Mini Winter Terrariums

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

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 are wondering 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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Winter Craft for Kids: Mini Winter Terrariums for Kids



    • Ana Dziengel says

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

  1. Catherine says

    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 says

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

  2. says

    Hi Ana! I love this idea. I was hoping to be able to borrow this idea for our blog. We will of course link to your blog! Have you ever drilled holes for holiday lights in the lids? They look adorable lit up at night. Thanks bunches! -Beth

    • Ana Dziengel says

      Hi Beth, Lights would be a great idea! You are always welcome to do your own version of the project on your blog. If you decide to follow our exact method I’d appreciate it if you would direct folks to our site for the complete tutorial. Thanks!!

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