Crystal + Cactus Terrarium

Crystal + Cactus TerrariumHey, friends! Want to make terrariums today?


Today we’re partnering with Etsy Studio, a marketplace created by Etsy! We’ve shopped for our DIY supplies on Etsy (they have pretty much everything). We’re SUPER excited they’ve launched this supply-based market. They have millions of supplies from all over the world and lots of project inspiration too! What a useful resource! I got almost everything for this project on Etsy Studio. I’m obsessed.  

Crystal + Cactus Terrarium Supplies:
terrarium container
-minerals (I used Tangerine Quartz, Cactus Quartz and Amethyst)
-teeny little plants (look for terrarium size cacti and succulents)
rocks and sand (especially colored sand)

Crystal + Cactus Terrarium Step One: Start with rocks. Next add sand.

When you add each new layer, start with the edges and work your way in so the layers (from the side view) will be nice and defined).

Crystal + Cactus Terrarium Step Two: Add a layer of soil and your teeny plants.

Crystal + Cactus Terrarium Step Three: Next, add a layer of sand. I personally LOVE adding layers of colored sand. But if you decide to keep it neutral, make sure to still use different tones to add some contrast.

Then, add another layer of sand in a contrasting color. Shake it (very lightly) to cover the edges completely.

Crystal + Cactus Terrarium Step Four: Add some minerals. If you have a favorite, save it for the front.

Crystal + Cactus Terrarium It really is that easy!

To water my tiny plants, I will use my mister really lightly. These little guys don’t need too much water.

Crystal + Cactus Terrarium Crystal + Cactus Terrarium Ugh—the side view is SO pretty! I recommend placing your new terrarium somewhere elevated where you can see the side view and the stones. I put mine on a side table in my bedroom that is the first thing I see when I wake up every morning. Love it!

Crystal + Cactus Terrarium Let me know if you have any questions at all!

I will warn you that this project is slightly addictive. I already CANNOT wait to make another one! xx -Elsie

Credits//Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. 

  • I like it whenever people get together and share thoughts. Great blog, stick with it!

  • I love the idea of using crystals very beautiful

  • cool idea, i love this. the plants with crystal and colorful sand makes it a unique decor. It’ll be a nice gift for my mom.

  • This looks so good! I love how this turned out, especially with the colored sand.

  • These are absolutely adorable!. I love the idea of different rock sizes and coloured sand.


  • I LOVE that you added the crystals. So pretty. I have an obsession with sparkly things and this is the perfect way to tastefully incorporate them into your décor.

  • This looks so pretty! You did an awesome job!


  • The terrarium looks quite cool and colorful. I love the shape of the case and the crystals. The sand is quite nice too. Nice work !

  • This post came at the perfect time! I swear the past 2 weeks I’ve filled my house with crystals. I’ll definitely be trying this out. I love the mix of plants with them! Thanks!

  • This is adorable! I would love to make this but my cat – Puppy – would be so in love with it to the point she would try to put her feet into the terrarium the whole time haha <3

  • This is one of the cutest DIY’s yet, I am obsessed with terrariums, and this is a perfect twist with crystals and cacti!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • I love this! Such a fab step by step tutorial and it looks amazing!! x

    Abi | abistreetx

  • This looks so cool! I love that you paired the cacti with crystals!

  • SO CUTE!!! I love the use of the colorful sand, it totally just makes it pop.


  • That’s so pretty! I love that you added crystals, they look so nice paired with the cacti.

  • My terrariums are my favorite part of my house! But the dirt showing through just isn’t cute. Colored sand is going to compliment my neutral design so perfectly! Love this idea and can’t believe I’ve never seen it before!

    • So happy you like it, Juliette! I love the colored sand too.
      xx- Elsie

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