One Gallon Glass Jars Upcycle {Terrarium & Aquarium}

Jul 14, 2016 | DIY & Crafts, Home Decor

Good Day fellow crafters,

Shane & Ava have developed an obsession for Apple Juice, however if you’ve been around my blog you know that I am pretty picky when it comes to what my family puts in their body. So I typically opt for the huge gallon glass jar of R.W. Knudsen Organic 100% Apple Juice because there is no added sugar, and you can see all the pulpy goodness at the bottom of the jar….which is the healthy stuff not icky as some may say.

Any who…I have apparently become a hoarder of these huge glass jars because they are just too cool to throw out. However, hoarding is apparently a bad habit and I needed to do something with them or put them out in this week’s recycle. So Ava & I decided to visit the pet store for some aquatic plants…. (i totally got a fuzzy moss ball & love it!). We went home and started on our little projects, these are seriously the easiest upcycle projects I’ve ever done.

I hope that you find some use in this post & you too can become a recovering hoarder!


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  • Pre washed Glass Jar(s)
  • funnel

For Terrarium:

  • Gravel/Pebbles
  • Sand
  • Dirt (if using succulents)
  • Moss
  • Propagated Succulent leaves

For Aquarium:

  • Gravel/Pebbles
  • Sand
  • Aquatic Plants & or fish
  • Rope
  • Hot glue & glue gun


  1. Preheat your glue gun and slowly glue around tip of jar, where the lid screws in and mid portion of your jar. I recommend doing this if you can’t get the sticky goo off from the papers.
  2. Using a funnel, add a nice thick layer of pebbles – then sand.
  3. For the aquarium, add your plants in making sure to place the roots under the sand and drop your little moss balls in if you got any (which you totally should have gotten one or two, because they are just too adorable and fuzzy not to have…ha!)
  4. For the terrarium, add a layer of dirt or cactus soil and place your propagated succulent leaves in as well as your moss. I used chopsticks to move the moss around, feel free to do the same.

There you have it. You are all done with your up cycled craft….woohoo!


Question of the Day:

What are you doing with your glass jars?

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Written By: Ashleigh Nicole

Written By: Ashleigh Nicole

Ashleigh is a mother & wife who enjoys blogging in hopes to change this world for the better. Wanting to heal others inside-out as well as healing our planet Earth. Her passions include balancing the mind through meditation, knowledge & conscious parenting, the body through plant based eating, alternative medicine, & yoga, and the soul through up cycling, gardening, & sustainability. Keep your life balanced & subscribe to her weekly emails, like OmLivin’ on FB or check her out on Google+ for more.

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