This easy project puts a spooky twist on the traditional terrarium. Here’s a ste-by-step guide to creating your very own DIY graveyard terrarium (aka “cemetarium”) for your apartment.
Step One: Choose Your Vessel
The first step to making a DIY graveyard terrarium is to choose a vessel. We chose these glass geometric planters. However, if you prefer another style, go for it. Terrariums come in many sizes and shapes. Most are glass; however, plastic may be a better choice if you have pets. No matter the style you choose, be sure it’s large enough to hold at least one plant and a few Halloween trinkets.
Step Two: Choose Your Plants & Soil
Next, you’ll need to choose your plant (or plants). Succulents and air plants are often found in open terrariums. On the other hand, moss does better in an enclosed terrarium. If you need help deciding on which plants to include in your terrarium, you check out this terrarium plant guide. You’ll need to include a one-inch layer of potting soil as the base. If you opt for an enclosed terrarium, begin with a layer of charcoal to allow for drainage.
Step Three: Choose Your Decorations
And now, the best part: choosing your Halloween decorations! If you want to create a DIY graveyard terrarium, we recommend purchasing some tiny headstones and skeletons. Look for them at the dollar store, or buy them at a pop-up Halloween shop. Tip: Spray paint your plastic skeletons gold to create a sophisticated spooky vibe.
Step Four: Build Your Terrarium
Now, it’s time to assemble your terrarium. Follow these instructions. (Note: These instructions are for assembling an open container terrarium.)
- Add an approximately one-inch layer of potting soil to the base of your terrarium’s vessel.
- Next, add a layer of stones, pebbles, or gravel. We used black fish tank pebbles, which you can buy at any pet store. In addition to the black pebbles, we added some extra gray stones to give it a more dynamic texture.
- Now you’ll add your plants. Dig a small hole (or holes) in the soil and gravel to place your plant(s) so they can take root. If you’re adding multiple plants to your terrarium, be sure they have enough room to grow. Once your plants are placed, fill in the holes again with soil.
- The last step to building DIY graveyard terrariums is to create your spooky scene. Assemble your spooky items in any way you like to make your terrarium look like a mini haunted graveyard. Don’t worry about making it perfect, just have fun with it!
- Don’t forget to water your terrarium regularly to keep your plants alive!