Make an AWESOME Terrarium for FREE!

  • Published on Apr 21, 2018
  • Terrariums are great fun and I honestly think the world would be a better place if everyone would make one! I could list a number of reasons why I think this, but that's not the point of the video.
    I get a ton of comments and excuses from people as to why they can't make a terrarium. Some say that they don't want to kill any plants and others say that they don't have any money. My response generally is something like, “They don't cost much to make and are easy to maintain. You should create one.” That said, I don't believe in making excuses for anything and in this video, I wanted to take down the myth that terrariums are expensive to construct. In fact, you could make one for $0 if you are still on the fence.
    It should go without saying that there are a number of ways to make an effective terrarium. The methods that I show in this video are simply adaptations of what I find to be extremely effective. So if you have not yet jumped into the world of terrariums, now is your time! Seriously, go outside and get it done already... you'll thank me later.
    On a side note, if you're not good with plants or live in a temperate area, I recommend starting out with moss, liverwort and selaginella (spike moss), if you can find it. Mosses are in most cases bullet proof and work extremely well in terrariums. Also a lot of temperate plants just won't work in a terrarium. You may think you're doing something wrong, when in actuality it's the plants. Also, I'm not saying that you're guaranteed to have success the first time. If for whatever your first terrarium fails, don't be discouraged! It happens to a lot of people. The whole process is a beautiful learning experience, if you choose to embrace it.
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Comments • 1 072

  • Sunflower
    Sunflower 7 hours ago

    Great video

  • Eli Dole
    Eli Dole 9 hours ago +1

    I just took notes on this whole video to make a terrarium of my own. It is winter right now so I have to wait a little bit for at least the snow to melt to attempt this. I really love these little terrariums you make and I am going to cover my house with them! I am also going to attempt to make my fish tank and ball python enclosure bio active. I love nature and your channel can easily help guide me in the right direction. I watched other videos but they aren't so easy to understand. I like that you actually explain the point of each "layer" and what things do to keep everything living and happy!!!! Keep doing what you doing it's an amazing quality

  • waQv
    waQv 10 hours ago

    I made one today hope it stays healthy it looks great tho 👌

  • Cactus Wren
    Cactus Wren 20 hours ago

    Hey, you desert folks... there are 100 species of MOSS that live in the Mojave Desert. Even more in the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts. And little ferns too. You just have to look a bit more closely in unexpected places and at different elevations!! No excuses! :))

  • Lackadaisical Child

    I love this video. I also would love if you did a video for found plants like this but with a 10 gallon tank instead of a jar.

  • Dornul
    Dornul 2 days ago

    Does the lid need to be on there or can you leave it open too?

  • Camille Tournie
    Camille Tournie 2 days ago

    1:03 ewwww someone explain this please

  • Sarah S
    Sarah S 2 days ago

    I have a fear of bugs and am wondering if when you make a terrarium they ever take over? I’m afraid of ending up with a jar of bugs

  • Trollgummas Zauberwelt

    It seems to me that you haven't got only one "green thumb" as we say in Germany, you have got ten of them - so amazing!
    I've never seen such terrariums before and logically I do not have any experience with these wonderful things.
    But I am so excited, want to go outside and collect everything I need to build this terrarium.
    May I ask questions?
    What happens next? Does the moss live "forever"? Do I have to cut it sometimes? Do I have to water it?

  • Sam Rose
    Sam Rose 3 days ago

    How long do they last

  • Cekovich B
    Cekovich B 3 days ago

    I was so curious about the video until I see his shoes.

  • lyonclaws
    lyonclaws 4 days ago

    Where do you get the spray?

  • Todd Maag
    Todd Maag 5 days ago

    Mmmm .........texture.

  • Gypsy
    Gypsy 6 days ago

    How does it survive without air?

  • Pipi Lotti
    Pipi Lotti 6 days ago

    When spirit work with the hand
    there is art.

  • Mohammed Tanveer
    Mohammed Tanveer 7 days ago

    I am like you

  • fausto aleman
    fausto aleman 8 days ago

    how often do you have to water this?

  • Rusty Richardson
    Rusty Richardson 9 days ago

    You got a new subscriber. Will be watching more.

  • Mohammad Al-Musalami
    Mohammad Al-Musalami 10 days ago


  • WiggersART
    WiggersART 12 days ago

    i have a hard time figuring out where to get active carbon. in this vid you arent using carbon. so i wonder how important it is.

  • Kat Kenworthy
    Kat Kenworthy 12 days ago

    I'd love to be able to just grab things from my backyard but everything is poisonous in Australia... Even the plants😂

  • Mal est.96
    Mal est.96 13 days ago

    Hello, how is the Prego Terrarium doing to this day?

  • Enterprise 83
    Enterprise 83 16 days ago


  • Lee Cander
    Lee Cander 16 days ago

    Is living moss safe to use?

    • Lee Cander
      Lee Cander 16 days ago

      I've seen some channels saying don't use live moss or soil

  • Noah Lim
    Noah Lim 19 days ago

    Omg this video was so helpful. Thanks man!! 🙏

  • Frances Gibbs
    Frances Gibbs 21 day ago

    Your video is awesome! There is a scattering of snow on the ground right now here in Southern Michigan but after watching this, I couldn't wait until spring. Going for a walk today, I was amazed at how much life there is under the surface - even in winter - and my first terrarium turned out wonderfully. For a year or so I've been saving the carbon granules from old fish filters for this very purpose but was nervous to give it a try. Thanks for the confidence!

