I had been oohing and aahing over the terrarium kits on etsy for a while, but they were out of my price range since I wanted to put together multiple kits for gifts. I did find a few sellers who were selling just moss and thought that was a good start. Yes, I bought moss online. lol. I used to spend my summers with my Gram in Pennsylvania. She helped me do little fun things like dying Queen Anne's Lace with food coloring and a terrarium using dirt and plant clippings from her garden with just a piece of plastic wrap on the top in a planter I found on the back porch. Those were fun times and good memories I will hold onto forever. When I saw that terrariums were big again (I also saw articles in two different magazines in the past few months), I just had to make them.
So here is what I put together for Christmas.
I purchased directions from Miss Mossy. I know I could have gone to the library or just googled it, but time was running out and I was afraid if I didn't just order the tutorial that I would never get this project done, so I let Miss Mossy take care of that for me.
I also purchased a pack of 12 Ball jars and sprayed the lids a nice blue color (for sky). Fish tank gravel, charcoal (also in the fish tank section of the store), and soil all went into their own baggies.
Little polymer clay mushrooms were purchased from Serenity Mosaics. Aren't they adorable? They are on wire stems for easy insertion into the terrarium. I'm still on the look out for a little sheep to add.
|Polymer clay mushrooms with baggies of charcoal and gravel|
With all the craziness of Christmas, I shoved the box of "ingredients" under the room divider in the dining room, including the leftover moss, intending to make a terrarium for our home with the extras. I didn't remember about it until yesterday! The moss is okay, not great, but I'm hoping that it will love being in its new dirt home since it has been living in a baggy all this time. Oops. I used a Mott's apple sauce jar for our terrarium and still have to paint the lid. Maybe I will just cover it with some fabric and call it a day.
|My finished terrarium|