First-time gardeners will love this easy DIY terrarium project.

Succulents are now trending – having your own DIY terrarium filled with two or three variants will definitely add colour to your craft space.

Children can test their green thumbs on this fun and easy project, as succulents are known to be fuss-free plants that simply requires a whole lot of sunshine, but very little watering.

DIY succulent terrarium

Skill level: Easy

Time required: 15 mins

1 Layer glass jar an inch high with pebbles. This provides good drainage for your terrarium.

2 Top off with soil. Spritz with water until moist.

3 Select a few succulents that will fit into the jar. Water the plans lightly to loosen the soil.


4 Turn plant upside down and gently remove from pot. Lightly scrunch the existing soil at the bottom so that it will better adapt to its new home.

5 Place plant gently in the jar.

6 Repeat steps three to five to add another succulent.

7 Add more soil to level out the terrarium. Let the plants adjust; wait for about a week before watering. Avoid deep watering for now. A light spritz on the surface will do.

Growing happy succulents

1. All cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti. Nevertheless, succulents are desert plants and need as much sun as possible. If you’re growing yours indoors, place it near the window and let it soak up the sun for up to six hours a day.

2. In our humid climate, let succulents dry out thoroughly between waterings. Ideally, you should water them at least once a week. During each watering, give the soil a good soaking, so that water runs out of the drainage holes of the pots.

3. Not all succulents are the same. Some may thrive indoors while others do better outdoors. Start with the greener ones as they are likely to survive better indoors.

4. Succulents in the purple and orange colour family do better outdoors.

5. Too much light can scorch your plant. If it has a bleached-out look, or if its plump leaves are turning yellow or orange, this could be one of the reasons.

6. If your plant is receiving too little light, it might look like it is stretching out from the growing point at its centre. When moving your plant to a brighter light source, make the transition slowly to prevent scorching.

7. In most cases, however, it is normal for a plant to slowly grow towards the light. Try rotating its pot to have it grow in a more balanced fashion.

8. To keep succulents healthy, repot every year or so.

Lee Mei Li crafts and blogs at amiguruMEI.com. E-mail her at star2@thestar.com.my.