Earth Day is April 22, and it's the perfect excuse to get kids thinking about the earth. Build some excitement about Mother Nature with simple Mason jar terrariums that bring the outdoors in!

allParenting Mason jar terrarium supplies

What you'll need:

  • A large Mason jar
  • Rocks or pea gravel
  • Potting soil
  • A small plant
  • Miniature embellishments

What you'll do:

allParenting Mason jar terrarium step 1

With a small enclosed terrarium, drainage is so important. Layer the bottom of the Mason jar with some small stones to help the water drain away from the soil.

allParenting Mason jar terrarium step 2

Next, add a thin layer of soil on top of the stones.

allParenting Mason jar terrarium step 3

Remove the small plant from its pot and place it in the Mason jar. Fill in the area around the plant with more soil, then top off the soil with another layer of stones.

allParenting Mason jar terrarium step 4

You can add some cute embellishments to your terrarium. I found some tiny mushrooms and a small "fairy garden" sign near the floral section of my craft store.

allParenting Mason jar terrarium step 5

Place the ring back on the Mason jar to give it a finished look, but leave the flat lid off so that the terrarium will have some air flow. Display your terrarium in a sunny spot, and occasionally water it with mist from a spray bottle.

allParenting Mason jar terrarium

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Teresa Eckert April 18, 2014
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Where do you find the miniature fairy accessories inexpensively? Everywhere I turn the items are too costly to start up a fairy mini-kit!

Thanks, Teresa