Make This: spring terrarium DIY (no plants needed)

By Patty • posted on 02/12/2024

This contributor post was written by Patty of P.S. it’s in the details.

If spring could be captured in a jar I would be so happy! Spring is my favorite season. I love all the flowers and the fresh green color. This DIY project is my attempt to celebrate the season.

Just a note – this DIY involves some patience and a bit of skill.

Here are the materials you’ll need: 1. one gallon glass jar 2. spray paint 3. three large silk flowers (about 3″ across) 4. Washi tape 5. embroidery floss 6. two small, straight sticks 7. fun fur in lime green 8. heavy duty wire 9. hot glue gun and glue sticks 9. scissors 10. wire cutters 11. wooden spoon

Here is how you make it:

1. Remove the jar lid and spray paint it in your choice of color. Be sure to work in a well ventilated area. Let it dry completely. (I painted my lid using Krylon’s Gloss Ballet Slipper.)

2. Cut three sections of the heavy duty wire for the flower stems. *NOTE: My wire is a coil of brown, bark-textured wire. I stuck my three sections into the ground outside and spray painted them using Krylon’s Gloss Ivy Leaf*.

3. Hot glue the wire stems to the bottoms of the flowers. You will have to hold each stem for a bit until the glue starts to harden and set up. (I used Prima Baroque Blooms in Deep Pink)

4. Make a mini banner from the two sticks (make sure they fit inside the jar, but keep them as tall as they can be), the embroidery floss and the Washi tape. Fold the tape pieces over the embroidery floss line and pinch closed. Trim with scissors to make pennant shapes.

5. Cut your heavy duty wire flower stems into three different lengths. Make sure they are staggered in height and will fit below the banner.

6. CAREFULLY drizzle hot glue from the glue gun to a spot on the bottom of the glass jar. Set one of the flower stems into the hot glue and hold in place until the glue starts to set up. Repeat this for the other two flower stems.

7. Things are now getting tight down inside the terrarium so you won’t be able to drizzle the hot glue like you did for the flowers. Coat the bottom of one of your banner sticks with hot glue and carefully guide it to the bottom of the jar and into place. Try not to bump the hot glue onto anything on the way down. Hold the stick in place until the hot glue starts to set up. Repeat for the other banner stick.

8. Cut lengths of the lime green fun fur yarn and guide into place on the bottom of the terrarium using a wooden spoon handle. Use enough to hide all the ‘workings’ and to give a nice covering of baby green grass.

9. Put the lid back on the jar.

Tah Dah! You now have a beautiful jar of spring goodness to display in your home!

I have my spring terrarium sitting on my living room entertainment center.

Happy spring!

About Patty: Patty Schaffer is the owner of P.S. it’s in the details, an Etsy shop where you can find creative paper things that will make you ooooo and ahhh! Her shop specializes in paper accents for scrapbooking, card making, gift giving and home decor. Patty also shares DIY and craft projects, news on upcoming shop releases and other fun things on her blog, Capture the Details.

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very pretty!

I linked to your tutorial on my blog – thanks for sharing!

doro K.

doro K.

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Swann Soirées Ania (@AniaArcher)

So cute & pretty!!


aaaaw this is a cute smart cool terrarium to make.
thank you for the tute and the sharing.
very lovely;-D


this is a gorgeous craft project! something i can’t wait to try


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