Succulent and Terrarium Projects You Can Make at Home

by Tonya Staab
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Display your succulents in pretty terrariums, handmade planters, containers, and even a necklace with these great tips and ideas.

Succulents are trendy right now. It’s not surprising, they require little effort to maintain, come in amazing colors, can be planted in virtually anything, and add a natural element to your home.

When I was at the recent SNAP conference in Utah, I attended a Succulents and Terrariums workshop. It was hosted by Cynthia (Utah Garden Blogs) and Margee Rader. During the workshop, they taught us how to make a terrarium necklace. 

succulents in a necklace globe

You can find the full tutorial to make your own succulent necklaces on the Jordan Valley Home & Garden Club website.

Tips for working with succulents and terrariums

These tips are courtesy of Cynthia and Margee.

  • Use floral pins to hold succulent cuttings in place and to attach plants to one another.
  • Don’t put your terrarium in direct sunlight. Put it in a bright room away from windows.
  • Put charcoal in the bottom of your terrarium over the pebbles and sand to help filter air in a closed terrarium.
  • If there is water on the sides of the terrarium remove the lid, there is too much moisture.
  • If there is no condensation, it’s time to water. Spray bottles work really well for watering.
  • Ground covers you might like to try: scotch moss, real moss clover, blue star creeper, chocolate chip ajuga.
  • Plants you could use in your terrarium: ferns, moss, tropical plants, water plants.
  • Use sheet moss to fill in gaps when creating a pretty succulent pot so you don’t see any dirt.
  • Always check the light/sun requirements of plants when purchasing, especially if you already have a location in mind.
  • Open dish arrangements can take more light and sun.

Succulent and terrarium projects

Take a look at these other fun succulent and terrarium projects I’ve done.

Make a terrarium with your kids this summer – you could make a fairy garden, a dinosaur stomping ground, or a jungle.  Pop some of their small toys in to bring the terrarium to life.

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Melissa H. (makingitsweet) July 10, 2013 - 10:37 am

That’s just gorgeous! I’ve seen those before but didn’t know where to get the container. Thanks for the link!

Rebecca July 14, 2013 - 8:16 am

What great ideas. I love terrariums and really want to make my own here before long.

Cynthia July 14, 2013 - 9:26 pm

I’m so excited to see that you’re still keeping it going! I will confess to having killed 2 terrarium necklaces via forgetting to water them. Luckily, it’s easy to “replant” them and it doesn’t cost me anything to do so. Whew! I love the hemp wrap on the jars!

Ryan September 20, 2013 - 1:10 pm

Awesome terrarium, and I love the succulent cuttings you picked to go in it.

toni January 5, 2018 - 11:38 am

Good Morning,
I was wondering if you might repost the neckless source. The link no longer works.
Thanks so much~~~Toni

Rory Cook August 1, 2022 - 8:03 pm

These dome pendants are available here:


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