How to DIY Glass Jar Terrarium
Succulents are everywhere these days and I love the look of them. I’ve made a few succulent planters using plastic succulents, they not only look nice, but you can also set them out and pretty much forget about them.
I was in a thrift store the other day and came across a wide mouth glass jar that was part of a canister set. It had a wooden lid with a rubber seal that was dried out and would no longer seal. Didn’t matter to me, it was the perfect size for a small succulent terrarium.
People tell me that succulents are easy to take care of, so I decided to take the plunge and adopt a few succulents and make my own DIY glass jar terrarium.
I stopped in a local nursery to find some baby succulents. I did find a few and they were a little pricey. Not surprising since they are so popular right now. I picked out three little succulent plants that were $5 each. As I was walking away, I spied this little succulent garden, that had three different types of succulents in it already for only $6.
Supplies I Used:
- Glass Jar (s)
- Succulent Plants
- Succulent Plant soil
- dowel rod
- hand saw
- sand paper
- E6000 glue
- Painters Tape
- small rocks or pebbles
- coffee filter
- decorative rocks
- spray bottle with water
My glass jar measured 7 inches in height. I wanted to lay the jar on its side. To keep it from rolling off a shelf, I cut two 4-1/2 inch long dowel rods using a small hand saw. To clean up the cut edges, I rubbed the cut ends on a piece of sand paper for a minute. The dowel rods were then glued to the jar about 2 inches apart . I used a piece of painters tape to hold them in place while they dried.
After 24 hours, I felt the E6000 glue was strong enough for me to start working on the terrarium. I left the painters tape in place just to be safe. It’ll be removed after the recommended 72 hours of drying time is up.
The coffee filter was cut to size to fit over the rock. I misted it with the spray bottle of water and laid it over the white rock layer. I used this to keep the soil from sinking into the rock layer.
Note: After the soil is in place you won’t see the coffee filter.
Next, add soil, plants, decorative rocks and moss. I used a few of the rocks we gathered on vacation last year.
A few pieces from a sheet of dried moss added a little more green. Once I had everything in place, I used the spray bottle of water to mist over everything.
I still had succulents left . . so I emptied one of my ‘faux’ succulent planters that I made by using glass candle holders from the dollar store and filled it with the remaining succulents. Now all my baby succulents had a new home.
We keep some of our vacation rocks in mason jars, so I had an open mason jar on the table. After I filled the glass candle holder with the succulents, I got an idea and wanted to see if the mason jar ring would fit on the glass candle holder – and it did!
The mason jar ring obviously can’t screw on the candle holder, but it sits nicely on top to give it a different look.
I was so pleased with how these turned out! Now . . .I just have to keep my new babies alive! Can you believe all these came from the same little planter I brought home?
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