five minute terrarium

Headed Somewhere Blog - Terrarium TutorialThere are few places on this earth that make my heart pound a little faster, make me feel giddy like I’m a kid and make my mind overflow with inspiration: The very top of Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park, walking the avenues of Manhattan and this little succulent & cactus garden that sits just 2 minutes from my home. I just can’t stay away. As I walk around each of the 9 green houses stock piled with the most beautiful plants I have ever seen, I can’t help but feel like Mother Nature herself. The first time I visited this place, I literally SKIPPED up and down the aisles. The next day, I paid another visit… and then the day after. Not sure what it is about it, it just feels welcoming, homey, and for some strange reason, I feel I am doing something wholesome and productive just wandering the gardens… perhaps I am. I am nurturing my spirit. I leave happier than when I came.

On this particular day, it was cold, (as cold as California weather permits…) and drizzling here and there. Perfect day, in my opinion, to get out of the house! With the weather warming up, I had to take advantage of this chilly day and put on Ezzy’s Pan Pantaloni Vest. It KILLS me with its ears and the pantaloons… oh, too much. I am in love.

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I have had this terrarium for MONTHS now, it has been sitting sad and empty on my dresser… just waiting for little plants to house. The day has finally come! So I thought I’d share my little how-to… because I’d like my little new friends to LIVE… against all odds… because heaven knows when it comes to mothering plants, I am no good.

HeadedSomewhere BlogYou will need:


pea sized pebbles

succulents + cactuses


glass container

organic soil

*you will also need activated charcoal if your container is enclosed.

Terrarium Tutorial - Headed Somewhere BlogTerrarium Tutorial - Headed Somewhere Blog1. Place small pebbles in bottom of glass container for drainage. Use about 1-1.5 inches.

Terrarium Tutorial - Headed Somewhere Blog

2. Break up moss and place over pebbles.

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset3. Use organic soil made for succulents and cactuses. Fill about 3 inches deep.

Terrarium Tutorial - Headed Somewhere Blog4. Start from back of container, working your way forward. Dig a small hole for each, making sure there is enough room for the roots. Pack dirt around plant for stability.

Terrarium Tutorial - Headed Somewhere Blog5. Place moss, rocks, or other decorative treasures in your new terrarium!

There you have it! That easy.

Terrarium Tutorial - Headed Somewhere BlogTerrarium Tutorial - Headed Somewhere Blog

Cactuses and succulents don’t need to be watered much. I usually give them a little spritz with a water bottle every couple weeks and they seem to be doing great!


I just have to leave you with this video, because these little kiddos might be the cutest ever with their warrior face paint and head wraps. I’m thinking of dressing Ez in his pantaloons and vest and painting his face like this next time we hit up Target. Is that weird? I don’t care, I’m doing it.


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  1. Cheryl says:

    This makes such a unique accessory for your cute house. I love it and am glad I got to see it up close when we visited you. Very talented and clever girl!

  2. Cheryl says:

    Love the outfit on Ezra. He seems like a little plant lover, just like his mommy.

  3. Rebecca says:

    I love the glass container! May I ask where you purchased it from?! Thanks so much.


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