Mini Winter Terrariums

by on November 30, 2013

Winter doesn’t always evoke thoughts of learning how to make a terrarium but why shouldn’t it? For the record, I’m pretty obsessed with terrariums, dioramas, mini villages, train sets etc. Today I’m sharing a fun little holiday DIY project: Mini Winter Terrariums. Technically speaking I believe a terrarium should have something actually growing in it, so these can’t quite qualify, but I think they are pretty fun to make and look at!

Winter Craft for Kids: Mini Winter Terrariums for Kids Winter Craft for Kids: Mini Winter Terrariums for Kids

Over the past few weeks I have been collecting jars in preparation for this post, looking for the perfect container for my terrarium. I was even planning on going out and purchasing one, and then it dawned on me, why not create a collection of terrariums in different sized jars? I love re-purposing used items so it was perfect!  If you arew ondering where to get the animals, mine are from the here are the ones I used. 


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Mini Winter Terrariums


Winter Craft for Kids: Mini Winter Terrariums for Kids

  • An assortment of clean glass jars, lids optional
  • Salt
  • Pebbles
  • Moss
  • Mini Animal Figures
  • Cardboard
  • Hot glue
  • Spray paint and primer, optional if you want to paint the lids


My kids didn’t follow these instructions at all! They just wanted to pour salt into jars and stick figures in them. This is a pretty straightforward project so that method works! However if you want a little more long lasting and controllable results here are the steps to take:

  • Step One Select your jar, figure, and accoutrements.
  • Step Two Depending on the height of the jar you may either hot glue everything to the bottom of the glass jar or glue everything to a piece of cardboard to build up some height. I used some cardboard packing shapes as the bases, then glued that to the bottom of the jar
  • Step Three Add your salt. Be careful not to pour it over anything it will get stuck in, like the moss. Depending on how snowy you want it to look you can adjust the salt height by slowly adding more or pouring a little out.

You’re done! Make a few more for a little menagerie.

That was easy, right?

Winter Craft for Kids: Mini Winter Terrariums for Kids

Making mini terrariums is a great project for the kiddos. Terrariums always spark young imaginations!

Winter Craft for Kids: Mini Winter Terrariums for Kids


  • Add Lids  Spray the lids with primer and then a coat of a colorful paint. I added lids only to end up removing them so more light could enter the jar.
  • Snow Globe Instead of gluing things to the bottom of the jar, glue everything to the underside of the lid, fill the jar with salt, secure the lids on the jar, then turn upside down for a completely contained environment.

I’m using these as a Christmas day centerpiece on our dining room table.

Winter Craft for Kids: Mini Winter Terrariums for Kids


If you loved learning how to make a terrarium another fun nature themed project is a DIY Chia Pet! If you are looking for other holiday activities check out our Tin Can Christmas Tree Activity!

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Diana Rambles December 28, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Absolutely adorable! Love it!!! Thanks for linking up!


Ana Dziengel December 29, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Thanks Diana!


Debi @ Adorned From Above December 28, 2012 at 4:19 pm

These are so cute. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this with everyone. It runs from Wednesday through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
Debi @ Adorned From Above
Marci @ Stone Mountain Cottage


Ana Dziengel December 29, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Thanks for sharing your link party info; I shared my project! There are some wonderful projects at the party!


Southern Gal December 29, 2012 at 1:58 am

Great idea!


Ana Dziengel December 29, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Thanks for stopping by!


Christine December 29, 2012 at 9:59 pm

SOOOOO CUTE Ana!!! LOVE your version of the snow globes!! They are sooo fun!!!!!


Ana Dziengel December 30, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Thanks Christine, I loved seeing your version as well! It’s nice to see a variety of approaches to a fun little project!


Linda December 30, 2012 at 5:11 pm

It looks like you all had a fun time making these… Nice visiting. Following, too. Linda


Ana Dziengel December 31, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Thanks Linda; it was a lot of fun! Thanks for stopping by!


Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures December 31, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Oh, wow! These are wonderful! Thank you for sharing them at Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Blog Hop! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures


Ana Dziengel January 1, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Thanks Marci! Glad you liked the project!


Catherine July 1, 2013 at 7:12 am

Hope you don’t mind me asking but what did you use for the white stuff. Is it sand? And where did you get it?
Let me know. Thanks. Have a good day!


Ana Dziengel July 1, 2013 at 7:53 am

Hi Catherine,
The white stuff is nothing more than table salt :)
Glad you stopped in for a visit!


Veens @ Our Ordinary Life December 15, 2013 at 2:49 pm

I am so doing this, this weekend! Love it :) I am sure Aarya would absolutely be thrilled with all the Salt :)
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