Bring Nature Indoors With This Terrarium

Spring is the time to start thinking about gardening again. Even if you don't have the room (or the time!) for an outdoor garden, you can still teach kids about growing things and caring for plants with an indoor terrarium.

Indoor terrarium

A terrarium is a great way to grow your own miniature forest indoors! Kids will love to help create this cool living craft project, and watering the plants is a great way to give kids some extra responsibility. If you'd like to add a little greenery to your home, then gather the kids and get your hands dirty to make this indoor terrarium craft!

What you'll need:

What you'll need for terrarium

  • a large glass fish bowl
  • 2-3 small plants
  • gravel
  • several medium stones
  • a few larger stones
  • moss
  • scissors
  • small plastic animals or insects

What you'll do:


Start by pouring a layer of small gravel in the bottom of the fish bowl. Save a couple handfuls of gravel to use on top of the soil later.

Terrarium gravel


Cut a piece of burlap that is just a little bit smaller than the bowl. Lay the burlap on top of the gravel. The burlap will stop the soil from falling down into the gravel and help the terrarium drain properly.

Terrarium burlap


Remove one of your plants from its pot. Break apart the soil to loosen it, then set the plant in the bowl.

Terrarium plants


Add the remaining plants to the bowl. Be sure to leave a little space between each plant to give it room to grow.

Terrarium plants


Sprinkle the rest of the gravel over the top of the soil.

Terrarium gravel on soil


Cut out pieces of the moss. Cut the moss out in free-form, natural shapes. Use the moss to cover any parts of the soil that are still exposed.

Terrarium moss


Next, add in the larger rocks throughout the terrarium.

Terrarium rocks


Add any decorations to the terrarium. You can use fake insects or flowers, or you can use small plastic dinosaurs or other animals to turn the terrarium into a miniature forest.

Terrarium decorations

Terrarium tips

  • Be sure to set the terrarium in a sunny place where it will get lots of light.
  • Water the terrarium periodically, but be careful not to over-water. A spray bottle is a good way to water the plants without getting the soil too saturated.
Image credit: Amy Vowles

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Comments on "Make an indoor terrarium for kids"

Amy Vowles June 12, 2013 | 11:12 AM

Hi Alex! If you are looking to get everything all at one place, I would recommend somewhere like Wal Mart that has a craft department, garden department and a pet section (for the rocks/gravel). Hope you enjoy making it!

Alex Bowen June 11, 2013 | 4:31 PM

Where do you get the supplies for this project? I would like to be able to get everything at one place...would a craft store or a nursery be better?

Amy Vowles April 05, 2013 | 2:00 PM

Hi Nancy! That's a good question and I sure wish I knew. I didn't write down the specific names of the plants, but they were from the indoor plant section of my local nursery. I'm sure that any small-scale indoor plant would work well for this project. :)

Nancy Reynolds April 05, 2013 | 8:33 AM

What is the name of the plants usesd in the terrarium . Thank You Nancy

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