How To Make a Terrarium

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Its been a while since we shared a ‘How To…’ (see Glittery Pumpkins, perfect for an autumn wedding here, and pom-poms here), but with terrariums the hottest new trend in interiors and floristry alike, we thought we’d show you how easy it is to make one of your own.

{Styled shoot images by Angela Ward-Brown, styled by us, flowers and terrariums by Laura Smith Flowers. See more of the shoot here.}

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Terrariums containing succulents and cacti are fast becoming the wedding world’s hottest trend. From centre pieces to décor for anything from the card to cake table, these cool and quirky alternatives to floral displays look fabulous and are really easy to create yourself. Read on for our step-by-step guide…


You will need:

  • A glass container. The great thing about this trend is that anything goes, as far as your glassware! From angular, metal-edged containers to apothecary jars and hanging vessels – as long as the opening is large enough to pop your plants through, it’ll look great. We found a great selection in HomeSense.
  • A few small succulents and/or cacti.
  • Pumice stone (most of these items can be found in ready-made kits on Amazon or individually in a good garden centre).
  • Activated charcoal.
  • Sphagnum moss.
  • Natural soil.
  • Sheet moss.


Step One

Place the pumice stones in the base of the container. These will allow water to settle at the bottom, rather than overwhelming your plants.



Step Two

Add a thin layer of activated charcoal – this helps keep the terrarium healthy, reducing bacteria and fungi.


Step Three

Add a thin layer of sphagnum moss, to aid with drainage inside your terrarium.


Step Four

Place enough soil in the container to cover the roots of your plants.


Step Five

Add your collection of plants, and fill with soil to cover up to the plant/stem. Gently press down around the base of the plants.


Step Six

Pop your sheet moss around the plants – this is for decoration and to retain moisture. If the moss looks a little dry, place it in a bowl of water first and shake off before laying down.


Step Seven

Add a few pebbles or pumice stones for decoration and your terrarium is complete!