DIY Hanging Terrariums Using Live Plants

Create unique wedding decorations that you can enjoy during and after the big day, or even gift them to your guests. Follow the simple steps in this DIY project to create individual hanging terrariums featuring live succulents!


Live Succulents
Live Air Plants
Live Cactus Collection

Natural Hydro Stones
Natural Soil
Natural Green Moss
Artificial Floral Moss in Assorted Colors
Glass Geometric Cube Hanging Terrarium Vase
Glass Prism Hanging Candle Lantern
Hanging Glass Orb Terrarium
Garden Frog Figurines
Crystals, Geodes, & Stones


Step 1: Starting with your terrarium containers, lay a 1/2 inch layer of hydro stones on the bottom for drainage.

Step 2: Add moss overtop of the stones. This layer should be 1/2 inch thick.

Step 3: Spread soil overtop the moss. This layer should be 1.5-2 inches thick.

Step 5: Transplant the desired number of live succulents and cacti into the terrariums, nestling their roots into the new soil.

We chose to plant three succulents in our large glass orb (pictured). A single succulent in our geometric cube terrarium, topping it off with a live air plant. And a cactus and succulent into our prism terrarium.

Note: While replanting a succulent or cactus, make sure to remove as much of the soil connected to the succulent as possible without doing too much damage to the roots. Then use your fingers to create a hole in the terrarium soil and place the live plant gently into the hole. Fill it in with the surrounding soil while leaving space between the soil and your succulent or cactus to prevent rotting.

Step 5: Add figurines, moss, and/or stones to give your terrariums personality!

We chose to feature our fairy frog figurine and a stone in our larger glass orb (pictured). A generous layer of moss in our geometric cube terrarium. And some moss and a stone in our prism terrarium.

Step 6: Finish off your terrariums by adding live air plants! We chose to add them to the geometric cube and prism terrariums only. Since air plants and succulents/cacti have different watering needs, we chose to lay the plants on top of the moss so that it's not touching the soil which could lead to over-watering.

For more direction on how to keep your live succulents and air plants alive, be sure to visit the Afloral Blog for live succulents, air plants, and cacti tips and instructions!

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