Need an easy gardening project to do with your kids? Make a terrarium! Terrariums need a small space inside your home. They don’t need much care if you use the right combination of plants. They’re the perfect hands-on way to introduce kids to the concept of environments in nature.
I still remember when terrariums were hot way back when; it always seemed like they were pretty complicated to make and maintain. However, they’re not, plus they can be a frugal and unique gift for someone who is housebound or needs cheering up. Terrariums are also a great indoor gardening project for kids since they can be completed in under 30 minutes.
To make the terrarium, I used an over-sized Anchor Hoking cookie jar purchased from Target quite a few years ago. I had visions of keeping it filled with cookies for my kids and their friends. Alas, it was too big for permanent residence on our counter. I think I spent about $20 to $25 on the cookie jar. You could easily find a large jar or glass vase at the thrift shop, or go smaller with a quart canning jar. Just about any glass jar can be used for a terrarium.
I bought the supplies at my favorite local gardening center, Wedgewood Gardens. For the jar, I need 1 1/2 bags of potting soil, one bag of activated charcoal, one bag of moss. I also bought plants at the gardening center after shopping around a bit. At the Flower Show, the going rate was $4; my gardening center had them for $3.50. If you wanted to be even more frugal, root a few cuttings from your existing plants and use those which will add another educational component to the project.
Total cost for the terrarium: @$54.96 with the cookie jar being the most expensive part.
My rocks came from Ikea. I bought a bag a few years ago and never used them for whatever project I was thinking of. I estimate I spent around $3 on the rocks. You could use rocks from your garden as long as they were clean since you won’t want outside insects infesting your terrarium. Rocks for fish tanks are another option and may be cheaper than my Ikea rocks.
I made my soil layer about 3 to 4 inches deep after looking at the bigger terrariums at the gardening center.
For decoration, my 4 year old picked out 2 turtles at the gardening center. Instead, we could have checked the Dollar Store for cheaper statues. I’ve also seen them at thrift shops for $.50 or so.
How to Make a Mini Terrarium
|Kids Gardening: Raising Butterflies||Gardening: Vegetable Gardening and Edible Landscaping|
|Gardening with Kids||Early Spring Gardening Tasks|