Fairy Terrarium

THIS is a fun one!!!

Dollar Store Supplies:

  • Foamcore board – black
  • Fairy house
  • Succullents
  • Flowers
  • Moss
  • Light string
  • Batteries
  • Gravel/Rocks
  • Picture Frames

Additional Supplies from any craft store:

  • Hot Glue & Gun
  • Exacto knife
  • Wire cutters
  • Wine cork

There are lots of ways to make a Terrarium – It can be tall, wide, small or large. Here are the frames I used for these 3 projects:

Black Terrarium

Frame size – 5 x 7 – 4 for sides

Frame size – 4 x 6 – 2 for roof

Brown Terrarium

Frame size – 5 x 7 – 4 for sides

Frame size – 4 x 6 – 2 for roof


Frame Size: 4 x 6 – 8 total

Step 1:

Remove the glass from the frame and using plyers or your fingers, pull the little tabs out that hold the glass in.


Line hotglue around the inside edge of the frame and place the glass back in. Make sure you do not use too much glue or it will seep out and show up on the glass.


If you are planning to do a double wide terrarium, add a thin line of glue to one side of one frame and place another frame against it. Laying them on a hard surface help to align them correctly and make sure they are flat. If you are not doing a double wide terrarium skip to step 4.


Glue the corners together. Some tricks to this are as follows:

  1. Once you have placed a thin line of glue on one side of a frame, align the next frame parallel to it, press together and then fold. This tends to keep the glue on the inside of the seam and you end up with less glue mess on the outside.
  2. To make sure you have a perfect 45 degree angle you can use another frame as a guide. I didn’t so this so my terrariums were a bit wonky but you can’t tell. I just compensated by cutting the base to match!
  3. Glue 2 frames together at a time. Then glue those 2 to the other 2, it’s easier to do it this way than to glue each frame to the main frame in succession. Also, if the 2 sets are both square at a 45 degree angle then you will have no problem gluing them together correctly.


Once you have the base complete, set it on a piece of foamcore and mark it for the base. Because the insides of my frames bevelled in I cut the foamcore base smaller so it would fit inside the base and would not be seen when set on a table. Once you have cut and trimmed the floor foamcore to fit your terrarium DO NOT GLUE IT IN YET!


Before you glue the floor into the base frame lay out your plastic succulents and other decorations. To make sure your layout will fit inside the terrarium you can set it on top to check.

Once you have your layout planned you can start gluing everything in place. I prefer to glue the house in first, making sure I cut an access hole in the bottom to turn the light on if it has one. Then I add the moss, and then I add the succelents and flowers. Unlike the Tutorial for the Flower & Garden pots I do not peirce the foamcore with the plants. Instead, I cut the stems off and glue them to the foamcore directly. Sometimes I use small rocks to hold up tall, thin stemmed items to keep them from falling over and it adds a bit of natural charm as well.


Once you have finished gluing everything to the foamcore you can now glue the foamcore to the terrarium base. Flip it over and set the foamcore inside – line the gap with hotglue and let it dry for a couple minutes.


Cut old wine corks in half and glue them to the bottom for feet for your terrarium.


Once it is dry from the previous steps, flip the terrarium over. Now you can glue the roof on. Again, it is best to glue the 2 frames together at the top seam, wait for them to dry and then glue the roof to the base terrarium. This part can be a bit tricky to get it set right. Make sure you check the connection points so you know where to place the glue.

STEP 10:

Voila! Terrarium complete! You could add a string of lights to the terrarium if you wanted to by cutting a hole in the bottom of the foamcore and feeding them in. Or you can check out my next tutorial which is How to Make a mini fire out of a tealight.