Easy Easter Craft: Upcycled Terrariums

Recycle glass jars to create African violet, moss and egg-filled miniature terrariums.

Upcycled Easter Terrariums

Upcycled Easter Terrariums

Assorted springtime terrariums are a great way to top the Easter table.

Assorted springtime terrariums are a great way to top the Easter table.

Terrariums are a great way to keep plants alive indoors all year round. They can have a variety of themes, plants, and landscapes capable of reflecting different moods and decor styles. For this craft, I wanted to create miniature spring terrariums with recycled glass jars that once stored food in their previous lives. Typically, I save these glass jars. They are a great way to share cut flowers from my gardens with friends. But for holidays, I always turn a few of them into terrariums.

My kids have bins of small plastic animals that they have just about outgrown. So I "borrowed' a few. They didn't mind. In fact, I think they felt as though they were contributing and upcycling with me. In fact, their interest was piqued and we all worked on this craft together. It was great fun using our imaginations to repurpose things we already had in our possession.

We went to the craft store and found sweet little decorative mushrooms and eggs in the fairy gardening section. Then we selected spray paints in colors that reminded us of Easter eggs. The kids had already selected a hen and some chicks, a baby lamb and a bunny to embellish the jars' lids.

Clusters of small terrariums make a great table centerpiece, are fun gifts to share with friends and family, delight guests as shower gifts, and make sweet treats for Easter. I think you will find it irresistible and impossible to make just one. In fact, the kids just asked me if we could make some to start seedlings in. What a great idea!

Here's the supply list to get you started:

  • Clean recycled jars
  • Spray paint glue
  • Assorted plastic animals
  • Pebbles
  • Activated charcoal
  • African violet potting soil
  • Miniature African violets
  • Moss
  • Miniature decorative eggs and mushrooms
  • Newspaper
  • Paper towels

Take a peek at the gallery below for all the step-by-step directions:

Easter Terrarium How-To

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Upcycled Easter Terrariums

These sweet Easter terrariums all began with a need to upcycle, create and garden. By following these easy steps, you can make your own seasonal terrariums.

Gather Your Supplies

For this craft, you will need: clean recycled jars/spray paint/glue/assorted plastic animals/pebbles/activated charcoal/African violet potting soil/miniature African violets/moss/miniature eggs and mushrooms/newspaper/paper towels.

Add Animals

Glue the animals to the lids of the jars and set them aside to dry completely.

Spring Colors

In a well ventilated area, spread out paper to protect your surface. Spray paint the lids with attached animals any color you prefer. Set them aside to dry completely. I chose colors that reminded me of spring.

Wee Pebbles

Add a thin layer of small pebbles to the bottom of each upcycled glass container. This helps with drainage.

Charcoal for Freshness

Next add a layer of activated charcoal to help the terrarium remain fresh.

V is for Violet

Add some soil on top of the activated charcoal. Next, remove the african violet from its container. Tease the roots apart and plant it in the soil.

The Final Layer

Next add a layer of moss to the top of the soil around the African violet. Wipe the glass walls inside the jar with a moist paper towel to remove any lingering soil.

Eggs and Mushrooms

Feel free to add some extra delicate touches such as decorative eggs or small mushrooms. Small items like these can be found in the fairy gardening section of your local garden center. In one jar, I opted for moss and mushrooms only.

Top it Off

Complete each terrarium with one of the painted lids. These make a great Easter treat from the garden for friends and family.

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