We’re approaching the end of our DIY wedding favor series, but I guarantee you will love our last picks as much as the first ones. These vertical terrarium wedding favors make great gifts because they don’t take any room, and are extremely easy to maintain. Who wouldn’t want to bring a little bit of the outdoors to their home or office?

– Gravel (can be found at any pet store in the aquarium section)
– Air plants, cactus or succulents (you will need a small amount of potting soil if not using air plants)
– Moss
– spray paint
– magnetic metal tins (from here or here, you just need to slap magnetic tape on the back!)
– Dremel tool
– painter’s tape
– E6000 glue

Cover your tins with painter’s tape before you begin spray painting the inside of them. Spray tins with 3-4 light coats until they have are opaque in solid white. While your tins are drying, remove the acrylic top from all lids by putting a small amount of pressure with your hands to pop them off. Measure the diameter and mark a line with a permanent marker. Using the diamond cutter tip of your Dremel tool, slice all acrylic lids in halves (you can also try different shapes or drill holes). Lightly sand the edges using a sander tip of your Dremel tool.

Place acrylic tops back in the metal frame of the caps and glue both pieces. We also recommend dabbing the edges of the tins with a q-tip with glue to seal the lids to prevent the weight from the gravel popping out of the containers. It took one wall terrarium to splash gravel all over the floor for us to figure that out :)

Once your tins are dry from spray paint, remove tape and wash tins with water and soap. Close all tins, now with open front lids. Add gravel, misty moss and air plants. If you prefer building a closed terrarium and skipping cutting the lids, you will need activated charcoal, which can be found in the aquarium section at any pet store. Air plants won’t work well in closed containers, so you may want to switch to ferns and small leafy plants.


Comments (64):

  • wedding ideas on May 18, 2017

    Who wouldn’t want to bring a little bit of the outdoors to their home or office?
  • Sjoerd Roland on March 16, 2017

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  • SusanNJ74 on August 23, 2016

    Where can I find tiny air plants or succulents for this project?
  • Rory on March 10, 2016

    IKEA sells these exact magnet cases for the fridge. But the lid would still need to cut in half
  • l on December 21, 2015

    Can these be made with live moss??
  • Carolynne on October 21, 2015

    These are so cute! I don't own a dremel tool though. Would I be able to use an x-acto knife and just sand paper?
  • Laura on April 23, 2015

    Your "PinIt" button link wont work!!!
  • Eveline on March 24, 2015

    Great project. Looks fabulous.
  • Rochelle Nichols on January 20, 2015

    They make these real handy spice holders that would work great for this. They are metal round with magnet already on the back. Has holes for shaking out or pouring the spices, so you wouldn't even have to cut the front. Just a thought.
  • Daniel @ The Smart Baker on January 15, 2015

    Gorgeous wedding! I love this!
  • Brittany on October 17, 2014

    How much light do these need?
  • Rings on October 3, 2014

    This was such a cool and great idea. Good job, going to try this with my kids now.
  • Taylor on June 24, 2014

    Thank you for sharing this! These seem so easy to make.
  • lalita on November 30, 2013

    Fantastic Idea................................... Thanks for sharing............................
  • Cheese on September 12, 2013

    Awesome idea! I'm planning on setting it to use in the near future :D. But, I would prefer keeping the containers closed. You mentioned activated charcoal, does this then provide for the oxygen? Could you tell me a little more about the requirements/specifics for the closed-off counterpart? Also, if you could mention more plants which would survive under these circumstances, you would help me out a lot!! Greets. Cheese
  • Anita Smith on August 19, 2013

    It looks great I'd like to try to grow a wall garden, but can't find the magnetic metal tins. Where can I locate these?
  • Kitty bar on August 10, 2013

    I love this idea. I sit next to a fridge at work n use as my wall. But the pictures I put on the fridge looks messy now this is a great idea instead thanks for the idea.
  • joan mosey on June 8, 2013

    Very interesting and looks like fun to make going to try a few of these thankyou
  • Chante on May 2, 2013

    What a lovely wedding idea! I'll be linking to it on our DIY Wedding Ideas pinboard. Check it out at pinterest.com/homedepot. - Chante
  • Rebecca on November 8, 2012

    I LOVE THIS. SO cute and perfect for my bathroom and office. Thanks for sharing! I've just discovered your blog and it's amazing btw. Looking forward to coming back for more :)
  • Mona Mulherin on October 4, 2012

    An outstanding share! I've just forwarded this onto a friend who was conducting a little research on this. And he in fact ordered me dinner because I found it for him... lol. So let me reword this.... Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending the time to discuss this subject here on your web site.
  • Silimaure on October 2, 2012

    I am thinking in the main bathroom. Perfect with the moisture from the shower and sink. Also some in the kitchen. Thanks for the great idea.
  • Katie on May 22, 2012

    I love these! I wonder if there is a reason for painting the inside of the pots white? Or is this decorational? Activiated Charcoal is supposed to help keep things "clean" in a terrarium I think. I have some in our closed lid, but there is still green in the soil, although not on the glass.
  • Tracy Wong on May 18, 2012

    Genius! I actually have an empty tin from chocolate treats that I'd like to use. Can't wait to try this!
  • Tina on April 18, 2012

    Love this idea! I just remodeled my bathroom and would love to add some greenery to it. However, the bathroom is small and there isn't much wall or counter space. I'm thinking of sticking them to a window just using another magnet on the outside of the window. Thanks for the inspiration!!!
  • Hendersonville Family Photos on April 12, 2012

    oh wow! what a cool idea. i bet those could work as magnets on a fridge as well.
  • Mika on March 19, 2012

