I thought it might be sweet this year to make a little teacher gift for Valentine’s Day. I loved how my terrariums that I shared last post turned out, and decide to make a couple mini versions as gifts.
My favourite brand of tomato sauce comes in a mason jar. I usually just recycle it, but last week I saved a couple, and spray painted the lids pink -you know how I love spray paint.
I used the same method I used here, on the larger terrarium. I started with some rocks in the bottom for drainage, added a little charcoal (find it in the aquarium section of your local pet store, labelled Active Carbon) to help fight against mold issues, and then some potting soil. I used some little woodland plants, one in a darker green, and the other in a more lime, bright green.
Because they’re for Valentine’s Day, I wanted to add some hearts. I needed to use a material that won’t become moldy, rusty or break down in the little terrarium eco-system. I decided to use polymer clay. I formed hearts, and inserted bamboo skewers, and baked them according to package directions. They turned out so cute, and I inserted one into each terrarium.
Once the inside was finished it was time to put the lid on to create the terrariums own little eco-system, where the water re-circulates. If you notice condensation on the glass, remove the lid for a couple hours to let the excess water evaporate and then replace it again. I made a simple heart shaped label with the words, “Love Grows Here” -perfect for my girl’s caring teachers who strive to create a classroom where love grows, and tied them onto the lid with a little ribbon and baker’s twine.
I kind of love them. Hope they bless the teachers in our life.
With mini Valentine’s Day Terrariums in a mason jar, life really is a party!