Tropical Terrariums Made Easy!

A step-by-step guide to building your own indoor jungle

Sure, building any old plant terrarium seems pretty straightforward. Plants + soil = win, right?

But, sadly they often don’t go the distance, and those Pinterest-perfect terrariums tend to go to pot within a couple of weeks because they’re fundamentally flawed (succulents? hell no).

Building a miniature tropical ecosystem that truly thrives takes a little more understanding, planning and skill. That’s exactly what you’re going to learn in The Essential Guide to Tropical Terrariums​.

As a former research scientist and now writer (and wholehearted terrarium lover), I’ve distilled thousands of hours of research and experience into this picture-filled guide.

Over 100+ pages (including the free Plants, Resources and Materials Guide), we’ll walk you through the entire process – over the shoulder – as we build a terrarium with you.

Build with confidence and you’ll be able to truly let your creativity run free!


What Are People Saying?

Happy Terrarium Builders!

Sarah Hansberry

After inheriting a large 1776 glass jar that had previously acted as a terrarium, I wanted to start one of my own.

The site and books user-friendly interface are an excellent way of displaying information, and the overall perfect amount of info on making a terrarium from scratch made it so I didn’t need any to spend massive amounts of time searching for other answers.

I can’t enthuse about Dan and his resources enough, he made a daunting challenge so much fun and now I have a terrarium I’m so proud of.

Learn From My Mistakes​

Why This Guide?

Remove the Guesswork

You can relax knowing that everything in your project is selected to work harmoniously together for a healthy tropical terrarium.

Save Time

Forget spending hours upon hours researching all the wrong plants and materials. Get a crystal clear picture of everything you need up front.

Save Money

Avoid wasting money on things you don't need, and plants that'll die a day after planting. Build a terrarium first time that goes the distance.

Get the Right Advice – It's a Jungle Out There...​

What You'll Learn!

Section #1: Plants

There are so many things to consider when selecting and sourcing plants – here we lay it all out on the table and make it easy for you.

Section #2: Materials

In this section we’ll cover everything you need in detail; from substrate to lids, we’ll answer every question.

Section #3: Preparation

Fail to prepare – Prepare to fail. In this section we’ll cover everything you need to save your terrarium from potential disaster.

Section #4: Build

In this section we take you step-by-step through the construction process to make sure it all comes together right.

Section #5: Care

As it’s a closed ecosystem, it’s critical to bring every element of the terrarium care into harmony. 

It's Completely Free!

What About the Plants, Resources & Materials Shopping Guide?

As a separate download included with the guide, you’ll find expanded plant lists to pick your ideal selection from, a full project shopping list so you can be sure to get everything you need, and finally a selection of sourcing options to easily find it all.

You've Got Questions, We've Got answers!

Commonly Asked Questions

The guide is a digital download via Payhip. Upon purchase you’ll immediately be presented with download links, and you’ll receive an email with a link that you can download from at any time. Easy!

The guide is a PDF download.

Absolutely! The PDF format is commonly accepted on most modern devices.

You will be able to use the download link 5 times to get the guide on your various  devices. If you have more than that, I’m genuinely curious why you need more than 5 devices…

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Within the confirmation email and on the Payhip page immediately after purchase. If this doesn’t work for you, reach out and we’ll find a way to get it to you right away!

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