HOWTO make a terrarium inside a Christmas ornament

This fairly straightforward HOWTO teaches you to build a tiny terrarium inside a clear glass Christmas tree bauble.

If you love terrariums as much as we do, why not trim your holiday tree with a some of them? With just a few materials and some fresh plants, you can create ornaments featuring these glass-enclosed garden worlds to make your home jolly and bright. We think they're much more fun than your typical store-bought ornaments, and unlike those shiny green balls you'd see on a generic Christmas tree, these terrarium ornaments can stay out long after the yule tide comes and goes. Read on for our step by step tutorial to learn how to make your own!

DIY: How to Make a Terrarium Christmas Ornament! (via Neatorama)


  1. I did this a few years ago and it didn’t turn out as well as I expected. The glass ornaments are SOOOOOO fragile! They break if you even breathe on them too hard.

  2. Oh man, this post makes my heart sing.

    I’m already seeing a Christmas tree hung with clear glass ornaments containing tiny living Christmas trees, each of which is hung with ultra-tiny clear glass ornaments…

  3. This would be fun to do to bring life to an artificial tree. I have a couple of metal table top trees I could decortate with these. I want to make aquarium ornaments with sea monkeys living in them, too.

  4. What an amazing idea! I’m not Christian myself, but I have to say this would look beautiful on a tree. And Christian or not, I’d love to have some of these hanging around the house year round.

  5. I don’t know if it’s because of where I live [CT (damp and humid)], but every terrarium I make ends up growing fungi and mold and the plants die. Very discouraging because I would love to have a terrarium. But I’m going to try these ornaments – maybe just with moss (of which I have plenty on the bricks in back) and little rocks or objects.

  6. How feasible would it be to attempt to create a relatively self-sustaining ecosystem in such a small space, I wonder…?

    Also, I feel the need to mention that I recently discovered the game Terraria, and it’s swallowing my life whole.

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