Thrift-shop terrarium centerpiece


Last week, for the first time, I ventured into a thrift-shop that was literally around the block from my house. I’m not sure why it took my so long to go inside, but I was pleasantly surprised and took home an armful of puzzles, a vintage top, an awesome purse, and a bag of Mega Blocks. I also found out that on Tuesdays, everything is 50% off! This week I went in there and bout a vase, a glass bowl, a crystal tea cup, a wicker platter/basket, and some odds and ends. I knew exactly what I was going to do with the glassware – make a terrarium!

Terrariums have been a trendy DIY project for a while, but I hadn’t participated in it as of yet. Finally, with an abundance of baby succulents growing in my garden and a renewed interested in pinned terrariums, I decided to look into it a bit more and give it a go.

Directions and care instructions after the jump!


  • a vessel of some kind – just make sure you can get your hand in there
  • Succulents
  • Gravel – check out the fish department at Wal-mart, you can find all kinds of colored gravel and it’s much cheaper than in the craft department
  • Moss (I found a bag at the Dollar Store)
  • Soil (cactus soil is best)
  • Optional – decorative rocks and trinkets

I had the succulents soil already, so with my thrift-shop haul, gravel, rocks, and moss, I spent about $8, for all 3 of the terrariums pictures, and I have plenty left for to make more!



  • Carefully pour gravel into the bottom of your vessel, this allows for plenty of drainage for your drought-friendly succulents. I’ve read about an inch or so of gravel works well.
  • Add your soil. I like to add just a little water if the soil is very dry and dusty, it makes it easier to work with.
  • Carefully plant your succulents, be sure not to over-crowd your plants since they will grow larger and some will spread as well.
  • Top with decorative moss, rocks, and other trinkets


  • Keep in a sunny place (bright, but not in direct light is good)
  • Lightly water every week or two, depending on your plant. Soil should not remain wet.
  • Plants may need to be replanted after several months

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