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A beautiful gift that's perfect for a handmade Christmas.
One year my friends and I decided to celebrate a Handmade Christmas so I made each of them a terrarium ornament. I've posted a regular terrarium DIY on Little Big, which is more in-depth and flexible than the tutorial I'm posting here.

For terrarium ornaments you can use moss or other plants--I used the weeds growing along the side of my house. You probably have all the materials to make these on hand already, except for the ornaments, and those are very inexpensive.

Posted by exlibris from Turlock, California, United States • Published See exlibris's 7 projects »
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  • How to make a terrarium. Diy Terrarium Ornaments - Step 1
    Step 1

    Place your soil in a bowl and mix in drops of water (or use a spray bottle) until you have damp–-but not soggy–-soil.

    Soil with good drainage works well, if you have a few small rocks or a bit of gravel, mix some in now. Only a a few, though, because we don't want the ornaments to be too heavy.

  • How to make a terrarium. Diy Terrarium Ornaments - Step 2
    Step 2

    Take the wire top off your ornament and use the funnel and shovel to fill the globe a third of the way full with your damp soil mixture.

  • How to make a terrarium. Diy Terrarium Ornaments - Step 3
    Step 3

    Carefully pluck some weeds from the ground (or find some moss, or collect from the fancy container you purchased your plants in) making sure to leave the roots intact.

    Use your tweezers and the stick end of your paintbrush or chopstick to gently poke your plant through the top of the ornament and arrange so the root side is in the dirt.

    This is the trickiest part, but also why weeds are a good choice: they are used to growing in challenging circumstances and bouncing back even after they’ve been shoved in a jar.

  • How to make a terrarium. Diy Terrarium Ornaments - Step 4
    Step 4

    Let the ornament sit for about an hour so that some of the excess water can have a chance to evaporate. While this happens, you can get on with making the tags.

    (If you don't want to make the tags, then, TA DA! Add the wire top and you are done!)

  • How to make a terrarium. Diy Terrarium Ornaments - Step 5
    Step 5

    We're going to use the pricing label that came with the ornament to add personalized tags.

    Trace the shape of the price tag twice onto decorative paper using your pencil, and then cut out each shape using your scissors.

  • How to make a terrarium. Diy Terrarium Ornaments - Step 6
    Step 6

    Glue the decorative paper to each side of the price tag using rubber cement. Make a little slit at the top of your paper for the plastic loop to go through.

  • How to make a terrarium. Diy Terrarium Ornaments - Step 7
    Step 7

    Write a greeting on your decorative tag and you are done!

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Jenna C.
Jenna C.
I made a bunch of these last year and strung them on a piece of rope. I hung them on the window sil and it looked amazing Happy
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Flo Di
Flo Di · 7 projects
that is so cool!!
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