Turn a Jar into a DIY Terrarium.

Turn A Jar Into A DIY Terrarium

I am excited today to share one of the easiest DIYs ever. Let’s Turn a jar into a DIY Terrarium!

A trio of DIY terrariums.

Turn a Jar into a Terrarium

I recently went thrifting and found some jars in interesting shapes and sizes that I could not pass up! I knew I wanted to use them for Terrariums the minute I saw them. This may be the easiest DIY ever, and I am excited to share it with you.

Thrifted glass jars with lids.
Glass jars for the terrariums.

What you will need:

  • Jars
  • Plants
  • Rocks
  • Soil
  • Moss
  • Sand
  • Plant Food
Materials needed to make Jar Terrariums.
Items needed for a Jar Terrarium.

Getting Started:

The first step is to wash your Jar and thoroughly dry it.

Cleaning glass jar.

Next, layer your Jar with an inch or two of rocks to provide plenty of plant drainage.

Items for the DIY Jar terrarium.
Rocks and moss for DIY Jar Terrarium.
Rocks for the DIY Terrarium

Add the soil next. Use the type of soil that your particular plants like best. Here, I am making a couple of different Terrariums. I used mini orchids as my plants in two of my jars, so my next layer was Orchid Potting Soil.

Orchid Potting mix for the DIY Orchid Terrarium.

In another jar, I used plants suited to regular potting soil and added enough soil to cover the roots of the plants.

Placing the plants in the Jar.

When placing your plants in the Jar, start with the tallest plant first. You will want to gently move your plants until they are in the desired location. Continue to add plants until you are happy with the way it looks. Once plants are placed, water them lightly.

Adding water to the plants in the terrarium.

At this point, I like to add another layer of rocks or moss for visual interest.

Adding layers of rocks.
Here, I am adding a top layer of rocks.
Finished turning a Jar into a DIY Terrarium
I used a fern, a mini English Ivy, and a Polka Dot Plant above.

I liked the combo of Ochids and moss with the one below. Adding a larger rock and a few twigs also added some visual interest. This is where you can get creative. Some people like to add small figurines and such!

Closed Jar Terrarium
Here, I used a Mini Orchid and moss in a closed-jar terrarium.

Types of Plants for a Jar Terrarium.

Here are a few of my favorites.

  • Button Ferns
  • Nerve Plants- Fittonia
  • Polka Dot Plant -I used one above.
  • Mini Orchids
  • Mini English Ivy
  • Live Moss
  • Venus Flytrap
  • Prayer Plants

Caring for your Jar Terrarium.

The nicest thing about these terrariums is they are pretty low maintenance. Keep in bright, indirect light. Water occasionally using an eyedropper or a mister. Remove spent flowers and leaves. Prune when necessary. Enjoy!

Variety of DIY Jar Terrariums.
Mini Orchid Terrarium.

That’s it for today! If you decide to Turn a Jar into a DIY Terrarium, please tag me to let me see!

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Until next time,


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  1. Kim says:

    These are all just darling, Libbie! I’m a sucker for small, unique glass containers and now I can buy them at the thrift store and know exactly what to do with them.

  2. Vicki and Jenn 2 Bees in a Pod says:

    OMG – your terrariums are beautiful! We appreciate your step-by-step directions. Hoping to create a few of these for our own homes!

  3. Marianne says:

    Your terrariums turned out beautiful. Great foresight to see the potential in your thrift store finds. Thank you for the instructions.

  4. Tammy says:

    These terrariums turned out pretty. What great thrift store finds! I love plants in the home.

  5. maria says:

    What a beautiful way to make a miniature garden. Love your find for them.

  6. Kristi Dominguez says:

    What a lovely project, Libbie! You’ve added so much beauty and life to these jars. xoxo, kristi

  7. Julie says:

    I had no idea there were mini ones orchids!! Your terrariums are so pretty I really want to try it! My daughter will appreciate this too!! Thanks, Libbie & welcome to TST!

  8. Mary Beth says:

    Your terrariums are beautiful, Libbie! I love how perfectly they came together in your thrift store jars. xo, Mary Beth

  9. Sonya says:

    I love how these turned out. They are so beautiful and unique, I’m sure I will think of these anytime I see a beautiful jar at the thrift store,

  10. Debra Oliver says:

    Hi Libbie, your terrariums are gorgeous, especially that fabulous orchid! Great DIY steps you’ve shared. I’m sharing this post Monday evening at All About Home. Thanks so much for coming by and linking up!

  11. Lynne Zemaitis says:

    Libbie, these are so pretty! I love this idea and am inspired to give it a try. I have a few jars that would be perfect for this. Thank you for sharing!

  12. Lynne Zemaitis says:

    Libbie, I love this project! This is such a great idea for adding a low maintenance, mini garden! How perfect for Spring! I am excited to feature it at this week’s Tuesday Turn About Link Party. Thank you so much for sharing!

  13. Rebecca says:

    Libbie, I love your terrariums! My mom and I used to make these years ago, and I’d forgotten how much I loved them. You’ve inspired me to make some this Spring. Off to the thrift store I go to get some glass jars! Pinned 🙂

  14. Richella J Parham says:

    These are absolutely gorgeous! What a wonderful way to get through the rest of winter–by bringing a bit of spring right inside!

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

  15. Janice Sigmon says:

    This is very creative and beautiful 🙂 I have a question, have your orchids thrive when planted this way? Especially the ones that is closed in? I really want to try this but afraid they won’t surive. Im used to having my orchids in orchids pots and sitting them in water then draining as a way to water them.

    • Libbie Burling says:

      Hi Janice,

      The orchids seem to love the extra humidity in the glass jars. I am careful to not overwater (most of my plants die from TOO MUCH LOVE) and place them a room with bright but not direct light. I have actually had to of them rebloom which has me happy dancing over here. 🙂

  16. L'insecterie says:

    very creative to use glass jar and it is very beautiful

  17. Rachel @ The Antiqued Journey says:

    This is genius, Libby!! I LOVE them…such a pretty decor piece for any room!!

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