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Recycled Indoor Terrarium

Turn a small space into an indoor garden. Create your own Recycled Indoor Terrarium from Tiffany Windsor using glass containers and discarded jewelry. Add ribbon and other trim to the outside of the jar to make it extra special. Going green has never been so easy and fun!

Recycled Indoor Terrarium


  • Aleene’s Tacky Dot Singles
  • Glass containers (jars, vases, bowls)
  • Small pebbles
  • Activated charcoal
  • Terrarium soil (fine potting soil)
  • Small plants (air plants, succulents, small ferns)
  • Moss
  • Trims (ribbons, jewelry, embellishments)


  1. Select your glass bowl, jar or vase. Traditional terrariums are tall and deep and you only plant about 5″ up from the bottom. However, I could not find that size glass container at my local thrift stores, so, I decided to select this candy bowl.

    Recycled Indoor Terrarium
  2. Fill the bottom of your glass container with about 1/2″ pebbles. (I purchased mine from my local pet store.)

    Recycled Indoor Terrarium
  3. Cover the pebbles with a layer of activated charcoal (also purchased from my local pet store but you can also find in garden department at local hardware store.)

    Recycled Indoor Terrarium
  4. Select the plants for your indoor garden. Air plants, small ferns and succulents make nice choices.

    Recycled Indoor Terrarium
  5. Fill in around plants with terrarium soil (fine potting soil).

    Recycled Indoor Terrarium
  6. If desired, tuck some moss around plants.

    Recycled Indoor Terrarium
  7. To decorate my glass container, I used Aleene’s Tacky Dot Singles to hold my ribbon in place.

    Recycled Indoor Terrarium
  8. Just adhere a Tacky Dot about every 3″ to the back of the ribbon.

    Recycled Indoor Terrarium
  9. To add the finishing touch, I glued a piece of jewelry over my knotted ribbon. Enjoy your indoor garden!

    Recycled Indoor Terrarium


For a comprehensive video tutorial of this project, check out How to Make an Indoor Garden Terrarium.

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I love terrariums, they're such a good way to bring nature inside, especially when you're stuck inside all winter. I can't wait to make one!


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