over the rainbow: paper terrarium

Rainbow Paper Terrarium // thepapermama.com

Do you remember my deer paper terrarium from last year? No? Well, here’s a link to my original post (plus check out the photo below).

I had that cute little set up for a year. I loved it (I still love it), but it’s time for a change. That’s why I’ve created my new paper terrarium: over the rainbow. No more deer this year…. time for rainbows, an air plant, and a little blue trailer. Hee.

Deer Terrarium

Even though the deer set up was so cute, I really love my over the rainbow terrarium. Here’s what you need to make your own:

Rainbow Paper Terrarium // thepapermama.com


– Glass container (mine is from a thrift store, I think it’s an old outdoor lamp cover)

– Sand (I found my black sparkle sand at a local shop)

Air plant

– My cloud/trailer print out and rainbow printout

Floral foam

– Wire

– Toothpicks

– Hot glue


– Prep your glass container. My glass container has a hole in the base. SO, I cut out a piece of cardboard and hot glued it to the inside of the hole (I don’t want the sand to sneak out).

Rainbow Paper Terrarium // thepapermama.com

– Cut out a small piece of floral foam to fit at the base of your container. My foam was about an inch thick. Just short enough to hide under the sand.

Rainbow Paper Terrarium // thepapermama.com

– Pour in your sand. I had a 5 pound bag (from a local terrarium shop) of black glitter sand.

Rainbow Paper Terrarium // thepapermama.com

– Cut out your trailer, clouds, and rainbow. I included multiple sizes for you, so you can choose what works best for your jar. Hot glue your clouds to a bit of wire and all the trailer and rainbow to toothpicks.

Rainbow Paper Terrarium // thepapermama.com

– Arrange the paper terrarium pieces in your container. I added a teensy bit of moss (from the deer terrarium) to sit under the trailer. Once you’re happy with how it looks, place your air plant. I made sure to place my air plant in a spot I can easily grab it. Air plants require a spritz of water or a soaking in water about once a week, and water isn’t so great for paper rainbows and paper trailers.

– Set your terrarium in a favorite spot.

– Enjoy!!!

Rainbow Paper Terrarium // thepapermama.com

– Chelsey

P.S. Please let me know if you make this for yourself! I loved seeing the paper deer terrarium creations from last year. You can add a link in the comments.



  • No Model Lady on said:

    Pretty much the funnest/cutest thing I've seen all week!

  • Susannah on said:

    This is such an adorable idea! I love the camper sitting under the rainbow. Definitely not your run of the mill terranium!

  • Franca on said:

    that is SO cute! I want to make my own right now!

  • Chloe Moon on said:

    I recently got a cat, so a real terrarium with a plant in it will probably be out of the question for me so this is such a cute alternative!!! I've been eyeing the West Elm terrariums for a while now! Super cute idea!

  • Kara on said:

    Oh my gosh, no lie, I'm doing this as soon as possible!!

  • Kelly on said:

    This is just the most adorable thing! I am fairly new to your blog so I hadn't seen the deer one last year. I think I am going to have to find myself a terrarium so I can make one of my own. Thanks for the idea!

  • amanda on said:

    I'm pretty sure that used to be at my house. My parents had that exact same looking thing sitting on our porch when I was like 7. So cool how you found a way to reuse it!

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