7 Steps to Make a Totally Adorable DIY Desert Terrarium

Sherin Woods is a California-based DIY enthusiast and garden design aficionado. With a background in Environmental Science, she combines creativity and sustainability in all her projects. A Pinterest favorite, Sherin is committed to eco-friendly solutions and has contributed to various home and garden publications. Her areas of expertise include DIY project planning, sustainable garden design, and content creation.
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Follow this step-by-step tutorial to make an inexpensive DIY Desert Terrarium to give your indoor garden an anomalous look!

Required Material:

  • Glass Container
  • Aquarium Gravel
  • Activated Charcoal
  • Potting Soil
  • Desert Plants
  • Colored Sand and Crushed Glass for decoration


1. Take a Glass Container

For this project, glass container measuring 8 inches in height and 7 inches in diameter is used. You can choose any other size jar as well.

2. Add Gravel

Once you find the right container, fill an inch or two of it with the aquarium gravel.

3. Add Activated Charcoal

Next, add an even layer of activated charcoal using a spoon. Activated charcoal helps to keep the terrarium fresh and clean all the time!

4. Add Potting Soil

Add potting soil to the container. Be sure to add enough soil so that it covers the roots well.

5. Add Plants

To plant your succulents (cactus and any desert plants), make a hollow dig inside the soil and gently place them inside the terrarium. It depends on you to keep which plant on what side!

6. Decoration!

It’s time to decorate your terrarium using colored sand and some crushed glass pieces.

7. That’s It!

Your inexpensive but beautiful desert terrarium is ready to be the new centerpiece of your tabletop!

NOTE: Since they are desert plants water them once in 10-14 days and remember not to over water.

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