How to Build a Dinotastic Terrarium

How to Make a Dinosaur Terrarium

We spend a lot of summer afternoons inside avoiding the sun (my kids burn in a snap.) So I am always looking for fun ideas to keep them occupied. We got into building fairy gardens outside awhile back but they just aren’t as fun inside. So our Summer favorite is building terrariums.

They are perfect for long afternoons and if you do them properly, easy to maintain and change out. This dinosaur version is a favorite of ours. Your kiddo will love tackling this project inspired by Katie Elzer Peters’s book Miniature Gardens. I have modified this one to be “faux” because who wants to worry about taking care of plants on lazy Summer days?

Accessories

  • Imitation moss (easy to obtain from Michaels)
  • Polished stones
  • Dinosaur figures
  • Miniature fake ferns, palm trees (we use fish tank ones)
  • Play sand

A container that looks large when not filled with plants and soil turns tiny when “planted”. Look for accessories, including figurines that are less than 2 inches long for larger terrariums and ½ to 1 inch long for smaller terrariums. This container in the picture is a clear candy jar from the craft store (8 inches tall and 7 inches in diameter.)

Where the Dinosaurs Roam Terrarium Step by Step

1. Fill the bottom of the container with ½ to 1 inch of rocks.
2. Add the play sand on top of rocks, start with 1-2 inches of potting mix. This does not seem like much, but it is easier to start with a little, then add as needed to level out.
3. Place the plants and accessories. Use a teaspoon to add sand to hold in place as needed.
4. Place the cover on the terrarium and enjoy.

As the summer goes on, we like to add rocks and items we collect to our terrariums. Be sure to thoroughly wash items and dry in direct sun before adding. Enclosed spaces are mold friendly, especially in summer humidity.

For more fun creative summer ideas, check out a few of my favorite blogs.

Comments

  1. That is so cute! I love the little dinosaur you added. Very sweet!

  2. Aww, this is so cute. And it looks like a lot of fun for kids. I bet my daughter would love to make one.

  3. I love this idea. It is really cute and simple to make. My grandson loves dinosaurs so this would be a great project for us to do this summer.

  4. This just perfect for kids.

  5. This is so stinkin cute! I know a lot of adults that would like this, too!

  6. This is too cute! My boys love anything to do with dinos!

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