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.