DIY Coffee Mug Herb Garden

DIY Coffee Mug Herb Garden

I‘ve had gardens on the mind lately! Last week I shared a DIY Terrarium Diffuser. Guess thinking about gardening makes sense, since it’s spring and all.

Do you have an indoor herb garden? Fresh herbs are so yummy for cooking and can make a charming addition to your kitchen decor, too.

You may have seen my coffee mug gardens in my book Simple Decorating! You can use any pot or container you like for your herbs. I don’t worry too much about having the right containers or growing conditions. I just have fun with it!

DIY Coffee Mug Herb Garden

I used mugs from here (always love their affordable mugs!).

DIY Coffee Mug Herb Garden

These (or the DIY diffuser terrariums!) would make really thoughtful gifts for teachers or housewarming gifts. You could even put together a sweet little package with a plant in a mug and add a copy of my book Dwelling or Simple Decorating, too!

DIY Coffee Mug Herb Garden

I added these Copper Plant Markers (similar vertical ones here) to my herb gardens. We just wrote on ours with a Sharpie!

You can scroll the arrows below to find other cute plant markers (some of them say the herb names!).

DIY Coffee Mug Herb Garden

I have some adorable gardening-related gifts and supplies in my Garden Shop! Planters, garden tools, the cutest garden gloves and boots…oh my! I am so happy spring has arrived!

Speaking of gardens, have you been to Buchart Garden in Victoria? If you want to get inspired, it is the place to go! You can visit virtually, I did a post with photos from my trip to Buchart Gardens a few years back.

Do you plant any herbs indoors this time of year?

DIY Coffee Mug Herb Garden
DIY Coffee Mug Herb Garden
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More garden posts on The Inspired Room:

Did you see the update to our side patio? You can see the updated space here (thank you so much for all your nice comments!).

Five 5 Minute Gardens (including teacup gardens!)

DIY Terrarium Diffuser

Spring in Our Outdoor Oasis (A Side Patio Refresh)

My Potting Area and Lily’s Garden

My Backyard Tour and Secret Garden (previous house)

DIY Pallet Garden

Find lots of cute garden accessories in my Garden Shop!

DIY Terrarium Diffuser

DIY Terrarium Diffuser

Tending to a garden is a calming, therapeutic experience. I’ve often said that I almost like gardening more than I like decorating! Today I’ll show you how to make an easy succulent terrarium diffuser garden.

DIY Terrarium Diffuser

Planting a garden for health, stress-relief and self-care is one of the practical suggestions I shared in my new book, Dwelling. Creating gardens has been so good for my own well-being over the years, whether it was a miniature version or a full-sized one!

DIY Terrarium Diffuser

My girls and I got inspired this weekend to make little terrarium gardens. Not only is a miniature garden a therapeutic project anyone can do alone, it can be a really fun party or family activity.

DIY Terrarium Diffuser

You might remember that I’ve made other terrariums or miniature gardens in years past. They are just so simple to make, especially if you let go of perfection and just enjoy getting creative.

Here is how to make a terrarium diffuser garden!

DIY Terrarium Diffuser
  1. Gather your supplies.

    We stopped into our local garden center over the weekend and picked up some sweet succulents and air plants. We already had a couple of little containers at home–you can use just about any vessel (you might even remember the times when I made a garden in a teacup or coffee mug!).
DIY Terrarium Diffuser

For this project we used one small glass terrarium-style container for our air plants and then a small brass lantern for our terrarium diffuser garden. (This glass one is similar, or you’ll find other similar sources at the end of this post!) Each container has a little potted soil mix, some rocks, moss and plants.

DIY Terrarium Diffuser
DIY Terrarium Diffuser

2. It’s time to plant!

Put some little rocks in the bottom of your vessel for drainage and then cover them with potting mix. To get the plants into a small vessel, you can just remove some of the dirt around the roots so it will fit in better. Pat down the soil around the plants once they are in the vessel, and add more soil as needed. Cover the soil with small rocks and add some moss. You can also add a decorative stone, if desired!

DIY Terrarium Diffuser

I don’t use super precise instructions on how to plant or care for succulents, but usually they are pretty hardy! The key to keeping them alive seems to be to not overwater them. Even if the plants don’t make it very long, I still had fun making it!

DIY Terrarium Diffuser

3. Now add essential oils (optional).

It’s easy to turn your terrarium garden into a natural oil diffuser. Just add drops of essential oils to some moss! How neat is that? Now you can set your terrarium in your bathroom, by your bed, or on your desk so you can enjoy it.

As you inhale the scent of the oils, you’ll receive the health and mood-boosting benefits of your plant AND the essential oils!

I used about 5 drops of Peace & Calming oil in my terrarium and it smells amazing! Peace & Calming (and 11 other great oils plus an ultrasonic diffuser ) come in the essential oil starter kit I recommend. You can get the kit and oils with my link on this page.

Any of the oils from the kit would be wonderful in your succulent diffuser, too!

Peace & Calming
Lavender
Stress Away
Citrus Fresh
Frankincense
Peppermint
Lemon
Thieves
Raven
Valor

I also love to diffuse Peace & Calming in my ultrasonic diffuser (which also comes in the essential oils kit) because it is the best way to get the health and emotional benefits of essential oils into your home. You add water and the diffuser breaks the oils into millions of particles and disperses them into the air!

DIY Terrarium Diffuser

Peace & Calming really helps Jack (our Goldendoodle) when he’s feeling anxious. Diffusing is a calming evening ritual for him (and me!).

DIY Terrarium Diffuser

It’s so important to use non-toxic scents in your home!

My girls and I are sending out our top secret divine smelling Anthropologie-inspired essential oil diffuser blends and recipes along with other goodies in a bundle for anyone who gets their essential oil kit with us this month! You can read more about that here!

DIY Terrarium Diffuser
DIY Terrarium Diffuser

DIY Terrarium Diffuser
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