DIY Mini Terrarium (in a jar!)

Happy Thursday amazing people!

I am completely obsessed with these jar terrariums! I love them soo much that I actually made one previously as a Christmas present – it was such a success! So I thought I’d make another one seeing as I had a jar (and time) to spare… πŸ˜‰

If you don’t know what a terrarium is, then it is essentially a little nature home in a glass container (such as a jar!), with the basic materials being stones, soil, moss and rocks. There is pleenty of terrarium inspiration online – real and faux – but I am going to show you how to make a real one!

Firstly, for health and safety (read about safety here first if you are a newbie!) , you are going to need to make this in an area you don’t mind getting dirty, and make sure you only gather moss from your garden, or from a shop. All materials found from the outside should be washed and checked for insects and creepy crawlies! If mould begins to appear on the surface- it is best to empty it, wash it out and try again, but don’t have so much moisture inside the jar this time!

Here’s how to make your very own mini terrarium!…

DIY Mini Terrarium in a Jar

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You Will Need…

  • Β 1 Empty clean jar (air tight)
  • Polymer clay/oven bake clay
  • Soil (checked)
  • Moss (washed and checked)
  • Rocks/pebbles
  • Sewing pin
  • Any other decorations to go inside (like toys)

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How to Make it…

Firstly, you want to make the clay pebbles. To do this, roll some little bits of beige, brown or grey clay and make lots of these in different sizes! They don’t have to be neat – they’re only pebbles! πŸ˜‰

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Then get a little blob of red clay and roll it into a ball. You can make it mushroom shaped by making the top half slightly narrower. (But only just!)

You can also add a little beige clay stalk to the base.

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So that the mushroom doesn’t tip over later on, gently twist and push a sewing pin into the base! Then you can bake the pebbles and mushroom in the oven for about 10 minutes at 100 degrees.

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Next, get your empty jar and add the first layer of rocks (so water doesn’t sit in the soil or surface).

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Once the pebbles are out of the oven and cooled down, add them to the jar too.

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On top of this goes the soil, which you can flatten out and gently make level.

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For the next step, arrange your moss carefully on top of the soil, and you can now stick the mushroom wherever you want it, and also put a rock or plant clipping inside! Cuute!

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And finally, seal the lid! And place on a windowsill, or wherever you like!

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Let me know if you like this adorable little nature jar! I hope you all liked it! And have an amazing day lovelies! ❀

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Mushroomy hugs,

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34 thoughts on “DIY Mini Terrarium (in a jar!)

  1. Did you know this is science? If you pour a bit of water in, and put it near sunlight, water vapor will rise up and form on the lid. Then, the water vapor (which are actually very small water drops), will drop onto the plant and therefore watering it.
    Got that from my science teacher and at school, my class has a terrarium in our classroom! I have one on my desk, a very small one, but still I love looking at it.

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    1. Yes! That’s why they’re so clever, apparently you can leave them for years if everything goes to plan and it will grow lots! Ah that’s so cool, I love looking after terrariums! ❀️😍

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  2. What a utterly charming blog! So happy I found you on Mostly Blogging. I’m ready to make a mint terrarium. Terrariums were big when I was a kid in the 70’s. So happy they’re making a comeback. I love all of the personal touches on your blog. Really lovely ✨

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