Gallery: DIY: How to Make a Terrarium Christmas Ornament!

The plants we collected.


– Moss, plants and/or twigs small enough to fit into your terrarium ornament
– Some soil
– Tweezers
– Reusable glass ornament orb
– A ribbon (we used one from an old gift box
– A chain or string (we used an old bracelet)
– (optional) Figurines or other fun tsotchkes to place inside your ornament


Obtain some greenery to place inside your ornament. We “borrowed” some from the alley behind our apartment building.


Pop the top off of your glass orb and fill it a little less than halfway with dirt. These orbs are made out of glass, not plastic, so be careful with them!


Next, start populating your orb with plants. We used tweezers to carefully place each plant inside our orb. Make sure they aren’t too crowded together. Make sure the plants have enough moisture by sprinkling a little water on them.


If you like, you can also pop some figurines or little toys into the mix to add even more interest. We added a golden unicorn (an old earring) to ours.


If the sides of your orb got a little dirty while you were filling it up, clean them with Q-tips. Depending on what kind of plants you have and the humidity in the air, you might notice that your glass orb keeps fogging up. If so, try out this neat little trick – works every time.


Once you’re content with the way everything on the inside of your terrarium ornament looks, pop the top on. Then attach your chain or string that you will use to hang it from your tree by threading it through the loop on top of the ornament.


If you want to make your terrarium ornament even more festive, tie a ribbon around its chain.

Last but not least, hang your new ornament from your tree where everyone can admire it!

Photos © Yuka Yoneda


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  1. Sarah Nyburg December 18, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Would clear plastic ones work? It’s hard to find clear glass ones where I am.

  2. Yuka Yoneda December 9, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Good question. After all, you don’t want to have to keep cleaning out dead plants and replacing them, right? All of my mini terrariums have continued to thrive, but I guess it really depends on how hardy the plants are and what kinds of conditions you have in your home. For more tips on how to keep things fresh in your terrarium, this is a great resource:

  3. Yuka Yoneda December 9, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    That’s a great idea Syd. Or you could even make a little stand for it like so:

  4. SydMarkle December 9, 2011 at 10:20 am

    What would you do with it after the holidays? Hang them in your window?

  5. renmarshall December 9, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Will the terrarium continue to thrive, or will it eventually die? What could someone do to help it thrive longer in the event that it does die?

  6. Yuka Yoneda December 9, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Hi Bob,

    You can find one here:


  7. bobtheknob December 8, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    where does one get a clear glass ‘orb’?

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