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Make a huanted terrarium for Halloween

2012-10-18T15:00:00Z 2012-12-20T10:25:46Z Make a huanted terrarium for HalloweenDeana Fishbein / SHNS savvyshopperdeals.com
October 18, 2012 3:00 pm  • 

When I was little, I loved making terrariums. Any type of small world that I could create made me so happy. Terrariums are easy to customize -- from the jar to the plants to the little figurines you can add to tell a story.

Why not get your children involved, or invite friends over to make your Halloween themed terrariums together?

For my glass vessel, I used what I had on hand -- a bunch of inexpensive apothecary jars with glass lids that I use in my studio to store buttons, beads, thread, etc. You can use anything with a lid: a Mason jar, a clean jam jar, a specially designed terrarium containers. I've even seen wine bottles used.



  • Glass vessel with lid
  • Small rocks or gravel
  • Soil
  • Charcoal
  • Moss
  • Little plants like Variegata, Moon Valley, cacti and succulents
  • Paper printout of a spooky house (or your house in black and white)
  • Mod Podge and sponge brush
  • Small figurines to create a haunted scene, like spiders or pumpkins
  • Fishing line for hanging objects from the lid (optional)
  • Tape (optional)




  1. To create the soil base for your terrarium, layer about an inch of small rocks, a little bit of charcoal and about two inches of soil. You can scale these amounts up or down depending on the size of your container. Plant your small plants in the soil and cover the surrounding exposed soil with moss.
  2.  I found a spooky-looking house online, and printed it out normally and in mirror-image, so I could glue the house's wrong sides together and make my terrarium viewable from two sides. Use Mod Podge on your paper printout to make it waterproof. Insert your dried house into the terrarium, either by folding the bottom up to create a little stand, or by taping a toothpick on the back and inserting it into the soil.
  3. Now, make the Halloween scene complete by adding figurines. I put a tiny cow grazing on the moss, then hung a plastic spider using fishing line tied around its body and taped the other end to the lid above.
  4. Finally, add a little bit of water to your terrarium and put on the lid. I used two little succulents from my garden. Use plants that need the same amount of moisture and sunlight.

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