How to create your own succulent terrarium #LowesCreator

Disclosure: I’m a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network. I was given a Lowe’s gift card to complete this project for a home decorating challenge. All opinions and ideas expressed are 100% my own.


I am so far from having a green thumb.  I kill all plants.  I forget to water them and sometimes forget to give them light.  Good thing I don’t forget to feed my kids!  Maybe if the plants screamed they were thirsty they’d stand a better chance.  To help keep my house looking pretty, I decided to try my hand at some succulents.  In the past I tried to keep an aloe vera alive and failed…but I *think* I could do it this time.

Here’s how I created a fun succulent terrarium out of items I had around the house and picked up at Lowe’s.


  • Container, I used large glass vases I had gotten flowers in years ago.
  • Pretty succulents that are small enough to fit inside the containers
  • Soil for cactus (the woman at Lowe’s said it was important to get this specialized soil. I bought Cactus, Palm & Citrus Soil at her recommendation)
  • Rocks for drainage
  • *Optional* decorative rocks
  • *if you have cactus* tongs to pick up and place them to save yourself from getting poked.



  1. It’s really all about layering.  First put a layer of rock.  I used decorative blue-ish rocks to match my kitchen.
  2. Next layer some soil.
  3. Next layer is more rocks.  I used a small bag of rocks I picked up in the garden center at Lowe’s.
  4. Time for more dirt and your plants.  I put a little bit of dirt, placed my plants and then added more dirt around them until it was filled as high as I needed.
  5. I added a few decorative rocks on top to match the bottom.

Having the layers of rock and dirt help to keep the water from staying in the dirt and keeping your succulents too wet.  If you just put dirt you could have problems and your plants die.


You’ll be happy to know it has now been several months since I created this terrarium and they plants are still alive!  I forget to water them for at least a week at a time, but they have still lived!  Yay!  I have them sitting on a shelf in my kitchen window (which I’ll be showing you how to make next month, so stay tuned!)



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