DIY Mini Jungle Terrarium

We’ve brought The Jungle Book to life in our recent Disney x Cath Kidston collaboration. You can recreate the leafy and exotic scenes from The Jungle Book too, bring the outdoors inside by creating your own plant-filled Terrarium. It’s super simple and fun to create, and even easier to maintain, what’s not to love!

When choosing your pretty plants for your mini jungle, make sure to choose small plants which will fit inside your glass container, and won’t grow too tall. Make sure when you’re choosing your plants to keep succulents and cacti together, and tropical and fern plants together. They will need different levels of water and soil. Soil for cacti is best for succulents and standard potting soil should be used for all other plants.

Pick out the perfect plants for your own Terrarium, roll up your sleeves and get stuck in!

Follow our simple steps below and you’ll have your own mini green luscious garden which will look pretty on your desk, and can even improve indoor air quality! 

What you’ll need:

Glass container
Activated Charcoal


Step 1: Completely cover the bottom of your terrarium glass container with one and a half inch layer of pebbles, or small stones. The first layer of small stones or pebbles will allow your terrarium to drain. Make sure you leave plenty of space at the top of the glass container, ensuring the terrarium won’t look too full.

Step 2: Add a layer of activated charcoal. Carefully add a thin layer of activated charcoal powder, it will absorb moisture and extra water, as well as stopping bacteria growing keeping your terrarium plant healthy and happy.

Step 3: Add a layer of potting soil. Next, add a layer of soil around 2 ½ – 3 inches deep. This will make sure your plants are able to root and grow.

Step 4: Add your plants! Start by planting your largest plant first. Remove the plant from its container and prepare the roots by gently teasing the bottom, just like you would when repotting.


Step 5: Now, create a hole in the soil which is big enough for the plant’s roots. make a hole in the soil large enough to fit the plants’ roots. Place moss around the plants, gently patting the moss into the soil.

Carefully place the plant into the soil, have fun with this and create your very own design within the soil by placing plants in whichever way you like!

Tip: If you’re planting cacti remember to use gloves!

Now marvel at your own mini jungle, make sure to take good care of it by watering it when you can feel the soil getting dry, usually every 2 weeks. Place it in an area of your home which receives regular natural light, keeping it out of direct sunlight.

Dreaming of more green jungle scenes? Take a stroll through our Jungle World to explore how we have transformed the classic film into a swinging new Jungle Book x Cath Kidston Collection