Make a beautiful terrarium for your office or child’s room for little to no cost. This is a great activity to do with children as they can help forage for the ‘ingredients’.

For ideas on how to pinch and propagate succulents click here. For other really cute ideas look up terrariums on Pinterest.


  • 1 glass jar/vase/jug
  • 3-4 succulents
  • 1 knob of moss
  • 1 plastic animal
  • 1 cup of gravel, sand or any porous 'fill'


  1. You will need a container - it can have a lid or simply be an open terrarium (open will need watering). Op shops are full of glass jars, jugs, vases - so pick up something that suits your style and is a good size for the space you want to put it in.
  2. Find a tenant for your green space. Op shops are always full of little plastic animals and people. A cute little horse, deer or even a Lego man would look great.
  3. Collecting the green for your terrarium is simple - the next stroll you are on, collect some moss from a footpath and pick a few cuttings from succulents in nature strip gardens. You'd be surprised how many there are once you start looking! Succulents will grow from a simple cutting see the notes for more info.
  4. Now find a cup of sand (kid's sandpit or the local creek/beach), pebbles or fill for the bottom of the terrarium. A good organic fill is tiny gumnuts or the seeds from bottlebrush plants. Basically anything that will retain some water in the bottom of the jar yet keep the moss/plants from swimming in water.
  5. Assemble! Add the fill, arrange the moss and plants and then place your animal etc. on the moss hill. Add some water and you are done!

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Growing up in Tropical Queensland, Hayley spent half her time on the family boat Lumi and the other half as a barefoot banshee child on a communal property. Hayley wanted to be either an archaeologist or Bette Davis when she grew up. Turns out communications was more her thing.

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  • A great idea. These make such a lovely addition to any room.


  • Got a new op shop opened nearby…I can start hunting for jars!


  • That looks fun Thankyou


  • Nice and easy craft idea, economical to make too. Thanks for sharing.


  • I love this idea as I like the little cactus plants and I could use this idea for them Thank You for posting


  • reckon this wold be great weekend craft to do.


  • My little girl tried this, so fun, easy and pretty much no mess, and a gorgeous result :)


  • Looks like lots of fun to make. Well done on a great idea and thanks for sharing


  • Very lovely idea


  • An interesting and creative idea; thanks for sharing.


  • That look really great! What a fantastic idea! Thank you


  • I have a terrerium that I bought and I wish I had seen this article first. Your idea is brilliant. The article about collecting and propagating succulents was a hoot and so informative. Well done.


  • That looks really cool, very effective.


  • took a copy of this to do for mydelf, but to give with imgredients and print off to my grandkids etc great ide as a gift,premade or as a kit so thank you


  • I love terrariums but have never thought of actually making one. Thanks for posting this – it loos like a great idea.


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