    That's really cute and I will definitely be trying that soon. Just one question: I'm confused as to how big it is... can you give me an estimate of the diameter of the tin? Write on! :)
  • Angelia on March 6, 2012

    Where do you find the tins?
  • Melanie Hurst on February 27, 2012

    these are so neat! these would be really cool on a wall! you could use velcro comands to be able to take them down for care! love love love this! =)
  • Mamma Ankka on January 25, 2012

    I just looove air plants and this idea is absolutley stunning:)!!
  • Renee on December 10, 2011

    Such a great idea!! I made these for a few friends for Christmas and they absolutely loved them. Definitely a creative and unique gift that looks great on the fridge or in and office.
  • Scott on November 27, 2011

    Very simple and elegant. I will suggest to my Brides as a terrific idea!
  • jacky @ small garden love on November 4, 2011

    How simple and lovely! would look great in my kitchen.
  • Wolf0x on November 2, 2011

    I have just notice that it does say at the bottom of the article that charcoal is needed if you do not cut the lid, but is there any benefit to using charcoal if the lid is not cut?
  • Wolf0x on November 2, 2011

    Absolutely amazing idea and I intend on getting started on this as soon a possible but I was wondering what is the species of plant that is in the terrarium in the last image as it looks rather nice. Also is that black gravel in the third last picture actually charcoal and is the moss used sphagnum moss?
  • PlantLover on November 2, 2011

    Love it! What kind of Moss did you use? And where did you get it? Thanks a lot, I look forward to building my own.
  • on October 27, 2011

    Gillian, To install these tins on the wall you can screw small metal plates, found at any harwadware store. Hope this helps!
  • Gillian on October 1, 2011

    These are so cute! Any tips for handing on walls rather than a fridge? My fridge never gets any light on it.
  • Nicoletta on September 26, 2011

    I love it! (and reblogged at http://1129designorecchinigioielli.blogspot.com/2011/09/giardini-in-miniatura-per-il.html hope you don't mind) best nicoletta
  • Rylei Miu on September 23, 2011

    Thanks for sharing! Looks like fabulous green idea for small space apartments!
  • lorena on August 18, 2011

    Amei este terrário, posso postar no meu blog? bjocas.
  • Claire Martine on July 25, 2011

    Oh Wow! I love these beautiful little terrariums! How do you make sure the magnets are strong enough?
  • Karen on July 4, 2011

    I am always on the lookout for fun ideas to share at my works craft-Christmas party, fast, easy and fun are some of the most important factors. I think I will give these out as kits and send them home with my co-workers! Thank you for posting!
  • fathima on May 9, 2011

    Really love these, I did a post on them on my blog :)
  • on May 5, 2011

    Paul, that's a good idea, though I am not sure if the magnetic paint would be strong enough to hold the weight of the tins. Not that they are super heavy, but it's worth a try.
  • paul eric lagace on May 4, 2011

    If you would like to stick them on a wall, paint your wall with magnetic paint. With matching colors, nobody will know why things stick to your walls!
  • Kristina on May 3, 2011

    This is a really neat and easy project. I could spruce up the filing cabinets at work!
  • Melissa on May 3, 2011

    How did you transport these so they stayed intact?
  • carolee sperry a.k.a the blogging biz mom on May 3, 2011

    That is the coolest thing I've seen in a while... That would be a great project to do with kids!
  • Nidhi on May 3, 2011

    I created something similar a year ago but the plants died. :( Can somebody tell me what is the lifecycle of these terrariums? They won't obviously keep growing for life. So how do you maintain the size and life of these plants? Help!
  • on April 24, 2011

    Jan, I bought the mini air plants from a recommendation from this bride (http://ruffledblog.com/diy-lightbulb-terrarium-place-cards/). I wrote in the instructions to send me the smallest plants they had (1-2 inches wide). When you receive the plants, they include a print out on how to care of them. They recommend misting or watering these plants twice a week.
  • Jan on April 24, 2011

    Oh I LOVE this! I've always wanted one of those miniature bromiliads but didn't have any idea where to grow it so I could really enjoy it. This gives me a very good reason to clean off my refrigerator! Now where can I find a miniature orchid! And what a great gift idea for a teacher or co-worker. It would brighten up the front of any filing cabinet!
  • laura on April 23, 2011

    Air plants need to be misted or submerged in water every once in a while. I have an ex who had one in college, and he would run in under water every month or so.
  • Kathy on April 23, 2011

    How would you hang them on a wall?
  • Kate on April 20, 2011

    Do you need to water or care for the plants?
  • Lilia Ahner on April 14, 2011

    Fabulous idea, I would love to receive a terrarium as a wedding favor!
  • holly anne on April 14, 2011

    i am so crazy about this idea! i have a half globe hanging fish tank that i wanted to turn into a terrarium, but i never thought about hanging terrariums as wedding favors before, brilliant!
  • Pat Templeton on April 13, 2011

    love this! Great idea!
  • Julie on April 13, 2011

    What a fantastic idea! Thank you for sharing these instructions. I've been looking for some wall decor -- I think I've found a winner!
  • Elizabeth Gall on April 13, 2011

    What a fantastic idea - think i might have to make some of these for on our fridge!
  • Zachariah Ishmael on April 12, 2011

    Very cool! Modern and stylish
  • ann wedding favors on April 12, 2011

    These are great! It is easy to make and you can display this in the living room or perhaps in your own bedroom.
  • Deborah Ocasio on April 12, 2011

    These are very very clever! I would have never thought of this! I was thinking maybe instead of putting them together maybe make a kit with everything and instructions? Thank you for sharing! I love it!
  • Ashley Stuart on April 12, 2011

    These are simply stunning. Not to mention creative! Thank you for sharing!


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