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Let’s Make a Terrarium : DIY Gardening Tutorial for Kids

Oh my gosh… terrariums are SO cute!!

We had so much fun making this sweet mini wonderland today. It’s crazy how much I adore this!

And, I love any activity that gets the kids into gardening. Making a mossy terrarium is a super summer activity.

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Terrariums are very easy to make. You need just a few materials and a collection of treasures to make it enchanting.

Materials we used :

  • Glass jar
  • Activated carbon (craft, pet or hardware store)
  • Small pebbles (craft or hardware store)
  • Moss (garden shop)
  • Cutesy accessories to make it magical (toadstool, blue marbles, tiny pine cone and a feather butterfly)

 

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1.   Assemble your materials

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2.   Add a layer of activated carbon to your glass jar. The carbon keeps the bacterial levels in your terrarium to a minimum. If you are going to be sealing your terrarium with a lid, add the carbon layer on top of the stones… it’ll help to keep the roots of the moss healthy.

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3.   Add a layer of stones. The stones ensure good drainage.

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4.   Add the moss. Usually, store-bought moss has a thick layer of soil under it. I usually thin this layer out as moss doesn’t need much soil. Water your garden sparingly.

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5.    Add your little treasures and VOILA! The cutest little terrarium ever.

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It’s now the centerpiece on my coffee table. It looks SO sweet there… but… Kitty usually claims all the cutest things we make for her own room and I’m sure it won’t last on my coffee table for long.

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Who can blame her… I want it in my room too!

If you love this terrarium, you’ll love the cute gardens on my Fairy Garden Page.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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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.

Needed:
glass jar with a lid
small stones,
dirt
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!