DIY Thursday: Air Plant Terrarium

As we wait for other plants to bloom in Spring, you can bring your home in to bloom with an Air Plant Terrarium.

Even though I do have a green thumb and have planted all types of plants and even have grown peppers, etc. in pots on my porch, this is a perfect project for plant friendly people and those who are not.

This interesting project is in credit of Hipster Home.

Dos and Don’ts


Do use sand or small pebbles; these are good because water drains through them easily. (Wet soil will get moldy in a confined area. You don’t want this.)

Do use Tillandsia, also known as air plants; these are a great choice for terrariums because they take all the nutrients they need from the air and a small amount of water. No roots means no wet soil which means no mold. You can buy tillandsia at garden stores or online.

Do choose preserved moss instead of live moss. Preserved moss isn’t living, but it will hold moisture; this moisture raises the humidity level in the terrarium, which makes the tillandsia happy. You can find sheet moss, reindeer moss, and other preserved mosses at garden and floral stores.

Do keep your terrarium in partial sunlight.

Do give your terrarium some water. The tillandsia is alive and will need a small amount of water to stay that way. Water it by either removing it and soaking it in water once a week or, using a spray bottle, give it a small spritz of water every week or two. Pour out any excess water.

Do feel free to use little rocks, pieces of glass, or any other bits of things to help give your terrarium character.


Don’t use soil. Again, you don’t want a soupy, moldy terrarium. That would be gross.

Don’t use live moss. Moss is really picky and isn’t likely to survive well in this environment.

Don’t keep your terrarium in the dark.

Don’t keep your terrarium in full sunlight, either.

How To:

You’ll need a few tools to make a tiny terrarium but nothing complicated to get started.

Glass Vessel


Preserved sheet moss, Reindeer moss, and Tillandsia

We’ll use sand as a substrate for the terrarium.


Take a sheet of the preserved moss and put in the vessel. Tear off a pieces of reindeer moss and add this, as well.

Put a tillandsia in the vessel, pushing the smaller end in first. Position the different elements to look nice together and add more moss or rocks if you’d like. Be patient and experiment with different arrangements.

Any other found objects, like rocks, sticks, marbles, etc., would also be fun.

And voilà! You have a lovely terrarium.