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How to make your own terrarium



I made a terrarium.


Because I love making stuff for my home.

That’s what makes a house a home I reckon.


This week, when I was at a local craft shop, a lady at the counter next to me said,

“My husband says, why make it…

why don’t you just buy it from the shops?

She said,


I like to make stuff for myself.”


I couldn’t agree more.


So, if you fancy making one of these “on trend” Terrariums too, here’s how I made mine and the plants I used.


To make a terrarium

Plants I used:

1. Fairy Lights

2. White Hares Foot

3. Sedum (Dragon’s Blood)

4. Sedum Brevifolium

Potting mix

Pearlite mix for drainage (my Urbio wall garden is still going strong, so I used the same method here)

Terrarium vessel from Beachside Bargains

Pumice or stones to decorate

T-Shirt Yarn

How to make:

Add perlite mix to the bottom of the vessel. Then place plants randomly. Try to chose plants with different heights and textures.

Then add soil around to fill in. Add a few stones or pumice to finish it off.

Use a soft cloth to wipe off any excess soil from the container, then water in to welcome the plants to their new home.

To make a macrame style hanger for this, use my macrame hanging tutorial here.

TIP: To get a thicker finish on the hanger, I made each of the 4 strings be 8 lengths of yarn in thickness.




I think it looks great on the table.



And it’s pretty neat in it’s new macrame hanger too.

But the best bit, is…

I made it myself.


I’m planning on hanging this in the media room at our new house,

I can’t wait to show you how it will look.


So, would you make your own terrarium?

It’s super easy, promise. (20 mins tops)


Have a great weekend guys,



Live with Love,


Linking up with With Some Grace, Two Uses Tuesday, House of Hipsters and The Ultimate Rabbit Hole


PS: On our house news, we’ve been busy inside, adding sound insulation to a few key walls and the final electrical details.

The bricks are nearly finished, I can’t wait to see this when it’s rendered, we’ve chosen Shale Grey with accents of Windspray.

The plasterers are due next week, bring it on.Dream-home-colours Tomfo-FB


16 responses to “How to make your own terrarium”

  1. Rachael says:

    Yay for timing… In the process of increasing my accessories just in time for the busy styling season. This is exactly what I’ was planning to do and you’ve totally done the hard work for me. Thankyou – love your work! Rach x

    • Sarah says:

      Pleasure Rachel, I saw this at the shop and it was on special so I took it as a sign to make one, love how it turned out, I had a great time talking to the local Garden centre and getting plants that would do well in here, it’s not going to be in full sun, so these are perfect for it. x

  2. This is gorgeous! I have just been admiring these today in a café – so pretty!
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  3. Awesomeness!
    I keep seeing (expensive) workshops on how to DIY terrariums… and keep thinking to myself I’d like to make one. So big thanks for saving me the money on a workshop and giving me the motivation to try it myself!

  4. That looks ace and you make it look so simple, I think even I could do it! House is going great, I love seeing the progress week by week. You’ll be in before you know it!
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    • Sarah says:

      Im sure you could Sammie. It’s just placing plants and adding some potting mix really. Super excited about the house, we’ll be putting the kitchen in before you know it. Have a fab weekend. Just about to grab a bacon and egg roll at Soccer. X

  5. So true – when I look around my home there is so much I have made myself and it gives it character and love!
    btw, your colour choices are fabulous, all of my favourites right there!! Cant wait to see it take shape! x
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    • Sarah says:

      Woman after my own heart. Glad you like the colours, I can’t wait to see how they come up. Have a fab weekend. X

  6. I love that vase/pot/jar. The names of your plant choices are the best. I actually have two old vases I have kept to maybe make into terrariums. I should pull them out again.

  7. Maxabella says:

    The house is really coming together!

    I love your beautiful terrarium, Sarah. The jar is especially well considered, it just looks so stylish and restful. x

    • Sarah says:

      Thank you lovely lady, I’m getting a bit excited about the house and worried too, so many things to do before we move in x

  8. Now you know how much i love these terraniums right and as for your house – HOW FREAKING EXCITING. xx

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