How to Make a Terrarium with Glass Chips

9:31:00 PM

I have been getting my plant fix outside and at my office, but I'm not one to give up on figuring out a challenge. I have been seeing all kinds of terrariums on the web and I decided to give it a try.

You see, I love having plants in the house. But I have 3 reasons that I can't have houseplants:


We have 3 cats in our house, and they think that anything green--houseplants, grass, or cut flowers--are fair game to chew on. It's a big mess. Not to mention it's not exactly good for them. I have tried any number of locations--including our mantle--but no place seems to be out of reach for these little mischief makers.

I grabbed a clear candy/apothecary jar with a lid, a coffee filter,some ground up glass--mind was from a sample kit for terrazzo aggregate, but I've seen similar type of glass at Lowes, some potting soil and a small plant.

I know it's popular to do succulents in a terrarium, but they don't like too much moisture, and I wanted something that I could leave closed up. I picked something that liked light and moisture. I wish I could tell you what kind of plant it is, but I couldn't find the tag once I cleaned up!

I cut a circle the same size as the jar.

Anyway, I layered the difference colors of glass into the jar.

Then I placed the coffee filter circle in the jar. I wanted something to let water through, but not let the soil through. You probably could have used gardening weed fabric, but I wanted to used what I had on hand.

I put the soil in and then the plant, using a pencil to dig in the soil and then tamp it down around the plant. I then used some more crushed glass as mulch around the plants.


I wanted to use the same colors as I plan to do in my kitchen and living room as I mentioned in this previous post. Thus, the red plant with clear and blue glass. Here's a reminder pf the scheme:

So there you have it, a way to get my plant fix without feeding the cats!

In case you were wondering, I spent less than $3--all on the little plant! Everything else I had on hand!




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3 comments

  1. I LOVE this! I may just have to do it. It looks sooo pretty!

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  2. I have the same issue, cats who eat plants,so I need to do another terrarium too. Yours turned out beautifully. I did one a while back with a tiny plant that looked similar to yours called a polka dot plant. Unfortunately, I thought it might need to be out from under the glass for a few hours, took the top off and you guessed right, it was chomped down to the dirt in no time flat. Sigh.

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    1. Sorry you lost your plant. Maybe it's time for another terrarium?

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