How to Make Terrarium Ornaments

Deck the halls with this gorgeous living ornament.

DIY Terrarium Ornament

This lush ornament couldn't be easier to make and adds a touch of green to your home long after the holidays have passed.

You Will Need

Clear plastic or glass ornaments / moss / other low-growing terrarium plants of your choice – we’re using baby’s tears (Helxine soleirolii) / small rocks or pebbles / potting soil / tweezers / spoon / funnel

Step 1: Add Rocks

Remove the lid from the clear ornament and add a small layer of rocks, using a funnel to assist if needed. Note: Go easy on the rocks—too many will make your ornament too heavy to hang.

Step 2: Add Soil

Cover the rock layer with potting soil.

Step 3: Choose and Divide Your Terrarium Plant

For this project, choose a low- and slow-growing shade plant like baby's tears (Helxine soleirolii). To divide baby's tears, gently pull apart small sections.

Step 4: Add Your Plant

Using tweezers, gently add your chosen plant to the terrarium.

Step 5: Add Moss

Add moss to the terrarium. You can also add more plants if desired, but be careful not to overcrowd.

Step 6: Arrange Your Ornament

Use the tweezers to arrange the plants in the soil.

Step 7: Water Your Ornament

Add a spoonful of water, then reattach the ornament lid. The water should ideally sink to the bottom through the rocks, then slowly begin to condensate or "rain" inside your terrarium. If there's too much water, remove the lid and let some of the water evaporate.

Step 8: Decorate

Use ribbon to add a bow to the base of the lid and to create a hook for hanging.

Step 9: Hang Your Ornament

Your living ornament is now ready to hang on your Christmas tree. These handmade ornaments also make great additions to your holiday mantel or centerpiece.

An Ornament For All Seasons

Once the holidays have passed, hang or place your terrarium near a window until next year.

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