DIY Succulent + Air Plant Terrariums

SO lately you’re seeing terrariums every which way you turn, right? Or is that just us? Either way, we're officially obsessed. Terrariums bring so much beauty to a space. It’s like a mini ecosystem in a pretty package! While you could easily pick up a terrarium already completed at the store, wouldn't you rather design a beautiful terrarium yourself, complete with all of your favourite details?

So first we ponder the question, what KIND of terrarium do we want to make? Geometric? Upcycled fishbowl? Air plants? Succulents? Crystals? Coloured moss? We want ALL OF THE THINGS. We’re about to make some creative choices to create 3 pretty terrariums in different styles. We’ve partnered with Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® to make our terrarium dreams come true! Let’s start creating!

First thing’s first – select your terrarium! They come in so many different shapes, sizes and colours – pick the one you like best. We picked this round geometric terrarium with a medium size opening on top for our first one, a tall triangle air planter for our second, and we’re upcycling a fishbowl for our third. In our world – anything can become a terrarium!

Round Geometric Succulent Terrarium


  • Large geometric glass terrarium
  • Small Rocks
  • Sand
  • Variety of small succulents available at the flower market or your local garden centre- about 3-5 plants
  • Geode or other embellishment

Step 1: Use river rocks to cover the bottom of the terrarium (this is for drainage purposes.)

Step 2: Cover the rocks with approximately 1 inch of potting soil.

Step 3: Shake the excess dirt from the succulents you’ve selected. We recommend two similar coloured succulents and an air plant for this terrarium. Remember this key design rule: things look best in odd numbers.

Step 4: Place your plants.

Step 5: Fill the terrarium with potting soil. Use a spoon. You’ll be glad you did.

Step 6: Place your choice of coloured moss.

Step 7: Select and place a piece of raw rose quartz or the crystal of your choice. Then marvel at your new fave decor piece!


Terrarium #2: Triangular Air Plant Terrarium

Next, let’s make an air plant only terrarium with white sand. If our big geometric terrarium was a little scary for you, this is the terrarium for you. Chic and SO easy! This tall triangle terrarium is going to be your go to!


  • Tall triangle terrarium
  • Small Rocks
  • Sand
  • Air plants
  • Geode or other embellishment

Step 1: Fill the bottom with white rocks for drainage and weight.

Step 2: Place at least one inch of white sand in the terrarium. Using a measuring cup is helpful.

Step 3: Place air plants.

Step 4: Place your pretty, pretty raw crystal. For this piece we went with a piece of raw pyrite – a little glitter and gold goes a long way!


Terrarium #3: Fishbowl Upcycle Terrarium

Next up, we’re going upcycling, girl! We’re using a fishbowl (that you probably have sitting in a cabinet somewhere) and turning it into a terrarium. That betta fish may not have worked out but this terrarium certainly will.


  • Fishbowl
  • Small Rocks
  • Sand
  • Variety of succulents – 2 or 3
  • Geode or other embellishment

Step 1: Place river rocks on the bottom.

Step 2: Cover the bottom with at least 1 inch of soil.

Step 3: Shake the excess dirt from the roots of your selected succulent.

Step 4: Place your succulents.

Step 5: Arrange the air plant in the terrarium and trim it to size.

Step 6: Put moss and your crystal in place. We went with a raw piece of vanadinite.

Take a step back and admire your work. You’ve created your own happy little world.


Special thank you to Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day®, who made the creation of these terrariums possible! (And who will make cleaning up after you’ve created your terrariums SO much more enjoyable!)

  • glass terrarium we used a glass and gold geometric style terrarium
  • fishbowl for upcycled terrarium
  • potting soil
  • sand
  • small rocks
  • variety of succulents
  • variety of airplants
  • colored moss
  • geodes or other embellishments