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Paper Terrarium Tutorial

Paper Terrarium Tutorial

This weekend my husband announced, “We cannot go anywhere this weekend. Because football.” SO, that meant I had some time to get some crafting done (because… I don’t watch football… unless it’s the Superbowl). I’ve been wanting and thinking of creating a terrarium for some time. BUT, I’m not too sure I’d be able to keep a live terrarium… alive. Heh. So, I introduce to you: the Paper Terrarium Tutorial. It does not require anything alive… AND, the items needed are inexpensive. Yay!!!!

What you need:

  • A glass container. I found mine CHEAP at a thrift store.
  • Moss. I got mine at a craft store. The bag filled 2 terrariums.
  • Floral foam. Just a small amount will do.
  • Tooth picks.
  • Hot glue.
  • Scissors.
  • String.
  • A couple of tiny twigs.
  • My Doe A Deer freebie printout.

What to do:

  1. First place your foam in your glass container.
  2. Then you can start forming your moss around the foam. I made sure to cover any foam spot that may show through the glass.
  3. Next, cut out all the paper pieces you’d like for your terrarium. I’ve included a couple of different sizes of deer and mushrooms for you to choose from. After they’re cut out you can hot glue the tooth picks to the backs of the cutouts. Glue your banner triangles to the string. Tie that string to the twigs!
  4. Arrange your paper pieces exactly how you’d like! And, you’re done!
  5. I made 2 terrariums and the rough total cost of each one is about $5. Woo hoo!

Paper Terrarium Tutorial

I had originally came up with this idea because my good friend Christina is getting married this summer, and she was looking for a way to create a terrarium for cheap. AND, I think I’ve found it. Another little idea I had for this is to add a little photo to the mix for a wedding center piece! Very cute… having different photos in each terrarium? Love it.

Paper Terrarium Tutorial

Freebie printout (click on the image below, right-click, and save):

Paper Terrarium Tutorial

Β I hope you guys enjoy!

– Chelsey



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  • Amy on said:

    this is awesome! thanks!

  • Katie on said:

    I made one last night using a jelly jar and it turned out SO VERY CUTE!! Thanks for posting. I can't wait to make some more. I think they'll make great gifts for co workers and family members, too! πŸ™‚

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  • Gabriel on said:

    DUDE! we are soulmates, this is the coolest shit ever.

  • shannonmarie on said:

    That's so cute. I think my mom used to make something like that. I'll have to do one with my kids.

  • Laura on said:

    Super cute! I love it!

  • Heather on said:

    my head literally just exploded. my laptop is super gross and messy.

  • Amanda Meinert on said:

    I have two live terrariums, but I suck at keeping them alive. I always over water and they get bugs and die. Lucky, my dad runs a greenhouse so I just get new plants every few months. Heh!

    This is so cute. I think I'm going to do it in my boys bedrooms!

  • Summer Crosbie on said:

    I LOVE this!!! Got to find a cute glass bowl to use!

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Check out your thrift shops! So so many pieces of glassware for cheap out there! πŸ˜€

  • catie on said:

    cute! cute! cute!
    i always make live terrariums too wet or too dry, so this is perfect.
    and the idea of wedding place settings with photos is so wonderful.
    they could be place settings AND favors to treasure.

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Yes! Little bottles for the terrarium would be so cute for favors!

  • Tammy on said:

    Very cute! I think I will bookmark this for a rainy day project! πŸ™‚

  • lindsay on said:

    So cute πŸ™‚ I got into making terrariums a few years ago, but haven't made one since. I love them. Thanks for the freebie printout! AWESOME πŸ™‚

  • melissa rohr on said:

    shut up! this is the cutest thing ever – i have exactly the thing to do it in too that is just empty and boring on my fireplace. another reason you're my hero πŸ˜‰

  • Stacey Nicole on said:

    adorable! This would be fun for me and my girls to make together. πŸ™‚

  • angie on said:

    Cute idea. I've been looking to do some myself, but keeping them alive has scared me, too.

    And, oh.. football yes, I understand how that goes. But I don't mind. Were from Baltimore so we are thrilled to have our Ravens still in it!

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Im usually a little more excited for football if the Seahawks are do ing something…. But, only sorta. πŸ˜‰ I hope this terrarium works for you!

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