How to Make a Glass Globe Terrarium | diy succulent dish garden #michaelsmakers

How to Make a Glass Globe Terrarium | diy succulent dish garden #michaelsmakers

How to Make a Glass Globe Terrarium – DIY Succulent Dish Garden #michaelsmakers | My favorite gifts to give, and receive, are those that keep on giving well after the holidays have past. You can never go wrong with living plants in my book. Especially succulents – which are easy to maintain and require very little care.

How to Make a Glass Globe Terrarium | #michaelsmakers Today’s project not only includes these marvelous plants, that I simply adore, but provides a cozy glass home for them to thrive and grow. The glass globe terrariums are incredibly easy to put together and require just one skill – glueing!

These succulent dish gardens were created for the Michaels Makers December theme of handmade holiday gifts and creative gift wrapping ideas. That means all of the supplies needed to create the glass globe terrariums can be picked up right at your local Michaels. Of course you’ll also have to stop by your local garden center for the live plants and dirt.

How to Make a Glass Terrarium #michaelsmakers How to Make a Glass Globe Terrarium
Materials Needed:
Libbey® Glass Bubble Ball Bowl, 5 inch
Wood Turning Shapes-Ball Finial Dowel Caps, 15/16″ X 1/4″
Elmer’s ProBond Advanced
Minwax Wood Stain or Paint

Additional Supplies Needed: Loctite Mounting Putty, Sharpie Marker

To Fill the Terrarium:
Sphagnum Moss
Activated Charcoal
Cactus Soil
Succulent Plants

How to Make a Glass Succulent Terrarium #michaelsmakersStep One: Use the mounting putty to position the dowel caps onto the side of the glass globe.

It takes a little maneuvering to get the wooden dowel caps placed correctly – so the mounting putty is only temporarily used to get the placement right and create some guidelines.

DIY Glass Bowl Terrariums #michaelsmakersStep Two: Use a Sharpie to mark the placement of the wooden dowels,  inside the glass globe.

Don’t worry about the Sharpie marks – they easily wipe right off the glass with a little bit of cleaner.

DIY Glass Terrariums #michaelsmakersStep Three: Remove the mounting putty from the wooden dowel caps, making sure to remove any residue left behind.

To prevent the glass globe from rolling around, sit it on top of a wide rimmed cup or bowl with the Sharpie marks facing up.

Attach the wooden caps to the glass bowl with the Elmer’s ProBond Advanced. This glue is made to bond two different mediums together – like glass and wood.  I highly recommend this specific brand for this project.

DIY Glass Terrarium #michaelsmakersThe glue grabs quickly and dries clear so you don’t have to worry about any messes.

Since there is no ‘clamping’ – I suggest to let the glue sit, dry and cure for 24 hours.

Make your own Glass Terrarium #michaelsmakersStep Four: Once the glue has completely dried stain or paint the wooden dowel caps.

DIY Terrarium #michaelsmakersOpen terrariums are perfect for sun loving plants that prefer a dry environment – like succulents and cacti.

Succulents have shallow root systems so I picked up a few minis at our local garden center to tuck in the glass globes.

Echeveria Minima Succulent #michaelsmakersEcheveria Minima

Echeveria Dondo Succulent #michaelsmakersEcheveria Dondo

Crassula Calico Kitten Succulent #michaelsmakersCrassula Calico Kitten

Vera Higgins Succulent #michaelsmakersVera Higgins

Donkey Tail Burrito Succulent #michaelsmakersDonkey Tail Burrito

Planting a Terrarium #michaelsmakersThere are many successful soils for succulents as they are not real fussy plants. You can make your own using equal parts of potting soil and pumice or perlite – or simply use pre-mixed Cactus Soil.

How to Plant Succulents #michaelsmakersThe only other materials needed are some pebbles (to aid in drainage), charcoal (to keep the terrarium fresh) and sphagnum moss (to filter the soil).

Begin by filling the container with a layer of pebbles. The pebbles on the bottom allow for good drainage and prevent root rot.

Next add a layer of Sphagnum Moss. The moss will allow water to drain while providing a barrier to prevent your soil from settling down into the rocks.

Then sprinkle a light layer of activated charcoal. This is optional. The addition of charcoal filters the air and keeps it fresh. Activated Charcoal is generally used in aquarium filters and can be found in pet stores.

Succulent Terrarium #michaelsmakersFinally fill the container with the soil and tuck in those gorgeous succulents.

DIY Glass Succulent Terrarium #michaelsmakersThe two key elements for succulent success are a sunny location and light watering.

These terrariums will only need a teaspoon of water every month.

Homemade Gift Idea DIY Succulent Terrarium #michaelsmakers

How to Plant a Succulent Terrarium #micahelsmakers Sometimes simple homemade gifts are the best gifts of all.

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How to Make a Glass Globe Terrarium | diy succulent dish garden #michaelsmakers


  1. I love succulents, and this is such a beautiful way to showcase them. Thank you!

  2. I was happy to see this great post. I was just thinking earlier this week that I wanted a glass container project with succulents !
    Beautiful pictures and a lovely finished product.

  3. It’s SO pretty! Chicks and hens are pretty much the only plant I can keep alive and this is such a great idea. I love that you included instructions to add the little legs to the outside 🙂


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