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DIY Tiny Terrariums in Recycled Jars

April 26, 2014


There are a number of reasons why you keep a few plants throughout your home. They provide clean air, help fight colds, improve mental health and can just make you happy. It’s typical to see a plant large enough to sit on the floor or medium-sized to fit on a table. But for those who live in smaller spaces, you can also enjoy the company of green friends in this DIY tiny terrariums in recycled jars. Glass jars you might have somewhere in your home include:

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  • Rocks and stones from outside that are small enough to fit in the jars
  • Sand from the beach (for cacti terrariums only)
  • Soil from your yard (for basic plants only)
  • Preserved moss or another alternative to hold moisture
  • Plants

To start, place some sand in the jar and then a layer of preserved moss on top.  The fun part is picking out your favorite types of plants for your tiny terrarium. This is where you can get really creative with the colors and styles. To help get started on the right types of plants, here are some of our favorites:


Some may look too large but you can cut off small pieces of certain succulents to be able to fit in the jars. Make sure to do you research first. We recommend using a Tillandsia because this type of plant receives nutrients from the air and needs little water. To finish your tiny terrarium, add some small rocks to position the plants into the “right” place. For a more detailed “how-to” on this DIY tiny terrarium, visit

Don’t forget to check out how you can decorate your glass jars via our post on DIY Mason Jars for Spring!

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