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 YOU’LL BE MAKING:

 

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!

 

YOU WILL NEED:

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.

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.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

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!

Peace,

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

  1. Barney Rubble – 7 in the morning I woke up to Jah. Rush out the door to inhale the smog... Breathe well. Floating and balanced.

    Looks like break and enter for a peckish cat

  2. Miel – Currently in Abu Dhabi, UAE, Miel is a 20-something lass from the Philippines who aspires to travel the world and become a great writer someday.

    Well DIY Date Ideas is actually the better choice 😉 Hahahaa

  3. C – crepuscular activities is the time of day

    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!

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Right??? Ahahaha I wish I had a home of my own LOL, currently in a sharehouse xD

  4. SimpleSerenity – My name is Azra, welcome to my blog SimpleSerenity. I'm from Bosnia and Herzegovina, 24 years old chemical engineering student that works as a beauty journalist. I hope you'll enjoy spending time on my blog and enjoy my content. It would mean a world to me if you would subscribe and leave me any feedback that you have! If you want to ask me something you can email me at simple_serenity@outlook.com.

    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

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Glad to hear it 🙂 They’re so cute and a really fun way to spend an afternoon 🙂 xx

  5. I. M. Fletcher – Belle Isle – Tagline: It's easier to apologize than to ask permission.

    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. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      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 🙂

  6. seaofwordsx – Christina, 27 years old, blog about my journey in life, loving yourself and mental health 🌸

    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. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Oh they’re super easy! Thanks for reading lovely 🙂 x

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      I showed him this comment and he said “omg im famous”… honestly think we’re giving the kid too much credit LOL xx

  7. Julie Nguyen – Digital content creator and Dylan O'brien's future wife. Contact me at thegoldencrush@outlook.fr

    omg I love this so much!! definitely going to try this at home and hang these in my room and please let’s go on a date together lmao

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      ahahah I’m down! And definitely give it a go, they’re so cute! x

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thank you 🙂 I highly recommend trying it, they’re such a lovely home deco x

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Aw thank you! You should definitely give it a go 🙂 <3

  8. Geraldine – NJ – Hi I'm Geraldine! I'm a dental hygienist from New Jersey. I'm also a Lifestyle blogger who blogs a bit about dental hygiene, a bit about food, a bit about video games .... a bit about everything!

    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

    Geraldine | https://geraldinetalks.com

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thank you for the lovely comment, Geraldine 🙂 I hope you do get round to giving it a try – it’s a really fun craft! <3

  9. Rossy Galaxy – Pacific Northwest – I'm a full-time SAHM to an energetic 5 year old boy and I'm married to my best friend. / / I love makeup, photography and cars.

    I have DIY terrariums in my pinterest too and cannot wait to make one!

  10. Arundhati Basu – New Jersey, US – The great affair in my life is to travel. I count myself immensely fortunate that my partner shares this passion. We are a team that likes to spend time planning and plotting out places to go. Destination check, flights check, accommodation check, cheesy grins check. Off we go.

    How pretty your terrariums are! Well done, your partner and you! He’s a keeper, girl. 😉 xx

  11. 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

  12. Hannah – Hello there! My name is Hannah and I am a 22 year old lifestyle blogger who loves travelling, coffee and social media. Welcome to my corner of the Internet.

    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

  13. kiki | soyvirgo.com – Internet – call me Kiki. I'm a multidimensional gal who loves cats, games, married at 20, and is on pinterest most of the time... I also run an online shop and blogging community ( that i try to be active on...) · . ✷ ·  ✧ ⊹   ˚ ✫ . . ·   ✦  · . ✧   . I don't mind staying home all day, relaxing with cats, my husbo and binge watching a show with some homemade vegan foods ʚ♡ɞ I write about experiences in law of attraction, being a mexican vegan, marriage, dealing with long distance, cats, art, anime and more lifestyle stuff. It's pretty much a mess but it's my mess. ʚ♡ɞ I'm learning to fall in love with living and finding happiness in just being alive, I want my readers to find that happiness too ♡ ↳ my website is slowly turning into a community where people can share their knowledge and advice to others. If you're interested in writing, txt me! ↳ my loves: my cute soulmate, kpop groups, memes, pastels, cute things. j-drama, anime, making playlists and lists in general, genuine kind people, matcha, editing themes, the number 9, (can this get any longer?) See my links below for more!

    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

  14. stickysituation – An expressive soul who indulges in poetry, art and music.

    Forget a date, I am doing this by myself! No way I’m waiting for a date until I can do this hahaha

    Also, love the visuals in this post!! xx

  15. thecornucopiaallotment – I enjoy a busy life as a full time mum. As a family we grow seedling's and flowers for our Allotment, which we have had for just over a year. I like designing, creating upcycling and making things from basic recycled materials.

    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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