Easy Mason Jar Terrariums

Hello friends! Erica here from Dwell Beautiful for 3rd Thursday of the month! Is it starting to defrost where you are yet? Seattle has actually been pretty nice so far (which is super rare for us this time of year) – there have actually been several days of sun and temps in the 60s! Break out the shorts! I’m super excited to share with you a springy little craft that is easy to do and makes an adorable impact – mason jar terrariums 🙂


These little terrariums are super quick to put together and a great activity for kids! They look great on desks and end tables or anywhere you need a little bit of greenery! Since I’m generally a plant killer I decided to go the faux route to make sure my mason jar terrariums would stay green all year round. If you’re a green thumb, feel free to do this with real plants (just remember to add some dirt). Let’s get started!

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Mason Jar Terrarium Materials

– Mason jar in any size you want

– Small rocks and pebbles

– Moss (faux or real)

– Assorted greenery and succulents (faux or real)

– Wire cutters (not pictured)

– Little figurines

Step 1

mason jar terrarium

Layer some small stones and pebbles on the bottom of your mason jar, filling it up about 1/3 of the way. If you are doing real plants instead of fake ones, reduce the amount of pebbles to 1/4 or 1/5 of the jar and put a layer of dirt on top of the rocks.

Step 2

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Next, take a little bit of moss and press it down on top of your pebbles. Only use a little as it’s really springy and takes up a lot of space! Just a little bit to completely cover your rocks will do!

Step 3

mason jar terrarium

Start adding in little bits of greenery and succulents, using your wire cutters to separate smaller pieces from the larger sprigs that you got from the craft store. Experiment with different sizes and arrangements and once you’re happy with where they’re at, press the stems gently through the moss and into the rocks. If this terrarium is something that a kid will be handling often, consider using a bit of hot glue to really adhere your greenery pieces so they don’t come loose!

Step 4

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If desired, take any little mini figurines you have and place them (or hot glue them) to the inside of your little scene. I chose a fun red moped for a cute and quirky addition! It would be totally fun to use mini characters from your kids’ favorite movies or shows and stick ’em in there 🙂

Since these are so quick to whip up and I had extra materials, I decided to make another, smaller mason jar terrarium, and one using and old candle jar. I’m really happy with how they turned out!

mason jar terrariums

My favorite might be the little garden gnome and the two lawn flamingos! Too. Cute.

mason jar terrarium

mason jar terrarium

mason jar terrarium

What would you put in your mason jar terrarium? Thanks so much to Susan for having me along and I’ll see you next month! Come drop by Dwell Beautiful sometime and say hello!


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  1. I just love this idea and oh fo fun to have a unexpected mini garden…but I must know where oh where did you find the moped ? I have a pink Vespa and I must make this ASAP. ..thank you for the inspiration

  2. Thank you so much for your kind words, Karen! I’m definitely jealous that you have a pink Vespa! How fun 🙂 I found the little moped figure at Michaels craft store – it was on an endcap with lots of other little miniature pieces you use for dollhouses and dioramas. Try looking for the wooden dollhouses and these minis should be somewhere nearby!

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  4. I came across this post when looking for mason jar terrarium projects for kids. How long do these last? Since you are not really planting the succulents and you aren’t using any soil, I assume the plants die soon. Is that correct?

  5. Where do you get your mini figurines?
    I’m new to the mason jar diy’s and I’m interested in them ☺️
    Any places other than micheals

    1. Hi Melanie, I didn’t make this project but my best guess would be craft stores like Hobby Lobby, Joanns or Micheals. When I googled it, Etsy, ebay and amazon came up in the search. Check those sources online.


  6. These are adorable! I may just have to try this soon. I may even try to do some on a slightly larger scale. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  7. I’m loving the mini garden gnome and pink flamingoes in your terrarium! This is such a great idea. I love live succulents but honestly can’t tell the difference in real or fake ones most the time.
    Thank you for sharing your ideas at the #HomeMattersParty this week. Hope to see you link up again on Friday!

  8. My kiddo loves making terrariums… fun idea! Thanks for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday. You’ll be one of my features this week, so I hope you’ll join us again at Thursday 9 pm EST.

  9. Mason jars + terrariums are perfection! I love this little project! Thank you for linking up to The Creative Exchange. We will be featuring your project this week!

  10. I love this! So beautiful and pretty! Thanks for sharing at #bloggerspotlight this week, I choose you as one of the features, so come back tonight to check it out.

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