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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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  • Reply Terry My Journey With Candida

    This would also be great for kids to make and give their Moms on Monthers day

    April 20, 2015 at 1:53 pm
  • Reply Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

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

    April 20, 2015 at 2:15 pm
  • Reply chubskulit

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

    April 20, 2015 at 2:34 pm
  • Reply Olivia Schwab

    This is such a great idea!! I love how they can make them however they want! Happy Earth Day to you guys!

    April 20, 2015 at 4:17 pm
  • Reply Mar

    I love this idea as an Earth Day craft! Happy Earth Day!

    April 20, 2015 at 4:28 pm
  • Reply Liz Mays

    That is an amazing idea. My kids would have loved making these when they were little!

    April 20, 2015 at 4:43 pm
  • Reply Cassie Tucker

    What a great way for kiddos to celebrate Earth Day! I wish my mother had thought of projects like this when I was a kid.

    April 20, 2015 at 6:27 pm
  • Reply Alli Smith

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

    April 20, 2015 at 6:28 pm
  • Reply Diana Villa

    Such a beautiful and useful post! Thank you so much for sharing 😀

    April 20, 2015 at 6:55 pm
  • Reply Jeanine

    I love this! This is really adorable. My kids would love to make This! How fun. So pretty

    April 20, 2015 at 8:19 pm
  • Reply Nancy

    I LOVE terrarium’s and tried to make one last year. It died. Because I have a black thumb. I even kill bamboo plants. HOW?!

    April 20, 2015 at 9:31 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    What a fun craft for kids of all ages! Shoot…I wanna make some too!

    April 20, 2015 at 11:52 pm
  • Reply R U S S

    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.

    April 21, 2015 at 12:06 am
  • Reply Fiona Naughton

    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.

    April 21, 2015 at 4:35 am
  • Reply Lisa @Bitesforbabies

    This is such a great craft for earth, and in general. It’s very unique and so easy to do!!

    April 21, 2015 at 5:24 am
  • Reply Shanéy Vijendranath

    This is an awesome craft to do! My daughter is going to enjoy this. Definitely trying it.

    April 21, 2015 at 6:12 am
  • Reply SwaRai

    The boychild is all about science, I should do one with him he would love it. Thanks for the coupon!

    April 21, 2015 at 8:26 am
  • Reply TheNewClassy

    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!

    April 21, 2015 at 9:59 am
  • Reply NutriFit Mama

    I love this idea. My kids would definitely be totally into it. The love things like this!

    April 21, 2015 at 10:40 am
  • Reply Ourfamilyworld

    What a perfect craft for Earth Day. I bet kids had fun making it. I must try it with my daughter

    April 21, 2015 at 11:41 am
  • Reply Ann Bacciaglia

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

    April 21, 2015 at 1:14 pm
  • Reply Kristen

    Looks like such a fun activity to do with the kiddos. I would love to do this with my son!

    April 21, 2015 at 1:22 pm
  • Reply April @ Everyday Fitness and N

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

    April 21, 2015 at 6:26 pm
  • Reply blm03

    I totally need to make one of these! This is so awesome

    April 21, 2015 at 10:11 pm
  • Reply CourtneyLynne

    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

    April 22, 2015 at 8:33 am
  • Reply Michelle

    I love this idea! It would be really neat to make a bunch of these to put on my shelf by the window. thanks!

    April 22, 2015 at 10:35 am
  • Reply Lynn Dee

    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.

    April 22, 2015 at 12:09 pm
  • Reply HilLesha O'Nan

    I have always loved the look of terrariums. My son and I’d enjoy making one like this.

    April 22, 2015 at 12:26 pm
  • Reply Manu Kalia

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

    April 22, 2015 at 9:09 pm
  • Reply Erin Shebish

    Aw, what an awesome way to celebrate Earth day! my kids would love this!

    April 23, 2015 at 9:40 am
  • Reply Krystal

    I am in LOVE. I’m going to need to try this looks really good. What a lot of fun!

    April 23, 2015 at 3:33 pm
  • Reply Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

    I haven’t tried making a terrarium but it looks like an activity my daughter and I would enjoy.

    April 24, 2015 at 5:26 pm
  • Reply huppiemama

    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

    April 26, 2015 at 5:35 am
  • Reply Aisha Kristine Chong

    Ohh this seems good. I bet kids would love to do this activity.

    April 27, 2015 at 4:57 am
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