Terrarium in a Five-Gallon Jug

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August 4, 2021

The completed five gallon terrarium.So this has been sitting around in our garage for a few months! My husband thought it was cool so he bought it at a garage sale for $1. He loved the idea I came up with of using it for a terrarium. We aren't too good at taking care of houseplants, so a terrarium that needs little attention is our way to go.



  • pebbles
  • 1 large jar or jug
  • potting soil for cactus
  • sphagnum moss
  • succulents
  • dowel
  • decorative rocks or other items
Bags of decorative rocks in bags.
Moss for the top of the terrarium.
A collection of succulents on a paper towel.


  1. Thoroughly clean and allow to dry a large jar or jug. Place pebbles, 2" deep, in bottom of jug. Don't drop them in or the glass might break. I laid the jug on its side and put a few of the pebbles into the jar at a time and then turned it upright. Add a layer of the moss. Using a funnel, add the cactus potting soil. You now have three layers. Use a dowel to evenly distribute the soil over the bottom of the jar.
  2. Gravel placed inside a five gallon jug.
    Gravel placed inside a five gallon jug.
    Dirt added to the five gallon jug.
    Putting plants inside the jug.
  3. Next, drop the decorative pebbles, rock, stone, or other decor where you want them in the jar. You can use a long dowel to move them into place.
  4. Putting plants in the jug.

  5. To plant the succulents, using the dowel, make a hole in the soil. Drop the succculent into the soil and use the dowel to carefully push the succulent into the hole.
  6. Using a stick to place the plants.
    Plants placed inside a five gallon jug.
  7. To water, fill up a spray bottle and spray the inside of the jar. Needs to be watered about once every week or two.
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