DIY Glass Terrariums

Glass Terrarium

These glass terrariums are probably my most ambitious DIY project to date. I had never worked with glass before but figured, hey, how hard could it be? Turns out…it’s extremely hard. So hard that I actually contemplated not posting this tutorial so that I wouldn’t inflict the pain and frustration of working with glass on anyone. But I worked hard on it, and I figured there are plenty of you out there who are much more talented at the glass game than I am. I would recommend watching some tutorials on glass cutting and even reading about it before attempting this project. I would even practice cutting glass pieces before cutting out your shapes.

My terrariums didn’t turn out quite as good as the ones you’d find at a home goods store, but I’m pretty proud of them. They make great air plant displays, or mini planters for succulents (just check to make sure they’re properly sealed).

You can find the tutorial for the Glass Terrariums below and the template is at the end of the post. And if you have any tips for cutting glass, please, please, please let me know!

Glass Terrarium

You’ll need:

Glass TerrariumsDownload the template found at the end of the post. Feel free to scale it if you want it a little larger! Watch a thousand tutorials on how to cut glass, and cut out your shapes. I found it easier to separate the larger pieces of glass with my gloved hands, and smaller pieces with the ball end of the cutting tool.

Glass TerrariumsStill reading? Great! Sand the edges of your beautifully cut-out shapes.

Glass TerrariumsOn the bottom right corner of the templates I made a diagram for how to easily tape together the terrariums for gluing. Initially, you’ll want all the tape to be on the inside of the terrariums.

Glass TerrariumsUse glue to seal every edge of your terrarium. You will have to do it in sections to allow the glue to dry. (And so your terrarium doesn’t get stuck to your workspace.)

Glass TerrariumsLet your terrariums dry fully!

Glass TerrariumsCarefully remove the tape from the inside of the terrariums. This will be slightly more difficult on the smaller, thinner shapes so I used an X-acto knife to help the process along.

Glass TerrariumsIf you want to use your terrariums as planters, it’s best to go back and seal the inside edges as well and let dry completely.

Glass TerrariumsTo add the copper trim, measure out one edge of your terrarium and cut a piece of the copper foil. Remove the back and adhere the tape to the edge.

Glass TerrariumsRepeat previous step on every edge. Copper foil bonus? Hiding messy glue edges!

Glass TerrariumsNot bad, right guys? Right?! Ok, so the more complicated shapes are a little rough but if you had seen, or heard, me working on these, you would understand.

Glass TerrariumsThey work well on their own as a decor piece…

Glass Terrariums…or you can use them as planters for small cacti!

Glass TerrariumsIf any brave souls out there actually attempt this project, I’d love to know! Good luck!!

Glass Terrariums



  • Stunning! I just love the copper detail!

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  • This is so awesome! A project I’d definitely like to try. Thanks for sharing using the #CreateMakeShare hashtag on IG – I’ve included your project in my #CreateMakeShare favourites over on my blog :)

  • speckledfawn

    this is just beautiful! :D I’m definitely going to try :)

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  • Manike Pipkin

    I really want to do this! I was looking for a diy several weeks ago and couldn’t find one. Thank you for doing it!

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  • Karen

    When scoring your glass make only one concise score. You will hear the cutter making an almost grinding mark on the glass.
    Do only 1 cut not multiple on one piece of glass, cut one at a time.
    When you have made your score/cut on the glass tap it on the edge of a table gently and it will break evenly.
    I have used a piece of dry wall, as a base so that it doesn’t matter if I get glue, stain, etc on it. I do stained glass and this is how I was taught to score/cut glass.

    • Luisa

      Thank you, Karen!! Such great tips. Definitely could have used them when making this project!