Dollar Tree Terrarium – Perfect for All Seasons

This Dollar Tree terrarium is the perfect addition for an easy year-round display. You can make this cute and affordable craft which can be dressed up or left natural.

Check your craft stash and closets because you might have everything you need already. This easy Dollar Tree craft uses a clay pot and saucer, a globe vase, paint, and a wood round or bead. Let’s get started.

Horizontal image of white terrarium made of a clay pot, saucer, wood bead, and a fish bowl vase from the Dollar Tree set on a jute placement in front of a white tile wall.
This easy craft makes a beautiful and neutral display for year-round decor.

Make an Easy Terrarium for Year-Round Displays

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I always bring crafts on vacation but they are usually quick and easy DIY projects. While my husband and daughter are occupied with naps, reading, or daddy / daughter date stuff, I will set up a little area and take a break from the business of vacationing.

Normally, I take polymer or air dry clay, hand sewing crafts, or painting projects because after I do them, they are usually SOLID and I don’t have to worry about transporting anything fragile. But this trip, I was meeting a friend who wanted to craft a few specific things she’d seen at my home and this little terrarium project was one of them. Transporting a glass jar or globe made me nervous, but everything worked out.


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No time to make this right now or need to grab a globe vase? Save this to an easy Dollar Store crafts pin board or share it on Facebook. Both will make it easy to find when you’re ready to start this easy project.

Vertical image of a close up of a clear globe vase filled with flowers on top of a painted white clay pot topped with a saucer and wood ball in front of a white tile wall.
This easy Dollar Tree DIY project idea is perfect for a year-round display.

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Be sure to check out my DIY Mini Gnome Planters with Dollar Tree Supplies. These succulent terrariums were a big hit!

Tips for Making this Terra Cotta Pot Terrarium

  • All Dollar Trees are different so you may need to find some of the craft supplies at a big box or craft store, but I was able to find everything except the saucer at mine.
  • Use chalk paint on the terra cotta if you can because it covers very well and doesn’t seem to be absorbed as easily as acrylic paint. Another option is to seal the pieces first to avoid it absorbing so much of the paint color.
  • E6000 is my glue of choice for this project but if you need to work on it all in one sitting, use a mix of hot glue and E6000. Use alternating dots of each one, taking care not to mix them.
  • Take the extra step to seal the painted clay pot and terra cotta saucer. The piece will show wear and tear if you don’t because the paint will chip off.
  • These same supplies can be turned into an adorable gum ball machine, too! You can use real gum balls or brightly colored pompoms to achieve the look.
Square close up image of a clay pot and fish bowl vase terrarium with moss and yellow flowers inside sitting atop a jute placemat in front of a tile wall.
This adorable Dollar Tree craft is the perfect afternoon craft.


How to Make a Simple Terrarium Display

Below is the written and printable tutorial for this easy craft idea. If you are a visual learner, watch the full Dollar Tree clay pot terrarium video tutorial on YouTube. While you’re there, please subscribe – we have a lot of fun over there with easy projects like these.

Yield: 1 terrarium

Dollar Tree Clay Pot Terrarium

Square close up image of a clay pot and fish bowl vase terrarium with moss and yellow flowers inside sitting atop a jute placemat in front of a tile wall.

Make this year round Dollar Tree terrarium display and swap the contents for each season or holiday in just minutes. Read the tips for additional ideas.

Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy


  • 1 clay saucer (lid) 4.5”
  • 1 clay pot (base) 4.5”
  • 1 large wooden bead (I used 1 inch)
  • 1 clear globe vase (fish bowl vase)
  • white chalk paint
  • E6000 glue
  • ribbon
  • moss
  • silk flowers
  • sealant (optional, but recommended)


  • Glue Gun and Glue Stick
  • Foam Paintbrush


  1. Paint the wood bead, clay pot, and bottom of the saucer with white chalk paint (I used two coats).Clay pot, saucer, chalk paint, and foam brush on white background and showing the first step to make a simple terrarium for display.
  2. Using the E6000, glue the knob to the center of the bottom of the saucer and the globe vase to the bottom of the clay pot. Optional: you may both use the E6000 and the hot glue, just take care not to mix them.Step 2 for the Dollar Tree terrarium craft is shown with crafter using E600 glue to affix the fish bowl vase to the bottom of the terra cotta pot.
  3. Decorate the terrarium by using hot glue and ribbon. I affixed mine to the very bottom of the clay pot nearest to the fish bowl vase.Horizontal image showing globe vase terrarium, Dollar Tree ribbon, a glue gun, and florals on white background.
  4. Add decorations into the vase and top with the saucer to display. Horizontal image showing step 4 of the clay pot terrarium with Dollar Tree globe vase and clay pot.


Use sandpaper to rough up the edges of the saucer and pot for a rustic or farmhouse style.

To change out the items quickly, place this over a basket or box filled with each holiday and season's goodies.

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Stacked vertical image showing a white terrarium with yellow flowers inside with text which reads dollar tree terrarium quick and easy DIY.
Make this fun terrarium using a fish bowl vase, a clay pot, and a saucer.

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