made with love: terrarium ornaments


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My love for plants growing under glass knows no bounds and I was extra excited to find a way to incorporate a little terrarium love into my holiday repertoire this year. These ornaments are actually fake terrariums, by using dried sheet moss or reindeer moss , the ornament isn’t technically growing so it requires no care. Perfect for those of us who are excel at forgetting to water things. Plus, I’m tempted hang them in my kitchen once the holidays are through. –amy m.

CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump!

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What you’ll need:

– clear glass ornaments

– dried moss

– twine

– pencil

– q-tips

optional- twigs, butterflies, feathers etc…

1. Tear off a small piece of moss and moisten slightly (this helps to keep the moss from crumbling a lot of dust inside).

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2. With the eraser end of your pencil, gently push moss into the opening. Repeat this a few times until you have a forest floor on the bottom of your ornament.

3. Add any extras and poke with your pencil to style things as necessary.

4. Bend a q-tip and clean any debris stuck to the inside walls of the ornament.

5. Attach a piece of twine with a bow and hang.

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  1. very pretty!
    I linked to your tutorial on my blog – thanks for sharing!

    doro K.

  2. Steve says:

    My wife and I tried creating a butterfly, twig & moss within a jar, but after a while mold/mildew started to grow within the jar.
    How do you prevent this from happening?

  3. Haha these are fun. I remember being obsessed by terrariums when I was growing up. I was not allowed one so I made mine in a Tupper wear box.

  4. Karen says:

    How gorgeous. I too used to make terrariums. I made them with my grandmother when I went to stay with her during the summer but we called them “gardens in a bottle” then, long time ago. Lovely memories. Lovely idea.

  5. stephanie says:

    How did you get the butterfly in there without tearing the wings?

    1. mary says:

      There is no way to get a butterfly thru that little hole on top.

      1. Grace Bonney says:


        There is, actually. That’s how we did this project. You need fake butterflies and they easily fold in half and then you can roll the wings around the form to get it through the opening, which is about 1 inch wide.



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