Make A Terrarium Desk Organizer

Make a terrarium desk organizerIt’s back to school time! And while I’m not in school any more, that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy splurging on a few new cute notebooks and desk supplies. When I saw this clear acrylic desk organizer, I just knew I had to have it. Not because I needed another way to organize my ever growing craft supply stash (which I am actually always in need of), but because I knew it could easily be transformed into a cute terrarium for my desk! And look how cute that pop of color and greenery looks in the center of this cute acrylic caddy!

This project is one of those super simple DIYs that really only requires a bit of planting and creative thinking. While I found this acrylic desk organizer at Home Goods, you can easily find something similar on Amazon or in any major retailer.

Make a terrarium desk organizerSupplies:
– acrylic desk organizer
– mini succulent clippings
– succulent/cactus mix potting soil
– colorful aquarium rocks and white stones (optional but adds a fun pop of color)

Step One: Cover all the desk organizer openings (except for the one you are turning into the terrarium) with clear plastic wrap or foil to prevent the dirt from getting in them, then use a spoon to scoop the dirt into the open section.

Make a terrarium desk organizer

Make a terrarium desk organizerStep Two: Use a pen to create little openings in the dirt and add in your succulents. If your office gets no natural sunlight, you can always use faux succulents instead. They have some very realistic looking ones at the craft store.

Step Three: Add in your colored rocks to cover the dirt and surround the succulents and then add in a few gemstones or white rocks as decorative accents.

Make a terrarium desk organizer

Make a terrarium desk organizer

That’s really all there is to it! Be sure to keep the succulents moist but don’t overwater them and they will give your desk the perfect plant lady feel. And that little touch of live greenery will hopefully make those long work days not so bad!

Make a terrarium desk organizer

I know my office now feels so much fresher and full of life with a few plants in it! xoxo. Kara

Credits // Author and Photography: Kara Whitten. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
  • Wow! it look so pretty in your post. This is a amazing idea,

  • This desk organiser is so cute! I kind of want to make myself one now so I can be motivated to use my desk more… 🙂
    Rebecca ♥

  • What a fun twist on your typical, boring desk organizer! Adding greenery anywhere possible is such a great way to liven up a space. My desk could definitely use this!

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  • Wow isn’t the cutest thing you can put on your desk! I love it <3

    • I found this exact organizer at Home Goods, so you could try there. Otherwise any acrylic organizer will work too!

  • This is such a simple and good idea!

  • I love projects that mix practical things with decoration! This is so cool!

  • So pretty! I use to love back to school time, and all the new supplies.

  • This is such a smart way of making terrariums “useful”, instead of just being decor. Love the little extra green they bring!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Love to sneak terrariums in every corner I can! They’re especially important in the work space, so calming. Cute!

  • That is so adorable 🙂 I can imagine my cat just adoring knocking it off my desk though 🙂

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