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Craft Time: Terrarium

Posted by on Feb. 4, 2013 at 3:43 PM
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                                          Terrarium

                                 

By: Amanda Formaro

Difficulty: Easy

Age: 4 & up

Parental supervision is recommended

You can plant just about any kind of seed in this terrarium. Children love to see the plants growing

What you'll need:

  • Plastic 2 liter soda pop bottle with cap
  • Very sharp scissors or craft knife
  • Dirt or potting soil
  • Seeds
  • Water

How to make it:

  1. Remove the label from the bottle. Discard label. Save cap! (See photo.)
  2. Wash and rinse out the bottle and cap.
  3. Cut the bottle close to the bottom. There may be a "line" near the end of where the label was, that's a good place to cut. You can cut it higher if you wish. (See photo.)
  4. Lightly place dirt or potting soil in the base.
  5. Plant a few seeds in the dirt. (See photo.)
  6. Lightly water.
  7. Put the cap on the bottle.
  8. Cover the base with the top of the bottle. You will have to fiddle with it a bit to fit back inside the base. (See photo.)
  9. Place in a sunny spot and watch for your seeds to grow. (See photo.)
  10. When the plants are ready, repot them or plant them in your garden.

Tips:

  • If your soil starts to look a little dry before your seeds come up, you can unscrew the cap and insert the head of spray bottle of water. Spritz several squirts into the terrarium.
  • This project can also be done with individual sized water bottles. Don't plant more than two seeds in a small bottle like this or they will be overcrowded and won't grow.
  • This makes a great classroom project, just ask each student to bring in a water bottle or 2 liter bottle. Ask students if any of their parents have a garden and would be willing to donate seeds. Bird seed will work for the project as well!

by on Feb. 4, 2013 at 3:43 PM
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Replies (1-10):
lalasmama2007
by Ticia on Feb. 4, 2013 at 6:39 PM

I think we'll do this one!

Sisteract
by on Feb. 4, 2013 at 8:54 PM

TFS

copperswifey
by on Feb. 4, 2013 at 10:55 PM

TFS! :)

mysticalmalissa
by Gold Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 6:20 AM

We did this last year in glass gallon pickle jars. Made one with house plant cuttings for a friend, its still alive and kicking!

goddess99
by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 7:08 AM

My dd had to make this for her 2nd grade class, she loved it. But I think instead of planting seeds she put bugs in it. She had a brave teacher =)

jessicasmom1
by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 8:03 AM

neat thanks

timon95
by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 9:30 AM

tfs

Madelaine
by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Thanks

sukainah
by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 11:23 AM

The kids would love to do this.

4kidz916
by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 1:09 PM

My kids did this when they were younger and they had so much fun with it.

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