DIY A Mason Jar Terrarium Like This!

Last updated on December 28th, 2022

A terrarium is a container for indoor gardening that houses plants. It is of two types: open and closed terrariums. An open terrarium has an opening allowing air and water to escape. On the other hand, closed terrariums have closed systems, and they come with a lid. The Latin words “terra” (earth) and “arium” make up the word “terrarium” (place or receptacle).

Even for those who consider themselves to be “plant-challenged,” terrariums are fantastic gifts. No matter how big it is, a terrarium will have four layers: gravel, moss, mud, and plants.

What are Mason Jar Terrariums?

Terrariums in mason jars make wonderful presents for teachers. They also make the best housewarming presents or as a means to brighten a friend’s day. Even a habitual plant killer can sustain one of these since they survive in neglect. Based on the plants used, these jar terrariums are cheap and tend to last for many years.

How to Make Your Own Mason Jar Terrarium:

You’ll need a spraying bottle or a mister to DIY a mason jar terrarium. You’ll, of course, require a mason jar or a glass jar with a lid that screws on, some moss, and a few small plants. Let’s move on to the actual steps!

Get Your Jar Ready

If you use a strong soap or glass cleaner, be careful to thoroughly rinse the jar afterward and allow it to dry out completely. Next, lay it on top of a smooth surface while ensuring that the center disc is firmly affixed to the lid.

Saturate the Soil

Your plant’s pot or cell should be removed after dampening the potting soil, being intentional not to tug it out by the top. If the plant is being removed from a pot, delicately squeeze the sides while tapping it, and the plant will slide out and tip into your hand. Squeeze the bottom of the cell pack and slide the plant out if it is in one. If the plant is bound by its roots, roughen it up by scraping or shredding it at the base.

Set up the Plant

Before putting the plant in the jar’s lid, squeeze the root ball. The root should be well packed, and if at all possible, all of the root hairs must be covered with soil. For the root ball to be mounded yet not overflow, press it firmly into the lid.

Include the Moss

Tiny pieces of moss should be pressed onto the soil surrounding the plant to create a beautiful, lush mound, giving the jar terrarium a complete appearance. Keep the moss as far away from the plant’s crown as possible.

Test the Jar’s Fit

Pushing the leaves and branches up will help them fit into the jar. Carefully corral the plant’s branches and leaves. With your fingertips, lightly press the foliage into the bottle as you set it over the plant. The jar could be turned to adjust. If you can, keep turning it until the lid’s threads catch.

Decorate YourTerrarium

Any fantastic terrarium plants that fit may be used. Place shells, stones, small figures, or other items that will withstand the humid environment to give your terrarium a quirky or decorative touch. By gathering mementos from trips and adding them to terrariums, you can make “memory-based” terrariums.

Maintain Your Terrarium

Try to give it ample indirect light, but keep away from direct sunlight. Although you should check the soil every now and then to make sure it’s moist but not soggy, you might not need to water it for several months. Leave the jar uncovered for a few hours to permit the soil to air out a little if you notice a lot of condensation on it.

In a Nutshell

A terrarium can be used for a variety of things. It might be produced solely for aesthetic purposes, scientific research, or plant reproduction. With just a few simple, inexpensive materials, including a variety of glass jars that make stunning DIY terrarium vessels, you can set up a basic terrarium in an hour or two. To learn more about terrariums and DIY planters, head over to!