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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  • 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.


  • I remember terrarium’s when I was younger, and I’m noticing their come-back. I actually received one as a Kris Kringle gift that I managed to kill off. How is that even possible? I keep meaning to recreate one as I love the visual it provides inside.


  • I used to have a terrarium when I was a kid. It had fly eating plants in it, 3 or 4 different ones. I loved it! Especially when a fly was being swallowed!


  • This is a fantastic idea for school holiday fun!


  • Wonderful! I would also have loved a side picture. But that\’s ok- the instructions will be fine for little miss and I to follow this weekend. Thanks for sharing!


  • Would have loved to have seen a side on photo of this terrarium. Many years ago I tried to do this and managed to kill everything all the time. What was I doing wrong?


  • A great idea and at low cost! Look’s good!


  • Love cute little terrariums – so much creativity and fun.

    • Will be making some new terrariums come Summer time. :)


  • A fun idea with op-shop finds.


  • Oh! Why didn’t I start to follow this comm when my daughter was still young? It’s a place full of wonderful ideas!! :-)


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