I've been wanting a terrarium for a long time, so I made a terrarium. I'm not really a crafty, DIY kind of person (well, I'm DIY when it comes to painting walls and assembling furniture and copying others more creative than me). And I certainly don't have a green thumb.
Usually when I go to the nursery or Home Depot and come home with plants, my husband calls them my "victims." This is because I'm usually too lazy or distracted to ever plant the poor things into the ground, so they wither out on my patio in their little plastic containers. I have a fair success rate with things that I do manage to finally plant, but I only buy the hardiest of perennials for our yard. I live in a hot and arid zone, so drought-tolerant is important, too. That said, I have a few rose bushes that we inherited when we bought the house, and those suckers are some tough cookies. I ignore the heck out of them, barely remember to cut them back most winters, and still, they bloom and thrive every spring and well into the fall. (I do take pity and fertilize them off and on over the summer.)
So anyway. Here's my terrarium of succulents. I left out the big green one -- it felt like it would be too crowded in there. I'm also not sure what to think about that crazy guy with the curly leaves spilling everywhere. (It reminds me of my own hair: curly and too big). Not sure if it's going to be allowed to stay, but for now it remains. From the beginning, this project was intended for the kitchen island. I never know quite what to put on the island -- usually it's a bowl of fruit. Very occasionally, it's a vase of fresh flowers. I've often used this big glass bowl (from World Market) in the past. It's held river rocks and candles and even red and green crystal rocks during the holidays. Anyway, the island seems to call for something not purely decorative, and yet not just a small, functional bowl of bananas, either. Enter the terrarium.
I won't tell you how to make your own, because the information is all over the web. And also, I don't want to be mistaken for somebody who knows what they're doing. (Regarding terrariums or pretty much anything else.) I did read that succulents require full sunlight, which they're not going to get here in my kitchen. That said, I've had several types of succulents around the house before that don't ever receive full sun, just bright indoor light, and they seem to do fine.