DIY Date Idea: How To Build Terrariums

I almost typed out “his and her’s craft ideas” but cringed way too hard.

Hello, people of the blogosphere – I hope you are well and that life is not kicking you in the proverbial shins. (Or the literal ones; that shit hurts.) Today’s post combines three of my favourite things – DIYs, plants and my human! IE: It’s exactly what the post title says: my boyfriend and I spent a Saturday making terrariums and I’m rinsing our life for content. Capitalism rules!

I confess, I am rather fortunate in that Daryl does like crafting. When I first told him about my plans to get back into blogging and revealed my (totally normal and not at all crazy-virtual-hoarder) secret Pinterest board with hundreds of random craft ideas . . . he got excited.  And not just “I’ll support you through this with pity and slight resentment” fake excited – actually excited.

I’ve never been more scared of another human in my life. What kind of weirdo, am I right?

Anyways, as both of us love plants and I’ve just moved into a new place that needs some personal touches, we decided that terrariums would be a good DIY date to start off with! So let’s have a look at what we made . . . (And then, naturally, I’ll show you how you can recreate your own.)



What I really enjoyed about the way these came out (other than freaking cute) is that they really embody our two very different styles. Razzle dazzle is very minimal (utterly alien to me and also super weird considering certain things in his wardrobe I’m too reserved to wear) and I’m like Urban Outfitters just threw up everywhere.

Also, something I think is really cool about them is that the black ones look super sleek and masculine, so if you’re looking for a DIY gift for him . . . well, I think we’ve found a winner!



So, you’re sold! You want to try creating this lovely things for yourself. Great, here’s what you’re going to need.

Plants (small ones; ideally succulents)

When you’re selecting your plants, make sure you read the care instructions and pick ones that need a similar amount of light/water. Where D lives, there are literally plant stores on every corner – and a really cute secondhand store that sells them in random things like old coke bottles and mugs for ridiculously cheap, so we ventured out on Saturday morning to pick some.

Alternatively, you can actually buy plants online to use (I love the internet):

Set Of 10 (Live) Succulent Cuttings – Amazon US – $13.95

Set of 10 Potted (Live) Succulent & Cacti Plants – Amazon UK – £17.95

Glass Holders

You can find these pretty much anywhere, but we headed to our local Kmart. Again, the internet has loads of options for these too.

House Shaped Black Terrarium – Amazon US – $39.99

House Shaped Black Terrarium – Amazon UK – £33.99

Potting Soil

This is just to make sure that your plants have soil to root and grow in.

Hoffman 10404 Organic Cactus and Succulent Soil Mix, 4 Quarts

Cactus & Succulent Soil Mix – Amazon US – $9.98

Cactus & Succulent Potting Soil – Amazon UK – £3.49

(Optional) Decorative Stones

This just adds a nice extra layer and bit of decoration to your terrariums! Honestly, these are way more expensive online, so I’d recommend heading in store for them.


Okay . . . let’s get to making!

STEP 1: (Optional) Add a layer of stones to your terrarium base

For mine, I used the colour combination of white and gold; Daryl used black and grey.

STEP 2: Add soil to your terrariums

STEP 3: Dig (slight) holes in the spaces you want to put your plants in, remove the plants from their pots and place them in the space

STEP 4: Cover the roots with soil and even everything out a wee bit

STEP 5: (Optional) Toss some extra stones on top for decoration

And that’s it! Considering that terrariums retail for a pretty penny and how much fun it is to create them . . . I highly recommend giving this one a go! As a chilled Saturday date, it was a fun (and inexpensive, which we love) way to kick back and spend a cold day. Plus, I now have cute plants decorating my room, which is always a win.

Now, my friends, if you guys are fellow DIY junkies like me, make sure you’re following my DIY boards on Pinterest!

My first one is just general DIY inspiration/tutorials, but my second is specifically for DIY gifting.

And since you’ve done that . . . well, you might as well Pin this post for me, right? (Wink wink!) I hope you guys enjoyed this little snippet into one of my Saturdays! How do you think the terrariums turned out? Would you give these a go yourself? Are you a fan of a good craft date? And have you had a chance to look over my new Etsy store yet? (I’m excited for it!) Let me know your thoughts down below!


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50 thoughts on “DIY Date Idea: How To Build Terrariums”

  1. Urgh, terrariums are so freaking pretty and add such a unique touch to any home! Thanks for this DIY. If only I had a home of my own, and a nice Saturday morning for me and my non-existent boyfriend to build it with me HAHAHA, SHOOT!

  2. Oh these look so lovely. I saw these ideas all over pinterest but I never read how to make it and I can’t believe how simple and easy it is. Thank you so much for sharing, will definitely make these. xx

  3. These are fantastic. What a great idea. I’ve been thinking about doing something like this for my office at work. I don’t like succulents, though – just personal preference, but I can probably come up with something fun that might work. I have an old fish tank. Thanks for posting about it – I’ll start scoping it out this week.

    1. oooo that sounds like a good plan! I’d love to be able to create a terrarium with flowers or plans, but I have an absolute black thumb so anything less hardy than succulents is a no go! Thanks for reading 🙂

  4. Wow these are so amazing! 💗😍 I love how easy it is to make because sometimes with DIYs I find them too difficult. Plants are amazing. This is such a nice decoration for home. Thank you for sharing

    1. Omg I am in love with this craft, my mom loves plants and she has so many succulents, I think this would look so good in the room!!! I love that you and your boyfriend are doing it together too haha. I love these glass casings too, will have to give it a try myself! Thanks for sharing Mia <3

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    2. This is the cutest idea ever!! I so need to try it – lets hope that my other half would be happy doing this with me! Also please lets note how freaking amazing your photography is?!?!xxxx

    3. These look so cute and they are perfect for both him and for you! I love how simple your DIYs normally are so even I can re-create them. xx

    4. I want to make these w my husband now!! Yeah i couldve done a quick Google search on how to make these but its easier to just read this post of urs and make em later lol thx for sharing aww i love the pics u took too 🥰

    5. if you take individual segments from the main plant, setting in a terracotta pot you can grow from the main plants. they take time to root but who doesn’t love free plants… my post Echevaria works on propagation of succulents.

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