DIY Terrarium-style Christmas lantern

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More than ever, houseplants are part of the sumptous decors created by designers and bloggers on social media. The Holiday season is a great opportunity to showcase yours.

Dreaming of a magical Christmas? The sparkling theme offers an abundance of nacre, glass ornaments, pastel-coloured ribbons, snowy garlands, plants and flowers.

Here’s how to create a wonderful Christmas ornament by placing your small plants in the spotlight.

Material required


  • Clear glass jar
  • PRO-MIX Organic Moisture Mix
  • A cone-shaped plant (we used a kalanchoe tarantula)
  • A few other small plants to imitate shrubs (we used two African asparagus fern cuttings)
  • Peat moss (optional)
  • White stones
  • White clay pebbles or perlite
  • Christmas ornament of your choice
  • Battery-operated string lights
  • Artificial snow spray (optional)
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Conifer branches (optional)

How to make your lantern step by step…

  1. Place the stones at the bottom of the jar. They will add amplitude to your winter scenery and protect your plants in case of overwatering. 
  2. If you chose to combine peat moss, soil and clay pebbles, place the peat moss against the interior surface of the jar, and the soil in the centre. 
  3. If you chose to use perlite, cover the stones with enough soil to plant your plants (at least 1 inch, ideally more if the size of the jar allows it).
  4. Plant your plants, but remember to leave enough space for your ornament. 
  5. Add white clay pebbles to imitate snow, or add perlite if needed. 
  6. Place your ornament. 
  7. Add the string lights (make sure to hide the battery).
  8. Spray artificial snow on the exterior surface of the jar. Don’t spray too much at once and use a washable product. 
  9. Decorate the jar with a pretty ribbon and a few conifer branches.

Want to keep your lantern after the Holiday season? Choose slow-growing plants that have the same water and light needs. Replace the Christmas ornament with a dwarf, a porcelain mushroom or any other object.

Terrariums require little maintenance. Those that are open must generally be watered every other week. Often, closed terrariums do not require more than two waterings per year. Of course, this depends on the plants in it and the location of the jar.