These adorable little terrariums make a terrific, unusual gift for your child’s teacher, neighbors, or special friends. It’s an easy and relatively inexpensive project you can do together. Most of the items like the mushrooms and trees come in packages of multiples so it’s perfect for making a bunch of them at once. Here is what you need:
- Small glass vessels (these are candle holders from the craft store: $1 each)
- A few handfuls of pea gravel
- A few handfuls of rocks of various sizes
- Some moss and lichen: Go outside and pick some off of a tree and let it dry overnight on a piece of newspaper. Otherwise, you can buy it in any floral department.
- Mini fake trees- these lovely ones came from Collage in Sellwood, but you can find similar trees at Michael’s or Craft Warehouse or click here to order online.
- Mini mushrooms, again Collage, but you can order them online here.
- Gnomes! again, Collage, but you can order them online here.
- Mica Snow: this is a really cool product that is literally flakes of mica- it glitters and glistens and completes the scene. Collage again, or order it online here.
To put the terrariums together, start with a little pea gravel in the bottom of each bowl. Add the moss on top and weight it down with a couple of the larger rocks. Place the trees and mushrooms on top of the moss. If they have wires, use them to anchor them in the moss. Otherwise, a dot of glue on the bottom will help secure them. Place the gnome with a dot of glue on the bottom. Finish with a sprinkling of mica snow! These will last forever since they have no living plants. Wrap in plastic wrap to keep the dust out until you give them to your special friends.