Micro Gardens: Create Your Own Terrarium

We wholeheartedly endorse the concept behind terrariums: Tiny, Perfect Worlds that add life and art to the home. Since many of those we covet are pricey, we’ve found guidance and the proper tools to create our own versions. Here are a few of the essentials, along with some inspirational examples.

Above: A living work of art by New York garden artist Paula Hayes. Some of her pieces can take months, or even a year, to create. Hayes uses delicate, organically shaped handblown glass vessels to hold her organic designs.

Above: The Roost Recycled Glass Bubble Terrarium is free-blown without a mold, creating giant glass bubbles that are then flattened and curved into shape.

Above: Putting a truly unique spin on the concept, Philadelphia-based artist Jose Agatep created these one-of-a-kind terrariums with vintage bottles topped with light bulbs.

Above: To create your own, choose a glass terrarium in your preferred size and shape; these options, along with other study glass varieties, can be found at Terrain.

Above: Smaller glasses, such as these recycled glass Bolla Glass Hanging Vases at Napa Style, make for delicate, mini terrariums.

Above: A layer of flat moss or river stones creates a breathable base at the bottom of the terrarium.

Above: In order to achieve exact precision when placing items inside, it is essential to use the proper tools; the Okubo Shears (L) and the Terrarium Rake (R), both from Terrain, are good options.


Above: For thorough advice and inspirational images, Tovah Martin and Kindra Clineff divulge the proper tools to use, maintenance tips, and seasonal ideas in their book, The New Terrarium.

For more ideas on creating a unique micro landscape of your own, check out Remodelista’s posts DIY: Tabletops Terrariums, Centro Garden in Ontario, and Hanging Terrariums and Vases.



Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe5 years ago

Terrariums have come a long way since I had one about 25 years ago!!

Now, I couldn't possibly have one since I have a cat who would tear it apart the first day!!

Gita Sasi Dharan
Gita Sasi Dharan5 years ago

Great! Thanks.

Wen Ping
Lea Thng5 years ago

Beautiful =)

Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Nina Anghel
Nina Anghel5 years ago

very beautiful.

aj M.
aj E5 years ago

would be nice.

Quanta Kiran
Quanta Kiran5 years ago


Tim Cheung
Tim C5 years ago


Isabel Ramirez
Isabel Ramirez5 years ago

thank you for sharing!:)