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Faux Terrarium with Vintage Style in Minutes!

Learn how to make a faux terrarium using vi

ntage glassware and succulents. Create unique and inexpensive home decor in a jar – in minutes!

Skills Required: None. Even if you’ve never made anything before, you’ll be able to do this terrarium project. It’s the easiest ever.

mason jar terrarium

Have you ever tried a DIY terrarium? I’ve been collecting vintage mason jars for a while but I could never figure out what to do with them.

Recently I’ve been trying to decorate my little apartment and I wanted some sort of plant to make the space appear more organic – and since I don’t have a green thumb, I decided I couldn’t use real plants. That’s how this faux succulent terrarium idea was born.

how to make a terrarium in a jar

I found these realistic looking faux succulents and thought my vintage mason jars would be the perfect vessel for them! Learn how to make this home decor below.

Faux Succulent Terrarium

Gather These Supplies

  • Vintage mason jars
  • Floral foam
  • Box cutter
  • Spanish moss
  • Faux succulents
  • Twine
Vintage mason jar grown imperial

I snag my vintage mason jars at thrift stores (can you believe this one was just $0.99?). You can also find them at antique stores and flea markets but they will be pricier. Once you get your mason jar, clean it real good.

Some of them may still look gunky after the cleaning process, but that’s because they’re very old. You may want to deep clean it, but I just gave mine a quick wash to keep that old, vintage-y feel.

the top of a vintage mason jar with floral foam

Cut up your floral foam so it fits in your mason jar.

mason jar with spanish moss inside

Now we want to hide that ugly foam – use Spanish moss and stuff it around the foam and on top. If your mason jar has a small mouth like mine, you might want to use a long object (such as a ruler, a wooden dowel or even scissors) to help you guide the moss into the nooks and crannies.

faux succulents laying next to a mason jar filled with spanish moss

Next, stick your succulents in! I used a variety of different-looking ones to create visual interest. Some of them might be harder to stuff in especially if your mason jar has a small opening. Again, use a long object to help stuff them in.

faux terrarium

If any of the floral foam show after adding your succulents, take more Spanish moss and cover it up to keep it looking clean and finished.

Twine tied around a mason jar lid

Finally, add some twine to your faux terrarium for a rustic, finished look. Cut off the excess and the flyaways from the string.

I love these faux gardens in a jar. They’re a great organic accent for the home or even a cute centerpiece for a wedding or a party! The best part is that you can make them weeks beforehand, and you don’t have to worry about care.

DIY faux succulent terrarium

My opinion is if you’re going to make faux terrarium, you should make two. They look great as a grouping – I think two or three are nice together, especially when they’re different shapes and sizes.

how to make a faux terrarium

I just can’t get over how realistic the plants look inside the mason jars. I’m sure upon closer inspection a succulent expert could tell that these are fake, but we’re not worried about the experts!

How to make a fake terrarium in a jar
Yield: 1 jar

Faux Succulent Terrarium

how to make a faux terrarium

Learn how to make a faux terrarium using supplies from the craft store! This is very easy, vintage style home decor.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $3



  • Box cutter


  1. Wash and dry your mason jar using mild soap and water.
  2. Cut the floral foam so it fits in your mason jar.
  3. Hide the foam. Use Spanish moss and stuff it around the foam and on top. If the mason jar has a small mouth, use a long object to help you guide the moss into the nooks and crannies.
  4. Stick the succulents into the floral foam. Use a variety of faux succulents to create visual interest.
  5. If any floral foam is showing after adding succulents, use more Spanish moss and cover it up.
  6. Replace the lid and add some twine. Wrap around several times, tie a knot, and trim with scissors to finish.

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Friday 13th of January 2017

mary, loved this!! just one don't have to use any potting soil? and why is this?


Friday 13th of January 2017

Hi there! The succulents aren't real - but if they were, yes, you should add potting soil! :D

Mary Rodgers

Friday 2nd of September 2016

I love your idea of maison jar sedum terrarium and might slightly adapt it to include a little bit of compost and gravel and do a bit of glass painting around the bottom of the jar to make it attractive for a Christmas craft to make with seniors. Thanks for your idea. Mary


Friday 2nd of September 2016

That sounds like a fun idea Mary!

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