DIY Beach Terrarium

DIY Beach Terrarium

DIY Beach Terrarium

Posted by: Shamanta Cruz Category: How To's

Looking for another green DIY project? SuperMoss has got you covered! This time, it’s terrariums!

Terrariums are miniature gardens, often times planted in glass bowls or recycled vessels. They are mostly self-sustaining, therefor they require very little maintenance.  Terrariums also make an excellent addition to just about any countertop or office space.

Keep reading to learn how to make your own!

Along with our Beach Terrarium Kit, you will need:

  • Succulents (can be found at your local nursery)
  • Glass bowl or repurposed jar
  • Cactus soil

Step 1: Add White Sand to Bowl

White sand will be the base of your terrarium, adding to this beach-like aesthetic.  It will also be beneficial in aiding drainage, especially because most glass bowls do not come with a drainage hole.

Step 2: Next, place a layer of gravel onto the sand

Gravel will also add to the visual appearance of your terrarium. We recommend using a natural color for this project.

Research shows that this element is essential for stabilizing the soil conditions as well as aiding in drainage for potted plants. Without it, your plant will most likely experience root rot… so do not leave this step out!

Step 3: In comes the Sphagnum!

Preserved Sphagnum Moss is a terrarium essential! It has excellent water retention properties and its fluffy nature aids in soil aeration. Prior to application, you can mist the sphagnum to make it easier to work with. The sphagnum will also act as a barrier, preventing water from reaching the bottom of the bowl.

Step 4: Then, you will want to apply a layer of cactus soil

This will be your thickest layer. But be sure to not fill the bowl to the brim, as you will want to leave room for your succulents to grow.

Make sure to use cactus soil if planting succulents, as they will not receive proper drainage in regular potting soil. This soil can be found at your local nursery!

Step 5: Next,  plant the succulents in the soil!

There are so many varieties of succulents to choose from!  Here you will see we have chosen an echeveria succulent. Their flower-like design makes just about any arrangement stands out!

Succulents can be found at your local nursery or you can even take clippings from succulents you already have in your garden. This is a perfect environment for them to self-propagate in!

Note: make sure to poke holes in the soil after planting, this will ensure proper soil aeration and that water reaches all of the roots.

Step 6: Add decorative sea glass

SuperMoss Sea Glass serves as an excellent soil topper! This addition makes for a beachy look to your creation while also adding a pop of color to your terrarium!

Browse our Sea Glass selection here.

Step 7: Top it off with Reindeer Moss

In true SuperMoss fashion, top off your beach-style terrarium with Chartreuse Reindeer Moss!

Choose from a list of unique Reindeer Moss colors to spruce up your creation here.

A Word About Terrarium Care

  • Make sure to place your terrarium in a place that receives indirect sunlight. While succulents are known to favor full sun, oftentimes premature clipping will burn in full sunlight.
  • DO NOT OVER-WATER. This is the most important tip. Succulents prefer the soil to be completely dried out before watering. Additionally, because there is no drainage hole you will need to water even less than the average potted succulent.
  • Lastly, have fun with it!


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