DIY It! Rainbow Jelly Beans Create a Perfectly Playful Spring Terrarium

Create the cutest (and most colorful!) garden party where kids' craft supplies and jelly beans take center stage.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza Photography

Tomas Espinoza Photography

Materials and Tools

  • large terrarium
  • assorted jelly beans
  • green washcloth
  • 4 colored pencils
  • pipe cleaners
  • mini pom-poms
  • cotton thread
  • card stock
  • accessories (we used: llama salt shaker + mini dining set)
  • air plants
  • battery-powered fairy lights
  • scissors
  • pen or marker
  • hot glue gun

Layer Jelly Beans

Layer various colors of jelly beans in a rainbow pattern (or any pattern of your choosing) until you fill the terrarium halfway.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza Photography

Tomas Espinoza Photography

Washcloth = Grass

Use the bottom of the terrarium to trace a circle on the washcloth with a marker or pen, then cut out. Cut four small slits (about 2 to 3 inches apart) around one half of the washcloth. Your pencil "stakes" will go in here, keeping the garden scene in place. Put the washcloth on top of the jelly beans to create the look of grass.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza Photography

Tomas Espinoza Photography

Craft Yard Stakes

You can be as creative as you want here. Use colored pencils to create the yard stakes. We dressed ours up with miniature pom-poms and twisted pipe cleaners.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza Photography

Tomas Espinoza Photography

Make a Tiny Party Banner

Create a festive, miniature party banner by cutting out tiny triangles. (We made things a bit easier by cutting out pre-made shapes from a gift bag.) Line up the triangles and write out your message (Image A). Glue each triangle onto the cotton thread (Image B), attach the banner to the pencil stakes with glue (Image C), then stick the stakes into the jelly beans through the holes in the washcloth (Image D).

String in the String Lights

Now, this is a bit tricky but worth it. If you start the string lights at the "front" of the scene, then they will end at the "front" as well. We pushed the battery pack down into the jelly beans below the llama to make it easy to get to. You can also trail the battery pack out of the rear of the terrarium (up and over the rim) if you don't want to be in and out of the bowl all the time. Tip: Choose lights with a timer setting so you can pre-set it when you turn them on.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza Photography

Tomas Espinoza Photography

Set Up the Soiree

Add in your tiny accessories. We used a tiny toy dining set, a llama salt shaker and two air plants that double as mini palm trees to create a fun-sized garden scene that's warm-weather ready.

Party On!

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza Photography

Tomas Espinoza Photography

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