Hanging Succulent Terrarium / Garden

May 28, 2015 | by Jocie (email) |

Mason-Jar-Succulent-Garden - OPC The Better Half

This post on making a hanging succulent garden/terrarium originally posted on One Project Closer in April 2014. 

I know, you are shocked to see me blogging about a succulent garden wall hanging…really a mason jar terrarium. I’m pretty shocked myself. Kim is our resident gardener and I prefer my plants to be of the plastic variety. Its pretty hard to kill a plastic plant, although if anyone could do it, it would be me and my girls! 🙂

Mason Jar Terrarium

Constructing the terrarium (or garden, as us not-s0-fancy non-gardeners like to say) was the easy part! I gathered my supplies and got to work at my dining room table. I used some paper Ethan had left over from laying hardwood floors in order to protect the table. It’s not such a pretty color, but it does the job.

Supplies Needed:

  • Twine
  • Succulents
  • Mason jar
  • Potting soil
  • Spanish moss
  • Rocks

I first grabbed a large Ball Jar / mason canning jar I had on hand and wrapped the top with twine so that eventually I had two long strands hanging off opposing sides.

Then I tied the two sides above in a knot, then bow.

Twine wrapped around a mason jar - OPC The Better Half

Then I started to layer my garden! woot woot.

First, I placed A LOT of spanish moss at the bottom. Not sure it was needed, but it certainly looked pretty!

Spanish Moss - OPC The Better Half

Second, I added some rocks. Really any rocks would do, so I used some I found in our back yard! lol.

Rocks in Mason Jar - OPC The Better Half

Third, I added a loose layer of soil. The soil needs to be loose in order for water to drain through it, since succulents require little water.

Moss, Rock, Soil - OPC The Better Half

Finally, I added the succulents and mini-cactus. This was a whole lot harder than it looked and I stuck myself with the cactus quite a few times. No pain, no gain, I guess! 🙂

Succulent into Mason Jar - OPC The Better Half

Rustic Wooden Hanger

Once I finished with the mason jar, I started on the wooden hanger. It was super simple and a project that I could handle without the assistance of the hubby. lol.

Supplies Needed:

  • 1x10x18″ piece of poplar
  • Decorative knob
  • Wood stain

Did you now Home Depot will cut your wood for you? How cool is that? I picked out a piece of 1×10″ poplar and asked a guy in an orange apron to cut it down for me to 18″. It was super cheap – I think I only spent $2 or 3 on the wood.

Once home, I sanded the edges to remove any fraying and then I drilled a centered hole about 3 inches from the top for the knob. Then I stained it with Rust-Oleum’s Dark Walnut and finished it with Matte Polyurthane.

Rust-Oleum Stain - OPC The Better Half

Once completely dry, I finally screwed on the knob!

Rustic Wood Hanger - OPC The Better Half

Mason Jar Succulent Terrarium

I couldn’t figure out exactly where to hang it and Kim had asked me to throw some succulents her way, so I headed over to her house to hang it (and take loads of pix).

Succulents in Mason Jar - OPC The Better Half

Mason Jar Succulent Garden - OPC The Better Half

Hanging Succulent Terrarium - OPC The Better Half

Mason Jar Succulents - OPC The Better Half

What do you think? Is your thumb green or black (like mine)?

Thanks so much for all the support you showed over at my guest post on the Apron and for sharing in my love of mason jar succulent gardens! Also, stay tuned for more succulent garden ideas later this week.

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14 Responses
  1. OurPinterestingFamily says:

    I’ve definitely got a black thumb. I signed up for the workshop in Westminster because I can’t make it to the EC location where you will be. I know you’ll do great. I love the idea you have of making a hanging terrarium. So beautiful, Jocie!

  2. JustME says:

    I love this idea. I already have the bottles, but they are pretty easy to come by at thrift stores. There’s a spaghetti sauce that comes in great mason type jars if you use pre-made sauces. Classico is the one I’m thinking of, but when I bought one for the jar I noticed there are other brands that look like the jars maybe mason type jars also. Clasico jars come in different sizes.

  3. I love your hanging garden, Jocie. I am the enemy of living plants everywhere, but I’ve really been wanting to try the succulent gardens. Say a little prayer for the local HD’s cactus- ha!

  4. Vanessa says:

    I love this! In fact, I’m going to run out and buy succulents and make little versions of this for May Day tomorrow!

  5. I have a total black thumb but I absolutely LOVE your little hanging succulent garden and can’t wait to make one of my own!

  6. Gwen says:

    I jsut love your succulent Mason jar sooo much, Jocie.

  7. DeDe says:

    Jocie, this is so darn cute! I love it! I just picked up some small succulents today from Lowes, I may have to do the mason jar like you did.

  8. SO CUTE! I just love succulents any way I can get them! I’d love for you to come link up this and some of your other projects at my new party!

  9. trebor says:

    Love the look of this–very nice! Hanging it with twine on a knob like that is perfect

  10. paintergal says:

    Adorable! Did you know that you can buy wide mouth Mason jars? That’s what I’m using for the floating candles at our son and his bride’s wedding in June. Much nicer to have a wider mouth. 🙂

  11. Heather says:

    Love this – I need to get on the succulent band wagon! Thanks for sharing at Project Inspire{d} linky party last week!! Hope to see you at this week’s party up now : Pinned your post to our group linky party board! Heather

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