How To: Make a Terrarium in a Mason Jar

How To: Make a Terrarium in a Mason Jar

Stephanie Kinnear
Oct 29, 2009

We've talked quite a bit about terrariums around here recently: They seem to be back in style, and they're a nice way to bring some green into your home. So here's how to make one yourself in a mason jar (or whatever type of glass container you've got)...

We especially like this solution because we have a cat who tries to eat every bit of greenery (plants, salads, flowers) that we bring into the apartment. If we put our plants in glass jars, maybe he'll give up.

Besides, this Mason jar terrarium is super easy to make. There aren't too many materials needed, and the materials that are needed aren't too expensive.


  • Glass mason jar with lid (I used an old spaghetti sauce jar)
  • Potting soil
  • Activated charcoal (sometimes called terrarium charcoal)
  • Small stones, pebbles, or gravel
  • Sheet moss (sometimes called preserved sheet moss)
  • Decorations (such as small toys, larger rocks, etc.)
  • Chopsticks or bamboo skewers
  • Spray paint (if desired)

See the rest of the instructions here.

The Mason jar look is a little crafty, a little DIY-ish, so it won't work in everyone's home, but we think it would look nice in our kitchen.

Have you ever made your own terrarium? What type of container did you use?

(Photos via Craftzine)

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