DIY Terrarium

A homemade terrarium, coming right up! Let sunny weather inspire this kids’ terrarium, complete with a ladybug made from air drying clay.

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  • Crayola Air Dry Clay
  • Crayola Glitter Glue
  • Crayola Paint Brush
  • Crayola Window Markers
  • Crayola Washable Paint
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Glass Bowl
  • Soil
  • Moss
  • Disposable Plate
  • Chenille Stems

CIY Staff Tips:

  • Make a smaller version of this terrarium craft inside a mason jar!
  • Fill the glass container with other found objects and earthy elements.
  • Want a different theme? Create a different animal out of Model Magic and draw a corresponding scene on the outside of the bowl.


Step 1

Make a ladybug for inside the terrarium. Roll 1 large and medium ball of clay, then connect to make the body and head. Roll 2 small balls of clay for the eyes, flatten, then connect them to the medium ball.

Step 2

Using a chenille stem, poke 2 holes in the medium ball of clay. Dry overnight.

Step 3

Set the ladybug on a disposable plate, then paint the large and medium balls red with paint brush. Dry 1–2 hours.

Step 4

With blue glitter glue, make spots across the body. Put 2 dots on small clay balls for eyes. Dry 3–4 hours.

Step 5

Cut a chenille stem for antennae and insert into each of the poked holes.

Step 6

Use window markers to colour and draw an outdoor scene on the outside of the bowl.

Step 7

Fill your terrarium with soil and moss, then place in the ladybug.

Step 8

Display the homemade terrarium anywhere around the house.

  • Occasion:

    • Summer,

    • Rainy Day Crafts

  • Age:

    • 6+,

    • 8+

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