How To: Make A Simple Terrarium for Under $20

We’re plant people now!

At least, that’s what my husband said after a few trips to Home Depot and IKEA for other supplies resulted in a few new green friends last weekend. (Just try and make a trip to IKEA and buy only what you came for- it’s impossible.) Before a few months ago I’d never kept a plant alive my entire life, but now we have two and both seem to be doing fine! So, naturally (ha!), we decided to up the difficulty level and get a few more. This is going to get us ready to have kids, right? And then I can skip pets altogether?

That’s my husband on Mt. Ranier next to our oldest plant – 6 months and still alive!

Our only outdoor plant is about to migrate inside for the night because it’s supposed to freeze in Houston tonight. It’s a little sad looking now because it’s winter, but I’m looking forward to when the bright pink flowers come back.

And I finally made the terrarium I’ve been thinking about forever! Except, I’m not sure if it actually is a terrarium, or three cacti in a bowl. Either way, I’m happy with it. I’ve wanted something like this since I watched this how-to video from Sprout on design*sponge, and I really, really wanted it after seeing Morgan of The Brick House show off hers. It only took a few minutes to assemble.

I used a cheap, shallow glass bowl I picked up at Michaels or Hobby Lobby a few months ago for this purpose. To start, I put a layer of gravel on the bottom to (hopefully) allow for drainage. Then the plants went in and I filled the bowl with cactus soil.

The three plants came from IKEA and the soil and rocks from Home Depot. Total cost was less than $20 for everything.

Finally I added another layer of rocks on top and it was done. The hardest part of the whole project was trying to position the plants without getting pricked!


One comment

  1. jena says:

    oh my gosh! hahaha!! that’s so funny we both wrote about our plants, must’ve been some carbon wavelength we were following ;) so glad you came by Modish and thanks for sharing! And that’s a very cute terrarium, I’m going to have to try to make one!

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