  • Vikings Flame
    Vikings Flame 21 day ago

    Oh, I plan on making one! I'm hoping to do one inn the morning!

  • Irish Potatoling
    Irish Potatoling 21 day ago +1

    I’m so happy I came across your channel! Thank you for the ideas and information!!!

  • SnakyBadger Lujan
    SnakyBadger Lujan 22 days ago +1

    Is “I live in the desert” a good excuse?

    SPUDtheSCARECROW69 23 days ago

    wtf r ur webs there ahahaa

    KAJ JAK 23 days ago

    17:28 I feel personally targeted 😒😅

  • leosparrow _
    leosparrow _ 24 days ago

    Maybe this is a stupid question but: My apartment is relatively dark since I live on ground level and need to keep my shutters closed so people don't keep peeping in. Is that a problem for the moss or is it okay with few natural light?

    • SerpaDesign
      SerpaDesign  24 days ago

      They should do fine under those conditions.

  • firesong83
    firesong83 24 days ago

    How could anyone not like this?

  • Grace Neville
    Grace Neville 24 days ago

    I made one of these almost 2 years ago from stuff in my back yard. I didn’t put any plants in there, just dirt, some bark, and a stick. It’s still alive today and has cool stuff growing in it even though I never planted anything!

  • Robot831
    Robot831 24 days ago

    Excuse me sir, don't we need carbon?

  • Air Pee
    Air Pee 25 days ago


  • Jimmy Fee
    Jimmy Fee 25 days ago

    Man how do you know all those scientific names and how to identify them? That's crazy

  • Owen Miller
    Owen Miller 26 days ago

    Its early winter and most things are frozen but no snow
    How can i get plants and moss from nature without waiting for summer

  • Red
    Red 27 days ago

    I live in the desert.

  • Gundam
    Gundam 28 days ago

    Did you say deep chlorinated water?

  • Chandler Walters
    Chandler Walters 28 days ago

    Do I have to throw it out after a while

  • The incarnation of boredom

    I tried to make a terrarium a few years ago and it died so quickly. I think it was because I over watered it, and also the soil around here isn't great (its mostly clay)
    Maybe I'll try this again

  • Megan Mills
    Megan Mills 28 days ago +1

    Hey Tanner I just finished my first terrarium based off of this video! It worked out really well but the inside seems to constantly have condensation on it and it is really foggy. Is there any way to fix that or is it just something that normally happens?? I thought about making a little hump with hot glue on the middle of the lid to make the water drip from it; would this work/ is it safe for the plants?

    • Musa Hussain
      Musa Hussain 27 days ago +1

      If your terrarium constantly has condensation on the lid, it means you've over watered it, wipe the water off with a paper towel or cotton wool until condensation only appears at dusk and dawn.

  • xinshishinra
    xinshishinra 29 days ago

    This is a great way to use our glass containers we'd just throw out. Great for practicing and gift giving. I'm also a fan of ispods and been wanting to have some for pets and now I can do it.

  • Emrah Boyoglu
    Emrah Boyoglu 29 days ago

    thanks :) nice video

  • Laima Wolf
    Laima Wolf Month ago +1

    Says cool moss names
    Oh..... Aren't... Aren't they the same?
    Look moss,more moss,another moss

  • cocomansmama
    cocomansmama Month ago +1

    My son and I made 2 closed terrariums for a school project when he was in 1st grade, he is now a sophomore in high school...they are now 10 years old :) I love your channel!

  • Gixxer Tom
    Gixxer Tom Month ago

    Very nice video. It inspired me to make 4 yesterday. I was going to give them away for Christmas gifts, but hey look so good.............Oh, and a good tip. You can find really unusual containers at Goodwill for next to nothing.

  • Billy Bob
    Billy Bob Month ago

    Very very nice thank you

  • JunJunFred Playz
    JunJunFred Playz Month ago

    does wall moss work?

  • Lana Douberly
    Lana Douberly Month ago

    anyone who tries to tell me that this can't be an art form is wrong. i love this.

    NARKISDUDE Month ago

    You should feel lucky living near all that moss, all that life, in the middle east it's pretty much non existent.

  • M Ahmed
    M Ahmed Month ago

    How and when should I water the terrarium

  • DER_ LU
    DER_ LU Month ago

    What's "De-Cornaidet Water" ?

  • Akshaya Nandhini
    Akshaya Nandhini Month ago

    Can we use muslin cloth for false bottom

  • asotoole1985
    asotoole1985 Month ago

    Dude, I love how encouraging you are! If Bob Ross were your age and did terrariums instead, this is how he'd sound. Bravo!

  • david elguea
    david elguea Month ago

    Thank you Tanner i found your videos helpful and i was inspired to make terrariums and vivariums, ripariums and so on so i am now starting a RU-clip channel.

  • Gia Rcheulishvili
    Gia Rcheulishvili Month ago

    Thanks for such a great video!

  • Emma König
    Emma König Month ago

    Can I do this without the plastic?

  • Jason Cole
    Jason Cole Month ago

    I have a five litre jar and I am going to make a terrarium