How to Make an Easy Kids Bottle Garden

by Sarah - Craft Invaders


Making a Bottle Garden Tutorial. Terrariums are a great craft project for kids. They can really let their imagination run wild.

 

For a while the kids have been asking to make bottle gardens, so I have been on the look out for suitable Jars. This week we came across these square ones, which are perfect for what the kids have in mind. I initially suggested that they gathered some moss for the base of their little bottle gardens, but apparently that’s what grown-ups do in theirs, so I got talked into taking them to the local garden centre for psychedelic gravel instead!

 

Making a Bottle Garden Tutorial. Terrariums are a great craft project for kids. They can really let their imagination run wild.

 

In our kitchen we have a windowsill on which we dump collect interesting bits and pieces that we have found. Fossils, bones and bits of bark feature prominently, so this was a perfect opportunity to find some of them a more permanent home.

The kids got to work.


Making a Bottle Garden Tutorial. Terrariums are a great craft project for kids. They can really let their imagination run wild.

 

How to Make an Easy Bottle Garden

Using gravel and sand works really well, as it allows the kids to try their objects in a few different ways, without their jars getting all messy and them getting frustrated. It’ll also be easy for them to change their layout in the future if they decide to.

They both chose to only use one little succulent each. I’m hoping that these will cope with their barren environments fairly well with just the occasional mist. We did get a good soaking before they got put in.

 

Making a Bottle Garden Tutorial. Terrariums are a great craft project for kids. They can really let their imagination run wild.

Making a Bottle Garden Tutorial. Terrariums are a great craft project for kids. They can really let their imagination run wild.

 

My daughter’s theme for her bottle garden is Guinea Pig Heaven. It’s not clear from the photos but there’s lots of little gems and beads hidden within her landscape. She is absolutely delighted with it, and apparently the cat isn’t dreaming about eating the little rodent, despite how it may look!

 

Making a Bottle Garden Tutorial. Terrariums are a great craft project for kids. They can really let their imagination run wild.

Making a Bottle Garden Tutorial. Terrariums are a great craft project for kids. They can really let their imagination run wild.

 

My son’s bottle garden theme is a Beast’s Lair. This is obvious, apparently, from the large fossilised shark tooth (aka beast’s tooth), that is stabbing through the little vole skull in the foreground. (Charming I know! He has a selection of skulls he kept from when we dissected owl pellets). The floor of the lair is scattered with Fool’s gold. My son is equally pleased with his creation, and both are proudly displayed in their bedrooms.

 

Making a Bottle Garden Tutorial. Terrariums are a great craft project for kids. They can really let their imagination run wild.

Making a Bottle Garden Tutorial. Terrariums are a great craft project for kids. They can really let their imagination run wild.

 

The kids really enjoyed making their terrariums. It’s a great activity for a rainy day, and it certainly encouraged their imaginations to kick in. I would love to hear about other bottle garden ideas that people have come up with!


Terrarium - Ammonites and succulent

 

For more fun gardening inspiration with kids check out our little acorn cap fairy lights and our plantable seed paper.

For more adult gardening tips check out our 20 reasons to grow vegetable in raised beds and our gorgeous garden art made with colourful succulents.

Making a Bottle Garden Tutorial. Terrariums are a great craft project for kids. They can really let their imagination run wild.

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8 comments

FarZain2009 September 2, 2015 - 2:57 pm

Such a pretty little piece of landscape. This is never-ending fun for your kids I believe. Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea. Must try with my little girl.

-FarZain
@https://colorsofourrainbow.blogspot.com/

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Sarah September 2, 2015 - 3:23 pm

Thanks for visiting and your kind comment 🙂

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Let kids be kids August 31, 2015 - 2:30 pm

Love these, what a fab idea and the creations your children made are great.
Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

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Sarah August 31, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Thanks for your kind comment and for hosting #LetKidsBeKids

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channon August 29, 2015 - 3:16 am

What a great idea! This would be such fun with my kids 🙂

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Sarah August 29, 2015 - 9:09 am

The kids love theirs, every time I look at them they’ve been tweaked! Thanks for visiting x

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Catherine @ShadowDogDesigns August 21, 2015 - 3:28 pm

What pretty bottle gardens! Great inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

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Sarah August 21, 2015 - 3:46 pm

Thanks for visiting and commenting x

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