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Woodland Terrarium

This decorative terrarium gives desks and tabletops a woodsy, botanical look. Make it yourself in just a few hours -- no cutting required.

Woodland terrarium on table

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

Few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Small trowel
  • Bamboo skewers or chopsticks
  • Plastic spoon


  • 5 - 10" x 8" clear acrylic sheets, #55844
  • Krazy glue, #354774
  • Painter's tape, #88026
  • Desert sand decorative soil cover, #139597, #21841
  • Marble nuggets soil cover, #139497, #21571
  • 8 quarts premium potting mix, #93762
  • River rock decorative soil cover, #139539, #340433
  • Assorted polished stones, #139462, #340434
  • Sheet moss, #251955
  • Assorted ferns

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Step 1

Lay out the acrylic sheets. The two end panels sit vertically, the front and back panels sit horizontally, and the bottom panel connects with the four sides to form an open box.

Step 2

Remove the protective coating on each side of the acrylic sheets. Secure all the corners at right angles with painter's tape.

Step 3

Apply a thin line of glue to all the inside corners. Let dry. Turn the box upside down, remove tape from the bottom, and apply a thin line of glue where the base sheet connects to the side sheets. Let dry and remove all tape.

Good to Know

Plastic spoons, bamboo skewers, and chopsticks work great as mini garden tools for digging or positioning plants.

Step 4

Woodland terrarium closeup

Fill the container with 1/2" sand, 1/2" crushed marble, and 1-1/2" potting soil. Plant ferns and cover the remaining soil with moss. We decorated the terrarium with rocks, acorns, pinecones, and a deer figurine. Make sure the ferns get proper water and light, according to plant tag. The moss should be kept moist and will thrive under similar lighting conditions as the ferns.