Make Your Own Floating Terrariums

I’m moving into my new house this week and it just so happens that some rooms are still missing walls and there are building materials everywhere (yikes). I’ve been trying to add little bits of pretty where I can, so the house feels less like a construction zone and more like home, but without getting in the way of workers—that means nothing on the floor or walls. Fortunately, these floating succulent terrariums are suspended from the ceilings, so they’re renovation friendly!

I’m obsessed with how these little glass bubbles look like they’re hovering in midair! They’re a novel way to display small succulents or cacti, and also a great way to incorporate plant life into parts of your home where you don’t have shelves, tables or windowsills for traditional planters. The key to making succulents last in a closed container without a hole in the bottom is good drainage, and be sure not to overwater!

-glass terrariums (I used these)
monofilament (fishing line)
-a hot glue gun
-2″ succulents
-all-purpose potting soil
horticultural sand

Cut a length of monofilament and tie it in a knot through the terrarium’s loop. Monofilament is notorious for loosening over time–and the last thing you want is a falling terrarium–so add a couple dots of hot glue to the knot to keep it in place. Make a loop for hanging at the other end of the monofilament and glue to secure it. Trim excess material.

Prepare a well-draining succulent mix by combining 2 parts potting soil, 1 part pumice and 1 part horticultural sand. I mixed a half cup of potting soil and a heaping quarter cup each of pumice and sand, and that was plenty for 3 terrariums. I recommend erring on the side of less soil–the mixture should hold a little moisture but dry pretty quickly when you water.

Add a quarter inch of succulent mix to the bottom of your terrarium. Remove a succulent from its container and remove as much soil as possible, taking care not to damage the roots. Place inside the terrarium and repeat with another succulent if you have room.

Use a spoon to add a little soil at a time until the roots of the succulents are completely covered. Mist the soil, hang and enjoy!

Mist about once a week in the spring and summer, slightly more if it’s very hot or the soil seems completely dried out, and less in the fall and winter. Succulents do best in bright light. I love how these turned out and plan to make some more for other rooms in my house. I think a trailing succulent like string of pearls would look great in a floating terrariums–now I just need to track one down! xo Kayleigh

Credits // Author and Photography: Kayleigh Kosmas. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess presets for Lightroom.
  • Hi there! What a fun DIY! I was wondering, what is that pretty trailing potted plant you have in the first picture?

  • I love this DIY it is soo cute. What lens did you use in order to take these pictures they came out pretty cute.

  • These are normally so expensive so I can’t wait to make my own. It seems like a great budget option 🙂 Thanks for the DIY.

    Holly from The Art of Being Holly x

  • Terrariums are literally my favourite. They’re the only thing I can keep alive haha. Gorgeous how-to! I love how easy they are to make.

    xx, mel

  • What an adorable DIY! I love myself a little bit of green!

    Cat //

  • I love these! Saved it for when I move into my new place and need to decorate =o)

  • This is too cute and seems easy enough for me! Will have to try it out <3

  • Love this, I’ve been wanting one of these for ages but just couldn’t find the perfect one- now I can design my own!


  • I’ve made this about 4 years ago, and hanged 6 of them in a downward spiral. It was beautiful but unfortunately lasted very little… all succulents and cacti I used died in less then a few weeks. Eventually I got tired of replacing them and now my glass bowls hold little toys inside, which is also cute (though plants would still be my first choice, if you can keep them alive!)

  • I love those kind of posts x

  • My best friend and I, though on opposite sides of the world, have craft sessions via video call. I have been thinking of trying out a terrarium–but this has definitely convinced me to do it! How fun!

  • Really charming, and what a fine and easy way to decorate the home!
    Kind regards, Gerti

  • These are stunning!! They’d make such a good presents – such a great post!! x

    Abi | abistreetx

    • Hey Natalia! I used mini hooks that screwed right into the ceiling. 🙂

  • I’ve been seeing these all over but they can be so expensive from the store! Glad to have this alternative, it’s going to brighten up the darker spaces in my house!

  • They look absolutely adorable, and what an easy way to decorate with plants!

  • I love post great idea
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  • I’ve been wanting to make these for our living room! I love adding green life to our rooms!


  • These are adorable! I’d totally make these when I get my dream house!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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