Christmas Terrarium With Bottle Brush Christmas Trees

3 Materials
15 Minutes

Friends, this is another post where I sit and ask myself, is this even worth sharing a tutorial of? But, then I do an IGTV of the project and it goes crazy! I realize quickly, people need to know about this easy, DIY Christmas terrarium that includes just few a materials!

All you need is three things to make this beautiful Christmas terrarium: a glass cake stand, bottle brush Christmas trees, and artificial snow. That’s it! In a sea of intricate, expensive Christmas DIY, this is a gem of beautiful, budget friendly decor!

I went from this simple above cabinet decor, to a Christmas show stopper!

See what I mean? It’s almost too easy! Almost . . . 😉


  • Cake stands(s)
  • Bottle brush trees
  • Fake snow

Originally I had decided to do garland over these cabinets. But as I stared at the cake stands that were already in place, I though about how beautiful and popular terrariums have been lately. And I figured, I already have fake snow and plenty of bottle brush trees . . . why not make a Christmas terrarium! 


First, if you’re kitchen is anything like mine, above your cabinets gets a tad bit dusty . . . and really, who gets up there and dusts unless there’s a reason? To dust simply to dust doesn’t fit my personality. But give me a reason . . . like a terrarium, and I’m ready to get dirty! Or is it clean? 😉

Place the bottle bush trees on the cake stand. Secure to the bottoms of the trees with tape if needed. Use three to five trees per stand. I loved the added dimension of using different colored trees for a little bit of sass. You can stick to traditional or go crazy with some fun colors if you want!

Once you have all the trees in place and have made sure the lids can still fit on the top with enough clearance for your tallest tree, you’re ready for snow!

Sprinkle the snow right over the top of your bottle brush trees. Use as much or as little as you’d like. But for me, the more you use the more winter wonderland it becomes. 

Once the snow is heavy enough to your liking, place the lid on and put the cake stand where you want it. I had two cake stands with lids, one without, and I felt the difference added good contrast!


If these are not on the top of cabinets like mine, feel free to add woodland creatures to them, or other fun accessories to make the terrariums pop! After I shared this project on Pinterest one follower make one right away, and used LED lights in hers. It was beautiful!

These are just the perfect amount of cozy Christmas spirit to bring my kitchen alive with the holiday! 

You don’t have to stick to bottle brush trees! Fill them with pinecones, create a tiny Christmas village, honestly anything festive will be elevated encased in a beautiful glass cake stand! You next cake will be jealous! 😉

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  • Robbie Robbie on Oct 30, 2021

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  • Dut54309711 Dut54309711 on Nov 07, 2021

    I have a collection of 35 small mica house ( glitter house) ornaments from the 1950's.

    Been looking for better way to display them as a Christmas village on my buffet. This is it!!! Thank you!

  • Diane Diane on Nov 16, 2021

    I did this last year with thrift store items which I donated back afterwards. Fun!


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  • Flipturn Flipturn on Nov 23, 2021

    Oh my gosh! I saw the same cake holder stand at a thrift store yesterday, but didn't buy it because I just couldn't think of what I could do with it. 🤓I'm going back to the store tomorrow to see it it's still there, so I can try to recreate your delightful project. 🌲

  • Tami witt Tami witt on Dec 01, 2021

    LOVE!! I just ordered my trees for this project. So excited! Thank you