Terrarium: models and ideas to create a mini garden

More and more sought after, terrariums are practical options that everyone can do at home to set up their own mini garden.

After all, what is a terrarium?

The terrarium is a small garden mounted delicately and judiciously within a given container, be it open or closed, usually glass or ceramic. Ideal for small apartments that do not hold pots with plants and for those who can not devote to the necessary care that a plant or a bonsai require.

The base of a terrarium always begins with stones, pebbles or gravel, followed by one or more layers of earth or sand.

Plant species can vary according to purpose and whether the terrarium will receive direct or diffuse natural light.

Types of Terrarium

Open terrarium

The open terrarium is one where the container has no lid, evaporation of water is normal as in any other type of vessel.

Terrarium closed

The enclosed terrarium may have its own ecosystem, where evaporation of water returns in the form of moisture and micro droplets that water the plants, a small-scale analogy to the cycle on the planet.

60 inspirations from different terrariums

For easy viewing, we separate beautiful references from different models of terrariums to get inspired and start making yours. After seeing all the photos, at the end of the post you can also watch the videos with step by step tutorials.

Picture 1 - What about transforming your aquarium into a garden full of life?

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They are a combination of plants with other decorative objects in relatively small containers, fully open and whose purpose is to simulate a miniature garden inside your house.

Picture 2 - Reuse some accessories that you own in your house to mount a terrarium.

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Picture 3 - This piece made of wood with details in glass has the shape of house that can decorate your balcony or living room.

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If you opt for a mini garden with a vase a little bigger or in a piece like that, you can position it on the balcony, in the corner of the room or even use it as a decorative vase in open areas.

Picture 4 - It is possible to insert some miniature dolls to leave the terrarium more realistic.

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Picture 5 - Use your cake port to mount a terrarium.

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Picture 6 - For those who love glass pots and their variations.

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To mount your mini terrarium, choose a glass container - ideally it is very beautiful and decorative.

Picture 7 - Embellish your terrarium with the threads of light.

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Image 8 - Beautiful composition made with design objects.

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Image 9 - Another idea is to use the closed glass pots to mount this composition on your bench.

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Picture 10 - The stand with straight lines also has its charm is perfect for Scandinavian style decoration.

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Of the great combinations of plants, the cacti are the most used, accompanied by the nice succulents.

Image 11 - Succulents are strong plants, however, they require a certain care due to their sensitivity to moisture.

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If your pretense is to keep the terrarium indoors, it should be mounted in a glass container. Succulents do not like excess water, so you should wet the pot only when the substrate is dry or use a spray to soak only the leaves.

Picture 12 - You can mount it with some colored elements, such as sand or stone with a color of your own.

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This terrarium was made with yellow gravel, stones of small and medium size and succulent.

Picture 13 - The bottom of the sea can be the inspiration to mount a terrarium.

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For those who want to be inspired by this theme, do not forget to insert natural sand and small shells to complement this scenario. Try to leave it somewhere in sight, such as office desks or home office desk.

Image 14 - Terrarium model with geometric format.

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Picture 15 - Leave a treat in your office or home office.

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Leaving over magazines or stacked books is a decorating technique that has no error! In addition to leaving the terrarium in evidence, it brings the touch of the green into space without much care.

Image 16 - Terrarium in shape of heart in geometric model.

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Picture 17 - To highlight the terrarium in the environment, lean it on a taller wooden stand.

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Image 18 - Pendant with several geometric terrariums.

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Image 19 - Geometric pieces are a trend in decoration, a great option to start decorating.

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In very delicate terrariums or with the opening of the container very small, try to use tweezers so that each plant and object stays in its proper place. This mini garden should reflect peace and harmony in the environment, so every detail is fundamental!

Image 20 - Small terrarium suspended.

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Picture 21 - Make a composition on your coffee table with terrariums in pieces of glass.

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Picture 22 - Another very popular idea is the use of bulbs to mount mini terrariums.

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The composition of several mini terrariums is charming and elegant for a small venue.

Image 23 - Terrarium with starfish.

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Image 24 - Macrame is a technique wired manually and can be an option to hang the terrarium.

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Picture 25 - The terrarium in the decoration is a way to express your personal style.

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For those who have little time, live in apartments and likes plants, terrariums are a way to take some of the green into the house without worrying much about maintenance.

