Running out of activities to keep you and the little ones occupied? We’ve got some ideas that could spell relief. Weekends are the perfect time for crafting projects that might be too big or too messy to take up. Gather your supplies and get started! Some are more intensive than others, but all will leave you with an end result that you’ll definitely want to show off to your friends.
An eco-friendly DIY!
Terrariums are a great craft for kids because they are fun in all stages of development. Picking out plants, containers and little figurines to go inside can be just as fun as making the terrarium and watching it grow. What’s a terrarium, you say? A terrarium is a way of growing plants in an enclosed or partially enclosed container usually made of glass or plastic. They are easy to establish and make a wonderful craft for bored kids at home during the summer.
What You’ll Need
- Glass bowl
- Potting soil
- Small rocks
- An assortment of small indoor plants – ferns, cactus, succulents,etc.
- An assortment of decorations and toys—you can use toadstool mushrooms, plastic dinosaurs, moss, grassy rocks and craft birds. Other favourites include larger rocks, coloured sand, mini garden gnomes and fairies, etc. Let your kid pick out whatever he or she wants, to give the terrarium an extra special touch.
Remove any price tags or stickers from your vessel and wash both the interior and exterior thoroughly to ensure that there are no unwanted residues that could affect the health of your plants. Envision how you want to arrange your plants inside the jar.
Once the container is ready, fill the bottom with rocks or pebbles. This is to create a false drainage layer so water can settle and not flood the plant. The depth of the rocks totally depends on the size of your container, but aim for 1/2″ to 2″.
Again, cactus and succulents need a special soil compared to most other plants, so be sure to get the appropriate soil depending on which plants you’re using. Add enough soil so the plant roots will have plenty of room to fit and then grow. Aim for a depth slightly greater than the height of the plant’s pot.
Take your plant out of the pot and break up the hard soil ball until you get down to the roots. If you’re breaking the plant into multiple parts, be gentle. You may also want to trim the roots if they are especially long; don’t worry, they’ll grow back. Using a spoon, your fingers, the end of a brush, or even a pencil, dig a well to place your plants roots in.
Add more soil around the top and compact the soil down around the base of the plant. Continue placing your little plants in the container and try to keep them away from the edges. The leaves are likely to touch the sides but aim to keep them away as much as possible.
After you’re done planting you can add little accessories like a blanket of moss (dried or living), little figurines, old toys, glass beads, shiny metal object, sticks, stones, or even a layer or rocks. This is your little world and you can put whatever you’d like in there.
You’ll likely have dirt all over the sides of the container, so wipe them down so you can enjoy the beautiful living world inside. Give the terrarium a little bit of water. Unlike most of your house plants, a terrarium doesn’t need to soaked: just a couple of shots of water should get it started.
Tips to take care of your Terrarium
– Over time, monitor your terrarium’s water needs based on how dry the soil is. For terrariums with closed lids, if water is dripping down from the top, open the lid to let some evaporate. Likewise, you may need to add more if it looks parched. You shouldn’t need to water them very often.
– If leaves die or wilt, remove them from the terrarium immediately to maintain the health of the little ecosystem. If an entire plant dies, take it out.
– Don’t place in direct sunlight. Remember that these are essentially little greenhouses and direct sunlight through the glass will trap heat and scorch the plants. Place in indirect light for best results.
– Afterward, enjoy your little world or give it away and make another!