How to build a terrarium

Get creative with nature and build your own terrarium by following this step-by-step video.

This guide is part of our Sense Arts, Sport & Wellbeing programme. This activity can be done at a time that suits you, either in your own space or in an educational setting.

Who is this for?

This is a crafting activity for people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities and can be enjoyed by anyone. 

Why does this make a difference?

This is a creative and sensory activity that helps people learn by engaging with nature and using their senses to connect with their surroundings, exploring touch and different textures while supporting independent choice.

What happens in the video?

Step 1

Put on some gardening gloves, and make sure you have a clear jar or container, some stones or pebbles, compost or soil, natural materials like pinecones and twigs, and some plants. 

Step 2

Put a thin layer of pebbles into the container, followed by the compost. Then, arrange any extra materials inside. Enjoy the textures and smells.

Step 3

Finally, carefully plant in small plants, cuttings, fresh herbs - whatever you have available. 

This activity was created by Kew Gardens.