easy upside down glass jar terrarium

A long while back we made terrariums using charcoal, sand, and gravel; but at a recent unschool get together we made the most SIMPLE TERRARIUMS using upside down glass jars and-

the most basic of supplies:
-a glass jar with screw on or clamp on lid
-very small amount of potting soil
-moss and small plants that grow in moss (we gathered moss and Oxalis from under our oak tree)

Easy to do-
-Place a small amount of potting soil on the lid of the jar, make it even with the top of the lid.
-Put the moss and small plants onto the soil, you can include some garden soil. There is no specific amount here, just make sure your green life has something to dig it’s roots into.

-Lightly water if the plants are dry.
-Carefully screw on the lid, the soil will work it’s way toward the center of the jar. 
-Place in a window that gets a few hours of daily sun.
*Condensation will form and create a very pretty habitat that will last for months. I also love the look of the upside down jar.


 “That’s all,”
– Lisa

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  • August 13, 2011 - 3:34 pm | Permalink

    so cute! i didn’t realize how long it had been since i dropped by your blog to see if you had updated! :)

  • August 12, 2011 - 8:54 am | Permalink

    I “may” have accidentally used some of the materials that I gathered to make your hard-core terrariums on other projects. The stuff for teeny-tiny terrariums, however? I’ve got that! These might be sitting on my windowsill by nightfall.

  • Kelleyn
    July 9, 2011 - 10:28 pm | Permalink

    What a fun and easy activity for my boys!

  • July 5, 2011 - 2:54 pm | Permalink

    Hi! Neat project. You are always so creative!

    I’m hosting a link up on my blog tomorrow for all things weed/wildcrafting, and thought you might like to link up a related post. Hope to see you soon!

  • July 4, 2011 - 10:58 pm | Permalink

    Awesome, Lisa. I’ve been wanting to do this with Isaac…but they all seem like so much work. :) Your tutorial is PERFECT. And we have tons of moss and wood sorrel. Looks like this is on our “things to do” list this week.

    And it’s so nice to see you back here. I miss 5 Orange Potatoes. xo

  • July 4, 2011 - 10:13 am | Permalink

    ooh, so easy and pretty! Glad to see you back here.


  • July 3, 2011 - 10:43 pm | Permalink

    Awesome! I’ve been wanting to do a terrarium with the kids this summer and this is easy-peasy! Love it!

  • July 3, 2011 - 6:49 pm | Permalink


    (off to the kitchen)

  • July 3, 2011 - 6:06 pm | Permalink

    I really like this idea! I’m saving it for future use…maybe near future :)

  • Robin
    July 3, 2011 - 2:01 pm | Permalink

    These are so pretty!

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