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How To Make A Hanging Terrarium Ornament | DIY Terrarium

Create DIY ornaments featuring these glass-enclosed gardens that will make your Christmas tree truly unique, dazzling, and merry. Using a few budget-friendly materials and some fresh plants, you can easily make your own glass terrarium as personalized Christmas ornaments. It’s more fun and creative than the usual store-bought and generic Christmas ornaments. Yuka Yoneda from Inhabitat has graciously shared her tutorial with us so we can pass it on to you all.

So if you love terrariums, spice up your Christmas tree with these wonderful holiday terrariums. They’re easy, quick plus these DIY terrarium Christmas ornaments can stay out long after Christmas comes and goes.

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We have the step by step tutorial on how to make terrarium homemade Christmas ornaments! Read on and let’s get crafty 🙂

How To Make A Hanging Terrarium Ornament

A big thanks to the lovely Yuka Yoneda from Inhabitat for sharing this tutorial. Check out the original article here.

You’ll need the following materials:

  • Moss, plants and/or twigs small enough to fit into your terrarium ornaments
  • Tweezers
  • Ribbon
  • Some Soil
  • A chain or string
  • (optional) Figurines or other fun tsotchkes to place inside your ornament


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Step 1

Start off with some greenery that you will use to place inside your ornament.

Step 2

Remove the top of the glass orb and fill it a little less than halfway with soil. Make sure that you do this step carefully since these orbs are made out of glass and not plastic.

Step 3

Then, start putting some plants in the glass orb. Sprinkle a little water on the plants to make sure that plants have enough moisture. Take note that the plants should not be too crowded together.

Step 4

Accentuate your DIY greenery ornament by popping in some figurines, little toys, or studs into the mix to make it a little bit more interesting. Here, we’ve added a golden unicorn (old earring) inside this pretty DIY project.

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Step 5

Sometimes you’ll notice that your orb glass get a bit foggy, depending on your plant and humidity. Clean them up with Q-tips when that happens or when the sides of the glass orb get a little dirty. It works perfectly!

 Step 6

If you think everything’s in place and you’re content with the way everything on the inside of your DIY terrarium Christmas ornament looks, you can now pop the top back on the glass orb. Use your chain or string to hang it from your Christmas tree by threading it through the loop on top of the ornament.

Step 7

Tie a ribbon around the chain of your DIY terrarium ornament to give it a more festive and stunning look.

Step 8

And finally, hang your DIY terrarium Christmas ornament from your Christmas tree where everyone can see and admire it!

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Tadaahh! You have just made your own Christmas terrarium ornament!
This is also a great gift idea for your family and friends. It’s something unique! If you give the glass terrarium as a gift, you need to include a tag with its growing information and instructions on how to free the plants from their glass home. How? That’s by wrapping the ball in several layers of newspaper and carefully giving it a sharp tap with a hammer to break the glass. Remember to wear gloves when moving the plants out of the broken glass container to avoid hurting yourself.

One more thing that you’ll need to remember:

The hanging glass terrarium is best made six weeks before you give them as gifts or before using them as ornaments. It will take several weeks for the system to settle down and for the plant roots to get established.
Make sure the terrariums get enough light on your Christmas tree for them to continue growing.
Did you enjoy our easy tutorial on how to make a hanging glass terrarium? Let us know in the comments section below what your thoughts are on how to build a terrarium. Do you have any other craft ideas you’d like to share? Share it with us and we’ll give it a try. We love doing cool DIY projects by making craft projects, home decor projects, upcycling ideas, recipes, tutorials and anything you can do yourself. That’s why we created this site, we want people to be more in touch with their creative side and realize that there’s a lot of things that they can do themselves. We’d love to hear from you and create a community of DIY enthusiasts where any project is just a click away. Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram!

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