Image 26 - Gift someone with a terrarium in the pot.

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These small pots can be found at any packaging store or you can re-use a container of food that you have at home. Just buy the materials and assemble the terrarium according to the personality of the person. They are also a simple and inexpensive alternative to gifting someone.

Image 27 - Model of terrarium with stones.

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Image 28 - Models of large terrariums.

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Picture 29 - Decoration of the terrarium with Christmas theme.

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Image 30 - Terrarium with cacti.

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Picture 31 - The decorative lantern can turn into a terrarium.

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Image 32 - Terrarium with flamingos.

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Image 33 - Terrarium with blue stone.

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Image 34 - Stone lovers can choose their favorite type to enter in the terrarium.

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If you want to leave your environment energized, leave your stones on this mini garden. There is no better place to store them!

Image 35 - Decorate a white wall with suspended terrariums.

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Image 36 - Pendant lamps with terrarium.

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Image 37 - At the time of setting up a terrarium, a crucial step is the drawing of the design of the layers.

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Picture 38 - With several possible sizes, it can be suitable to any location.

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Image 39 - Terrarium in porcelain canister.

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Image 40 - A set of pendants gives movement and is a way of inserting nature into space.

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The terrariums add beauty to the setting and enhance the natural appearance of ornamental plants. Depending on how you organize your terrarium, it can become a piece of art in the environment.

Image 41 - The set of plants, layers of earth, stone and gravel make the terrarium a decorative element attractive and interesting.

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You can also choose other types of plants a little higher and thus elaborate a different composition.

Picture 42 - It can be mounted in lower container as well.

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Picture 43 - Or in unusual pieces, with different formats and bold design.

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Image 44 - Mini terrariums with succulents.

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For those of small size, place them on top of shelves, sideboards, coffee tables or bedside tables.

Image 45 - It is also possible to make a terrarium completely enclosed, creating a small ecosystem.

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Picture 46 - Colored terrarium.

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Image 47 - Terrarium mounted on a cube.

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Image 48 - Trend in decoration: terrarium and copper.

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Image 49 - Terrarium with white sand / gravel.

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Image 50 - Close the terrarium with the cork lid.

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If it's a humid tropical terrarium - those that are closed and with tropical plants imitating a mini tropical forest - it's important to check if it's in balance with respect to moisture.

Image 51 - Prismatic terrarium.

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This model of terrarium is ideal to decorate a more youthful corner, after all, its geometric format is totally timeless and combines with a concrete environment or burnt cement.

Image 52 - Models of container for terrarium.

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Following the same proposal as the previous model, now in another format.

Image 53 - Terrarium in drop format.

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Picture 54 - It is possible to mount a simple terrarium in a modern and bold glass container.

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Image 55 - Miniature of terrarium.

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Image 56 - Use the glass gauges to mount the terrariums.

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Image 57 - Plants and flowers for terrarium.

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Image 58 - Leave your terrarium with children's air.

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Recreate squares, woods and paths with the presence of people, animals, cars and houses. Let your imagination flow and put the kids together to ride this mini garden!

Image 59 - Terrarium with buddha.

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Image 60 - Terrarium in a long container.

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Main types and species of plants used in terrariums

1. Avenca

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2. Bromelia

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3. Cacti

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4. Moss-carpet

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5. Orchids

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6. Jade Plant

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7. Tillandsia

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8. African Violet

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How to make a terrarium step by step

Now that you've checked dozens of references to creative terrariums, let's learn the step-by-step techniques you need to set up one at home. They are simple and cheap tips that can make all the difference when decorating. Watch below:

1. Step by step to make a succulent terrarium

In this video of the magazine Artesanato Magazine, the professional landscaper teaches to mount a terrarium with succulents - the necessary materials are: tools, granitina (pebbles), pebble of river, land mixed with sand, the succulents, an aquarium of approximately 20cm in diameter and finishing parts. The first step is to distribute the granitin in the aquarium, then remove the succulents from the vessels and insert them into the aquarium. Next, make the necessary adjustments and place the decorative items. Watch the video:

2. How to make a closed terrarium

3. DIY Geometric Terrarium

4. Make yourself a mini terrarium

5. Learn how terrariums with bulbs are made

6. Step by step to make a suspended terrarium