Weekend Project Alert: 20 DIY Terrariums to Inspire You
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Weekend Project Alert: 20 DIY Terrariums to Inspire You

Need a low-maintenance gardening project? Look no further. We’ve got simple terrariums here for every occasion. Whether you need to make a wedding centerpiece, something cute for your desk at work or an awesome DIY kit for a last-minute birthday present, this list has tons of ideas. From botanical beauties to easy-to-care-for succulents, these terrariums will have you planning your next weekend project. And for those of you with brown thumbs (us included), succulents and air plants are the minimal-maintenance way to go.

1. Boho Botanicals: If an earthier, dreamier ceremony is what you’re after, try these warm-toned terrariums inside an elegant cake stand. Pair with natural details like a wooded base and gorgeous feathers for a romantic boho vibe. (via Style Me Pretty)

2. Layered Effect: We’re dreaming of black + white cakes staring at this layered succulent garden. Pick white rocks with bright plants to really make it pop, or reverse the effect with bright rocks and muted plants. We can’t wait to see what you come up with! (via Home My Design)

3. Building Blocks: For a little extra color, try these simple, child-approved terrariums accessorized with LEGOs. They’re a fun addition to any desk, be it kid or adult. (via Brit + Co)

4. Pass the Salt: You’re going to want to use up your herbs and spices as quickly as possible to make this cute statement piece. Grab some pebbles, sand and a bit of dirt, and you’ll be finished up before lunch time. Just don’t forget to put seasonings on your shopping list ;) (via A Bullseye View)

5. Diamond Air Plant Terrarium Kit ($65): Looking for a unique terrarium different from all those upcycled jar ones you’ve already DIYed? We’ve got the perfect thing for you. This on-trend, geometric-shaped terrarium is a cinch to put together. Oh, and in case you were wondering, the air plants are included.

6. Wood Grain Detail: Learn to make your very own wood-grain detail for these adorable terrariums. We could just see one of these in each room of the house, as a centerpiece to tie a group of tables together or, if you’re super generous, as wedding favors for when your guests head home. (via Project Wedding)

7. DIY Wall-Mounted Air Plant Terrarium Kit ($25): Low on space? We can definitely help with this terrarium kit from the B+C Shop. It comes with everything (even the plants) you need to get started and it mounts on the wall, so there’s no need to take up valuable shelving or surface space.

8. Coffee Time: If it’s time to retire an old french press or tea kettle, we can do you one better than the trash can. Try putting a layer of rocks under the wire mesh in your french press to outline the design. Over the wire you can put mulch, dirt and the green things you want to display. Feel free to take off the metal frame and attached handle for a more glassy look. (image via Level One Team)

9. Repurposed Candy Jar: Get your hands all up in that candy jar with this cool DIY. For a sweet dresser look, add some costume jewelry or pearls. (via Brit + Co)

10. Less Is More: We love this monotone arrangement — only four plants and all within the same palette. All that negative space just screams possibility and would look great with some tiny gold dinos. (via Adventures in Cooking)

11. Gift It: We know our friends get really busy. So, we think that making this super simple kit with your leftover supplies would be a thoughtful gift for any occasion. (via Wit & Whistle)

12. DIY Light Bulb Terrariums ($22): With a base of bright pink rocks and the fact they’re inside of a lightbulb, these will add a bit of sunshine to even your most cramped indoor space.

13. Soft and Lush: These gorgeous oversized flowers look like cotton candy. The setup is minimal, but you’ll definitely get maximum impact. You may just want to keep it around as a permanent installment… we would. (via Style Me Pretty)

14. Au Natural: For an undone, cabin-y feel for your terrarium, try a neutral tone of river rocks with a naturally styled arrangement. To do this you’ll want to mix both larger and smaller plant sizes and avoid any one item taking front and center. (via Ruffled Blog)

15. Into the Wild: If there’s a woodsy + outdoorsy feature on our list, it’s this one. For this look, try lots of moss mixed in with delicate ferns and a big statement piece — think skulls, driftwood or any other epic find you come across out in the woods. (via The Telegraph)

16. Forest Creatures: We think this is the perfect piece for the little kid who can’t get enough of story time. If your little one is Snow White-obsessed, try making them their own enchanted forest by mixing in lots of moss with plastic figurines. You could even have them be creative and DIY their very own. (via Mrs. Ferguson)

17. Tight Fit: This is the terrarium version of building a ship in a bottle. Okay, it’s probably not quite as difficult as that. Just take your low-maintenace air plant and drop it in a small jar — no soil, rocks or sand required. No time to shop for supplies? Take your pick of the cute assortment at Tortoise Loves Donkey. (via Tortoise Loves Donkey)

18. Paleontology Class: Gold dinos + terrariums? We are totally digging this DIY. For a fresh, bold effect, add colorful rocks at the base of your terrarium to really make a statement. (via Yellow Brick Home)

19. Under the Sea: Having a nautical-themed party? Try these coastal succulents in clear glass, resting on beach sand. Drop in a few tiny sea shells to take it to the next beachy level. (via The Independent)

20. Wit + Whimsy: Go for an extra girly look by focusing on pink and peach hues with pops of the brightest greens you can find. And how incredible is that marbled base? #Swoon (via Green Wedding Shoes)

What’s your favorite gardening project? Have you ever DIYed your own terrarium? Let us know in the comments below.