DIY: Christmas Terrarium

Earlier this week, Emie and I tackled a very fun and simple Christmas DIY to kick off holiday decorating around the house. When it comes to decorating for Christmas, I’m usually very much the no Christmas-till-Thanksgiving kinda person but with how strange this year has been already, I feel myself wanting to sprinkle a little Christmas magic around the house earlier than usual this year.

I’ll walk you through how we DIYed this very simple Christmas terrarium and link all the products below if you’d like to recreate one on your own.


  • Glass vessel
  • Fake snow
  • Bottle brush trees (the small ones)
  • Mini ornaments
  • Ground filler
  • Twinkle lights


The step-by-step process is rather straight forward and easy enough to replicate. For our terrarium, I used a lidded jar similar to this one but this style would work just as well. I filled the bottom with irridescent fake snow and tucked a couple bottle brush trees near the back of the jar being sure to bury their bases into the snow.

Next I added in a cute little light up cottage that was actually an ornament, a couple mini deer that I found in the mini Christmas tree section at Hobby Lobby, as well as some pinecones (from the same section) and some small gold sleigh bells for good measure. To finish off the Christmas terrarium, I wrapped a strand of twinkle lights around the jar for an added bit of whimsy!

Ready to see how it turned out?

One recommendation I would make is to leave the battery pack of the twinkle lights outside the jar so you can turn the lights on/off a lot easier vs digging into the jar each time you want to turn the lights on/off. We have our terrarium sitting on our dining room table and it’s like a giant snow globe – plus Emie loves turning the lights on/off at dinnertime!

If you’d like to put your own little spin on a Christmas terrarium, I’ve linked everything below:

If you saw my takeover on Heather’s IG and are looking for links to the cloche or sticky-tack here they are – everything else I used is linked above!

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