Every Earth Day the kids and I try to figure out new projects to do. This year we wanted to figure out how to make your own terrarium. Since we just moved we didn’t want to make anything really large, instead we grabbed some quart size ball jars and had a blast!
Making your own terrarium is really easy. It’s also a lot of fun. It costs us less than $5 for each terrarium, and the kids now have a little bit of the outdoors that they can take care of in their rooms! Let’s get started!
- Quart Sized Ball Jar
- Sheet Moss
- Organic Potting Soil
- River pebbles
- Activated Charcoal (only if you are closing your terrarium)
- Small succulents or ferns (ask your local gardening store for plants good for a small terrarium)
- Make sure your jar is nice and clean before you start!
- At the bottom add a thin layer of river pebbles. This will help act as your drainage
- Next, place a layer of the sheet moss.
- Now it’s time to add an inch or two of potting soil!
- Then you add your plants! Make sure they are all covered with dirt.
- To finish off your terrarium, add a layer of sheet moss over the dirt.
- Then decorate with any extras. We opted to throw in a few extra pebbbles, and my son added his Lego man to watch guard!
- Add water and watch your terrarium grow!
Whether it’s Earth Day, or you are just looking for a fun activity for the kids, this is a great easy activity to show your children a mini eco-system. Water it as necessary and give it a little sunshine. You will have your own little mini garden in no time!