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Make: A DIY Mason Jar Terrarium

Another Earth Day has come and gone, but I hate to see a party end…so I decided to do a little Easter green redecorating with some extra jam jars I found lying around the house. Here’s a SUPER quick DIY terrarium project that’s GREAT to do with kids and only takes a few minutes!

To make your own DIY mason jar terrarium you’ll need:


  • A little dirt
  • A few greens from the yard, moss, or seedlings
  • An old jar
  • Plants!


  • Paint (to paint the jar lids)
  • A handful of rocks, sand, or shells
  • Small toys, legos, decorated blocks, etc.

Couldn’t be easier right??? Simply grab a jar, cover the bottom with small rocks, gravel, or sand. Throw some unfertilized soil in (this is best as you don’t really want your plants to grow bigger than the jar!) Dig small holes for the plants you’ve selected (see below for a list of good choices). Water it LIGHTLY before putting on lid (do not mist). The terrarium should retain moisture, so rewatering won’t be necessary, but check the soil periodically to be safe.

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Condensation is normal, and should not be wiped off. For further maintenance, ventilate every two weeks or so, airing out the terrarium for a few hours and lightly watering – then place the lid back on and you’re good to go! It’s as simple as that!

A few perfect plants that will thrive in DIY terrariums are:

  • African violets
  • Artillery ferns
  • False aralias
  • Jade plants
  • Miniature peperomias
  • Nerve plants
  • Oxalis
  • Pink polka dot plants
  • Prayer plant
  • Small ferns
  • Small peace lilies
  • Small philodendrons
  • Spider plants
  • Strawberry begonias
  • Swedish ivy.

Since I recognized only about 1 in 6 of these plants (and wanted to get this done in the same afternoon) I used some small herbs, a small succulent, and a couple of handfuls of moss from the backyard – so far (famous last words) they are THRIVING.

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You can so easily tweak this to your own liking –  for kids this is a tiny world they’ve created and there are SO many ways for them to make it their own.

This particular set was made especially for my room, which I consider to be my beachy outdoor sanctuary away from the beach…and with a couple of TINY changes, these terrariums became perfect little spots of green. A spray-painted top and bottom layer of shells made them perfectly suitable for use as bookends, paperweights, or just pretty little desk/windowsill accessories. They’re a great reminder that life can flourish even in the tiniest of confined spaces!

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…I HAVE to SAY though –  if I were 6 again….well I’d LOVE to think I would have taped a My Little Pony or Care Bears cloudscape to the back of the jar….thrown a couple of action figures in…with some Neverland-ish looking plants…and waited with bated breath for my tiny world to come alive…

Send us pics of the creative terrariums YOU’VE come up with or tag us with @barleyandbirch !

And to help shake off the winter dust and get back in the spirit of the great outdoors, here are some tunes to terrarium to…happy planting!

  • MIGHTY – Lord Huron
  • WILDFLOWERS – Tom Petty
  • GREAT LAKES – Harlan Pepper
  • THISTLED SPRING – Horse Feathers
  • IN THE STREAM – S. Carey
  • RAGGED WOOD – Fleet Foxes
  • SPIRIT VOICES – Paul Simon
  • SWIM UNTIL YOU CAN’T SEE LAND —  The Frightened Rabbits
  • THESE ARE THE DAYS – Van Morrison
  • LA MARIPOSA – The Powder Kegs
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About Amanda Eldridge

With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help families discover their creative potential and be inspired to make the world a better place through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. When not playing with ideas, designs and projects for barley & birch, Amanda enjoys working as a modern art curator and managing her own small design business.

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  1. Pat from PetitePlants says:

    Very decorative! I love terrariums.

    I like the moss terrariums, since the plants are a good scale for the space, and they want the conditions they are likely to get there, (relatively low light, and high moisture.)

    Nice pictures!

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