How to Make a Winter-Inspired Terrarium

Create a small winter garden scene for your tabletop that looks like it's been freshly sprinkled with snow.
Winter Terrarium Centerpiece

Winter Terrarium Centerpiece

Display a winter-inspired terrarium at the center of your Christmas dinner table.

Materials Needed:

  • large glass orb or egg-shaped glass vessel
  • cedar cones or any small pine cones
  • garden trowel
  • small rosemary plant or pine saplings
  • mix of green, white and red plants (suggested: polka dot plant and splash red and white hypoestes
  • small metallic Christmas ornaments, ribbon, etc. (optional)

Add Soil

Fill the bottom third of your glass vessel with fresh dirt, pushing slightly up around the sides to create craters for fresh plants.

Winter Terrarium Materials

Winter Terrarium Materials

Gather materials to make a winter terrarium centerpiece, including soil, a glass bowl, pine cones and green and red plants.

Place Plants

Place rosemary or pine saplings towards the back, building height and a point of focus. If needed, carefully separate larger plant bunches into smaller sections, placing around the rosemary and filling in with extra dirt once it's placed. Cut or tuck any longer stems to keep your garden scape neatly contained in the vessel.

Add Plants

Add Plants

Add red and green plants to add color to your winter-inspired terrarium.

Add Remaining Plants

Add in cedar cones and additional holiday flair as desired. Get creative, and place small ornaments or ribbon for festive flair. With a wet paper towel, wipe the inside and outside of the vessel. To make these as gifts, make individual-sized terrariums.

Winter Terrarium Centerpiece

Winter Terrarium Centerpiece

Display a small winter terrarium at the center of your Christmas dinner table.

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