I think Cacti / Succulent gardens are just so incredibly gorgeous and I would LOVE to receive one as a gift.
First of all watch this awesome video and follow the instructions to make a DIY Succulent or Cacti garden.
I bet you are dying to know what the difference is between a cactus and a succulent?!
According to the University of California Master Gardener Denise Levine:
All cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti. Succulents (from the Latin word “succulentus,” for juice or sap) are defined by their moisture-storing capacity and come from many botanical families. Medicinal aloe veras and familiar Chicks and Hens are two examples of succulents many of us are familiar with.
Cacti have small, round, cushion-like structures called areoles from which spines, branches, hair, leaves and even flowers grow. While many succulents may look like cacti in every other respect, if they don’t have these circular areoles, they are not in the cactus (Cactaceae) family.
Another distinction is that succulents are native to most parts of the world, but cacti are only indigenous from Alaska to Chile in the Western Hemisphere. Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine have never found a native cactus, but Canada has found several that have evolved to survive Canada’s freezing winters.
Cactus varieties and other succulents are known as survivors. Their tough skin makes them unappetizing to most pests and predators, and because their stems, leaves or roots hold so much water, they are able to survive long dry spells.
Thorny spines are the best defenses for many varieties of cactus. But other succulents have even more creative tricks for survival.
OK, onto the lovely business of putting these adorable things together.
These are my most favorite DIYs that I could find.
I love this one in a very plain and simple glass jar.
Plain and Simple Terrarium in a glass jar
Found via BHG
DIY Planters for succulents
This DIY is actually to make the planters, they are super cute.
Found via Succulents and Sunshine
Magical garden terrarium
This is a beautiful terrarium, almost like a little magical garden.
Found via World Market
Individual glass containers for succulents
These are so sweet in a little glass containers.
Found via Kristin Eldridge
This is a lovely, traditional terrarium in a wide open glass container.
Found via The DIY Playbook
Succulents in brass mugs
I love this one!! Isn’t it so gorgeous in these brass mugs. Stunning!!
Found via Blue Bird Kisses
PVC Pipe Planters
These planters are uber cute DIY, from PVC pipes. How amazing!
Found via The Happier Homemaker
These are darling, I just love all the colors together.
Found via Akailo Chic Life
This bowl is gorgeous, I love the pattern on it. You could get similar bowls from Anthropologie.
Found via Place Of My Taste
Succulent Planter Tutorial
This is a little more complex, but would make the most stunning gift don’t you think?
Found via Cherished Bliss
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To make your life easier, I’ve got a round up of terrariums to buy. They really do make beautiful and thoughtful gifts.
DIY Terrarium Kit
I hope you having a little “cacti love” in your life. Let me know if you love them as much as I do!