A Mason Jar Terrarium!!! 3 Easy Steps!

Mason Jar Terrarium DIY

I have been swooning over all the pretty hanging glass terrariums for months now, so I decided it was time to make my own!  Because I haven’t mastered the art of glass blowing just yet I had to get a bit creative.  Enter the ever faithful Mason Jar!!!  This ended up being one of my favorite projects, not to mention one of the most simple.  As you will see in this post, these beautiful terrariums are achieved in only 3 steps!

The supplies you will need:

Terrarium Supplies
  • Mason Jars in various sizes
  • Diamond Tip large round drill bit – (I bought mine on Amazon, here is the link to the bit I purchased. Diamond Coating Tip Glass Tile Hole Saw, 70mm)
  • Gloves
  • Bowl of water
  • Potting Soil
  • Succulents
  • Wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Fishing Line
  • Screw Eye Hooks
  • Cardboard or Old Towel
  • Paper Bag
  • Sheet Moss (optional)

Cutting The Hole In Your Jar

The first Step is cutting a hole in the your jar for your succulents be exposed.  The hole is what gives your jar that signature terrarium look.  Aren’t you SOOO excited to cut a hole in glass?  I know I was!  Watch my video below to learn exactly how it is done.

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Planting Your Succulent

Planting A Succulant

Simply fill the bottom of your jar with a small amount of potting soil.  Now if you have ever planted succulents before you probably still have nightmares from the prickly little fellas.  This trick will save you from those woes again.  Take a small piece of a paper bag, wrap it around the succulent as you lift it into the jar.  The paper bag acts as barrier between you and the needles.  I don’t know why but it works!  If you didn’t believe in magic before you will after!

Next, use a little sheet moss as a decorative element around the top of the potting soil around your plant.

Hanging Your Terrarium



  • Use a bit of wire to create two loops on either side of the mouth of your jar.  This is done by making a large loop and then twisting a smaller loop on one side.
  • On the other side of your jar, join the two loose edges of the wire by twisting them together to create your second loop.
  • Snip off the excess wire with your wire cutters.
  • Insert the screw eye hooks in your ceiling in your desired location
  • Last, tie fishing line to the each of your wire loops and then to your ceiling hook.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure you have made several knots in your fishing line, and pulled it VERY tight before cutting off your excess. Otherwise it will come unraveled.  
Mason Jar Terrarium After

I have decided to put these beautiful succulent terrariums in my master bathroom.  They have added a very soothing spa like element to the space. If you are a fan of what you see here please share with your friends!

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