Learn how to create your own DIY geometric glass terrarium filled with faux plants! This easy tutorial will walk you through the steps to creating your own unique terrarium arrangement for your next home accent piece – all without the worry of watering and maintaining your plants.
I’ve been wanting to create my own faux terrarium for some time as I have a particularly poor green thumb. I’ve been known to overwater succulents and underwater houseplants so I tend to stick to throwing wildflower seeds about outside when it comes to planting.
I also wanted a terrarium for a rather dim room in my home which never seems to work out in my favor. So rather than buy a live terrarium I decided to create my own custom DIY geometric glass terrarium using rocks, orchid bark, preserved moss and fake flowers.
I kind of winged this project as I’d never tried creating a terrarium using fake plants with no dirt to root them into. But I ended up being pleased with how pretty my DIY geometric glass terrarium turned out in the end.
Ready to dive in and make your own beautiful terrarium that never dies? Keep reading to learn how. However, keep in mind that this is YOUR project. So be sure to try materials and preserved plants that speak to you and fit your own personal creative taste!
DIY Geometric Glass Terrarium
Quality Growers The Moss Collection Preserved Moss (or SuperMoss Preserved Moss Mix)
Orchid Bark or similar
small rocks or pebbles
geometric glass terrarium, of choice
green floral foam
strong multi-surface glue that dries clear
faux flower stem(s)
skewer or chopstick
scissors and/or knife
Once you’ve shopped for and gathered your materials you’re ready to get started!
You should be able to find most if not all of the elements needed for your DIY geometric glass terrarium at your local craft store in the floral section. If this option isn’t available to you, you can easily find the items you need online.
You’ll begin by cutting down your block of green floral foam. (I used a wet foam block as this worked better for my purpose.) Cut the block so it’s about a half an inch high. Then cut the edges into a shape that fits inside of your geometric glass terrarium.
You can do this by placing the terrarium on top of the foam block and tracing a line around it. Then using a knife cut the block slightly smaller than the opening in your terrarium. You want it small enough that you can get the foam block into the terrarium after you’ve glued the elements onto the top and sides.
Now spread glue across the top of the floral foam.
Once you have the glue in place, tear off a section of the moss and gently press it onto the foam.
Clip smaller sections of flowers or buds from the faux flower stem you’ve chosen to use and position them around and in between the moss, pressing the stems into the floral foam to keep them in place.
Follow this some of the orchid bark, gluing it onto the floral foam as desired. Then, repeat this process with more moss, flowers and bark on the top and sides of the floral foam to suit using more glue as needed.
Repeat until the entire foam block is covered.
If desired you can also glue rocks as well to the top of the arrangement.
Once you are satisfied with the arrangement, allow the glue to dry.
Once the glue on the arrangement for your DIY geometric glass terrarium has dried, place some glue on the bottom of the terrarium. Then carefully place the floral and moss arrangement inside the terrarium on top of the glue, gently pressing it into place.
Finally, add a mix of orchid bark and rocks around the arrangement in the bottom of the terrarium to surround the foam block with your moss and floral arrangement. Use a skewer or a chopstick to move rocks and bark into empty spaces and desired locations.
Use glass cleaner and a clean cloth to clean up any fingerprints, debris or glue that may have gotten onto the glass of your terrarium. And that’s it! Your DIY geometric glass terrarium is complete!
Now all that’s left is to display your new geometric glass terrarium in you home!
These faux terrariums make lovely accent pieces for bookshelves and coffee tables with no need to worry about lighting!
If you liked this project for making a DIY geometric glass terrarium with faux plants, then you may also enjoy my tutorial for my DIY succulent container garden. Or for more gardening projects, be sure to follow my Gardening Pinterest board. You can also find inspiration for designing your terrarium on my Terrarium Lust Pinterest board.
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