Making Terrariums With Your Kids

Inspired by the terrarium trend and museum dioramas, there’s great fun to be had in planting up a clear container with succulents, moss and plastic wildlife.

 

You will need:

  • An assortment of glass or clear plastic/ acrylic containers: terrariums, vases, medium to large mason jars as well as small fish bowls or tanks
  • Child-friendly, spike-free succulents
  • Spray-bottle filled with water
  • Small pebbles as well as decorative stones
  • Potting soil
  • Moss (available from nurseries)
  • Plastic animal toys

 

Instructions:

1. Place a generous layer of small stones or pebbles in the bottom of the container.

2. Top with soil, leaving a few inches of space at the top for plants (depending on their size) and small plastic toys.

3. Plant the succulents and create scenes using the toys and moss.

4. Spray with a fine mist of water as needed.

 

Tips

  • A terrarium makes a great DIY gift for little friends: pop a suitable container, several small succulents and a mini spray-bottle into a gift box along with soil, pebbles and plastic toys sorted into separate Ziploc bags. Don’t forget hand-written instructions.
  • There’s no limit to how creative you can get: think colourful gravel, fairies, toadstools and dinosaurs.
  • Before assembling your terrarium, mark the inside of the jar with dots of glow-in-the-dark paint to up the cool factor.

 

TEXT Mandy Allen/Bureaux PRODUCTION Jeanne Botes PHOTOGRAPHS Warren Heath/Bureaux. www.bureaux.co.za

 

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