitting on a windowsill actually ;). xx

    • October 31, 2017 / 9:08 pm

      Thanks you too. Oh yes they make excellent presents. xx

    • October 31, 2017 / 11:56 pm

      Thanks Veronica. xx

  13. November 2, 2017 / 8:46 pm

    Great idea! I planted a cactus in a tin can and it was so effective x.

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