Happy Easter

I did a little something different this year with the kids. Instead of colored eggs (which always seem to get wasted), we made terrariums!
Growing up, my grandmother would always bring a terrarium to our holidays. She made fantastic little environments with skaters or woodland animals. I was captivated by them. So when Susan from West Coast Crafty, a blog I love to follow, posted a how-to on making terrariums, I was inspired to try it this holiday.

Our family had a lovely, WARM Good Friday and spent the day on the waterfront in Plymouth and snooping in some antique shops in town. I found three great old bottles for the project. Once I got home I found a terrarium that my mother had given me years ago and an old cookie jar, so we had plenty to work with.  

In the cold rain on Saturday, we ventured out to gather the ingredients - gravel, activated charcoal, soil, moss and plants. Unfortunately, at this time of year the nursery had not received their tender plants but we found some little ferns and tropicals. To decorate we used figures from the Magical Forest Mix offered by Etsy seller Bake it Pretty.

Working with warm, green little worlds was a great way to chase away the dreary weather. Both kids really got into it. My son loved planning his landscape and had great little stories about what the gnomes were up to. My daughter absolutely loved hers, complete with Snow White and some dwarfs - She keeps sticking her hands in to play in the scene!

I hope your holiday is filled with fun and family, new and old traditions.

7 comments:

BurkoDesign said...

OMG these are awesome Amy! You must have had such a blast making them!

The Fern and Mossery said...

How wonderful and what a fun activity to do with kids.

http://www.thefernandmossery.com/

designsbylulubelle.etsy.com said...

What a great idea! I'm going to have to remember that for next year. I always feel like I need to do the eggs with the kids, but then never really use them. Hope you hada nice holiday!

Amanda said...

Your terrariums are fantastic, I love them! Thank you so much for mentioning the Bake It Pretty shop. too! :)
(PS. I was browsing your blog and I ADORE your studio! So jealous!!!)

Jen B said...

Great project Amy! It's a whole 'nother take on a Tiny World ; )

angeltreats said...

I was just googling for terrariums and found your blog. These are lovely! Much nicer and longer-lasting than eggs! I hope mine turn out as nice as yours.

Leona Gaita said...

I just LOVE the gnome populated terrariums! You gave me an idea: Little plastic dinosaurs in their own prehistoric landscape!...oh what fun!