How to make a terrarium: Earth Day craft

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Lately I have been seeing so many fun Earth Day crafts floating around on Pinterest. Earth Day is this Wednesday, April 22nd. I thought it would be super fun to do an eco-friendly craft with my daughter! I love terrarium’s and have been wanting to make a terrarium for our home, and also wanted to make one for a gift this weekend.


I have been trying to teach my daughter simple ways to take care of our home, bodies, and environment. We try to take bags with us to the grocery store instead of using plastic ones, bike as much as we can instead of drive, and use as many natural products as possible. I even recently made my own shampoo! It has been my goal recently to switch our household cleaning and toiletry products to all natural and chemical free products. I am a big fan of  Tom’s of Maine products. My kiddo loves their Silly Strawberry™ Fluoride Toothpaste, and I am super excited to try their Unisex Long Lasting Unscented Deodorant- they also have an Apricot scent. Tom’s of Maine natural personal care and oral care products are made with no artificial colors, flavors, fragrances, or preservatives. Which is amazing.


This craft was super fun because we were able to get almost all of our craft supplies right in our own backyard! We got our gloves on and grabbed our shovels to get our supplies: soil, rocks and pebbles, and some succulents from our landscape. Then we went inside and set up a craft table. We took old jars we already had and made our terrariums right in our living room! It was really fun to talk about soil and plants with my daughter and get our hands super dirty!

My daughter taking a pic of her terrarium craft with her little camera!

My daughter taking a pic of her terrarium craft with her little camera!

While our terrariums didn’t come out exactly as I had planned, they are beautiful and remind me of the fun memory with my daughter. It was a perfect way to spend an afternoon, and the only thing it cost me was $5 worth of green moss. I intend to make these for house warming gifts.


To make your own terrarium follow these directions:


-Old jars, such as mason jars, vases, or fish bowls

-Succulents, ferns, or moss


-Potting Soil

-Fun decor: mini figurines such as ladybugs or gnomes (optional)

1. Start by placing about one inch or so of rocks or pebbles at the bottom of the jar.

2. Fill 2-3 inches with potting soil

3. Add your moss or plants. Leave a bit of space for them to grow, or simply spread the moss and ferns around gently.

4. Add your decorations, pebbles, or rocks.

5. Place in indirect sunlight and water, but not too much.

“Start Young. Live Green™. Make every day Earth Day, starting at the bathroom sink”. Are you new to being ‘green’ and want to share your recent journey? Have you always avoided chemicals in hygiene products? This is how my family makes natural choices. What does your family do to celebrate Earth Day?

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  1. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says

    How cool! I love these terrariums. They’re a great way to teach the kids about plants and have a blast!

  2. chubskulit says

    Love those succulent plants and what a great idea to make with the little ones. Your daughter is very cute.

  3. Alli Smith says

    What fun! I love succulents and this would be a great activity to do with my grandkids. Happy Earth Day!

  4. says

    I love this project! I haven’t made a terrarium, ever so this is something that I find really interesting. I’d probably do it one of these days.

  5. Fiona Naughton says

    This is such a lovely little craft to do with the little ones. We’ve already planted seedlings with our son but this would be fun to do too.

  6. TheNewClassy says

    I love the terrarium idea! I have about a gazillion old aquariums around my house.I may try to import your idea to one of them!

  7. Ann Bacciaglia says

    This is such a great idea. My kids would love this. I will have to get the supplies to make them.

  8. April @ Everyday Fitness and N says

    I love the terrarium! Such a great idea to explain how the environment and ecosystems work and how we can live green.

  9. CourtneyLynne says

    Omg such a cute craft!!! I swear earth day creeped up on me because i usually have something planned for my princess and I don’t this year

  10. Lynn Dee says

    So pretty! I love terrariums but never made one. I’ve never thought it’s that easy to make. Now I want to make one.

  11. Manu Kalia says

    One way to celebrate Earth Day, saving this one for my kids and wife. I’m sure they would love this idea.

  12. huppiemama says

    I love this idea and I think my kids would enjoy it, too. It reminded me of a project I did back in third grade! I’m going to share the post on my Facebook page. Thanks! #client

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