How to Make Terrarium Ornaments

Deck the halls with terrariums! This easy-to-make, living ornament makes a beautiful addition to your Christmas tree or holiday decor.

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Handmade terrarium ornaments make gorgeous holiday accents. This woodsy terrarium — made with moss, baby's tears (Helxine soleirolii) and river rocks — is suitable for all seasons, but try experimenting with different plants and rock colors for your own personal touch.

Materials Needed:

  • clear plastic or glass ornaments
  • moss
  • slow-growing, high humidity terrarium plants
  • small rocks or pebbles
  • potting soil
  • tweezers
  • spoon
  • small funnel

Add Rocks and Soil

Remove the lid from the clear ornament, then add a small layer of rocks using a funnel. Don't add too many rocks or the ornament will be too heavy to hang.

Next, cover the rocks with a layer of potting soil.

Add the Plants and Water

Use tweezers to gently add the baby's tears and moss to the ornament. Arrange the plants, making sure the soil covers the roots. Be careful not to overcrowd the plants.

Add a small spoonful of water to the terrarium then attach the lid. The soil should be moist, but not soggy. If there is too much water inside of the terrarium, remove the lid again and wait for some of the water to evaporate.

Decorate and Hang

Tie a bow to the base of the ornament, then use more ribbon to create a hook. Your ornament is now ready for your Christmas tree!

Once the holidays have passed, hang your ornament near a window until next Christmas.

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