DIY-ify: Making Terrariums With Kids!

It’s wintertime and that means it can be hard to get the kids outside to play. This also means a lot more time spent indoors with bored children. Skip the boredom and bring gardening inside by making terrariums! It’s surprisingly easy to do, and your kids will have fun decorating their own mini indoor gardens.

What you will need:

  • something to lay down over your table (kids are messy)
  • a container to serve asthe terrarium (mine are from Michaels)
  • small rocks
  • activated charcoal
  • cactus and succulent soil
  • succulents or cacti
  • any fun decorations your child wants to put in their mini terrarium garden
  • a spoon and/or chopsticks

What to do:

Step 1: Lay down something over your table to make cleanup easier. Kids can get messy and dirt will probably spill.

Step 2: Pour a layer of pebbles onto the bottom of the terrarium. This will act as the drainage layer.

Step 3: Sprinkle a layer of activated charcoal over the pebbles. The charcoal will keep water fresh and prevent the buildup of mold and bacteria.

Step 4: Add a layer of potting soil. I like to use a special soil that’s meant for succulents and cacti. You can find this soil at most gardening stores.

Step 5: Plant the plants in the terrarium! If you have cacti, you might need to help your kiddo so they don’t poke themselves.

Step 6: This is my daughter’s favorite part. It’s time to add decorations! I recommend using chopsticks to put in your decorations so you don’t hurt the plants. I added white rocks with a little spoon. Note: All decorative items should be waterproof (rocks, glass, plastic, etc).

Step 7: You are done! The great thing about succulents and cacti is they require minimal attention. Just keep them in the same spot in your home and water occasionally. Usually your plants will come with watering directions, or you can ask the garden store you bought them from. We bought ours from Pistils, a very cute garden store (and a favorite of mine) here in Portland.

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

– Chelsey, The Paper Mama


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