When it comes to creating the perfect terrarium, one of the most important decisions to make is choosing a container. You’ll first need to figure out if you want to create an open or closed terrarium. While we love both styles, today we’re focusing on closed terrariums, such as our Footed Terrarium with Lid or Cylinder Terrarium. Closed terrariums are perfect if you, like many indoor gardeners, struggle with finding bright, sunny spots in your house. Indirect light is ideal for a closed terrarium as direct light on a closed terrarium can actually burn your plants.
Now that you’ve decided on creating a closed terrarium, it’s time for the fun part: choosing a terrarium container to complement your home décor! Whether your style is modern, glam, traditional or farmhouse, there are many terrarium containers to choose from that will fit your unique style! Here are six ideas to get you started:
1. Hot beverage pot terrarium
If you’re coffee-obsessed or love a spot of tea, hot beverage carafes can make perfect terrarium containers. You can use any drip coffee pot, tea pot or French press carafe, as long as the container is clear glass. This could be the perfect centerpiece for your breakfast nook, tea cart or coffee station.
2. Wine bottle terrarium
If you’re fueled by wine rather than caffeine, then consider a wine bottle as your terrarium container. A funnel and a long, thin dowel rod will be important tools as you work with the thin neck of the bottle. You can create this terrarium with the bottle standing up, or you could also consider having it lay horizontally. To keep your horizontal wine bottle from rolling around, cut a cork in half and glue the halves to a surface spaced apart so they can hold the bottle.
3. Lightbulb terrarium
Lightbulbs can be petite terrarium containers, perfect if you’re short on space. First, you’ll need to hollow out your lightbulb, per these instructions. Then, using a little finesse and tools like needle-nose pliers, tweezers and a thin dowel rod, you can create your lightbulb terrarium. This small terrarium will look perfect styled in a bookcase or propped on your bathroom counter.
4. Apple cider jug
If your home style is farmhouse, then an apple cider jug is the perfect terrarium container for you. Since these jugs tend to have a small opening on top and a wide body, you’ll need to use a funnel and a long, thin dowel rod to get everything placed just-right in your terrarium. Or, if you have the right tools, another option is to cut the bottom off your apple cider jug. This way, you can use the top of the jug like a dome and use a pie pan for the base.
5. Glass cloche
If the dome idea above appeals to you, but you don’t have the tools to cut glass, then our Glass Cloche is for you! Our cloche container features a fun and modern design and comes in three sizes so you can get the perfect fit for your table, shelf or mantle.
7. Any glass jar
Glass jars of all shapes and sizes can make great terrarium containers, whether they’re from jam, salsa, spices or marinara sauce. To add a dose of whimsy to your glass jar terrarium, consider adding a plastic animal to the lid. Simply hot glue a small plastic animal to the lid and then spray paint the whole animal and lid the color of your choosing. These terrarium containers would be perfect for a child’s room.
For more closed terrarium inspiration, check out our selection of closed terrariums containers here: https://www.46spruce.com/collections/terrariums