Moss Garden in a Jar. - The Magic Onions

Moss Garden in a Jar.

K’s waldorf school is having a May Fair on the 9th of May. We are all VERY excited.

Part of the excitement is participating in the 6 crafts that some of the mothers organize. The craft I am offering, is making a Moss Garden in a jar. K and I had a trial run today…
We assembled what we needed in our coconut bowls.

glass jar with a lid
small stones,
activated carbon (found in the fish isle of a pet shop)
dried moss
growing moss
dropper for water
little treasures (K chose a toadstool pet rock, a tiny pine cone and a favorite shell)

First, put a handful of small stones into the jar.

Then a handful of dirt.

Then a handful of carbon.
Put a little dried moss on the carbon and then layer the growing moss on top.
With the dropper, give the moss a few squirts of water (not too much) and add your treasures. Seal the moss garden with the lid and put it in a sunny spot inside.

The moss garden creates it’s own little ecosystem and does not need to be watered for 2 to 3 weeks. You will know your moss garden needs a little water when you notice the condensation on the inside of the jar is considerably less than usual. Remember not to over-water… just a few squirts with the dropper will do. Thank you to Lisa for giving us this idea.
Our moss garden is the centerpiece on our dinner table. It is going to be very interesting to watch the moss growing every day and I think it will give my children just another reason to be appreciative for each and every living thing. Perhaps one day, we will even discover that a fairy lives inside!
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Donni Webber is the mom behind the popular natural living Waldorf website and blog, The Magic Onions - where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each moment a precious gift. She is a photographer, writer, crafter, wife and mother of two inspiring young children. Her work has been featured in many popular publications, including HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Disney and Apartment Therapy.

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  1. This is beautiful! What a lovely idea.

  2. Great idea for a May Fair. I’m going to pass it along! My terrariums from last fall are still alive.

  3. What a fabulous idea, I am going to have to try it.

  4. We’re still wanting to try this. Will have to make time soon! :)

  5. Beautiful! What a great project to share at a May Fair.

  6. I love this!

  7. It’s no problem that the lid remains closed all the time? The moss makes its own oxygen I suppose?

    I LOVE this idea.. am definately trying it sometimes soon! Greetings from the Netherlands ;)

  8. I twitted this and the other Tips from Teach Me! this is my first time and it is so SWA..EET. hugs rozzi

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  10. What fabulous and fruitful fun lessons for children you share!

    Blessings & a bit o’ sunshine!

  11. Where do you get growing moss? I have looked, but could never find it…. I wonder if dry moss can become growing moss…

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