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How to Craft Terrarium Ornament Decorations

You could trim your Christmas tree with these crafty miniature terrariums or you can use them as decor throughout the spring! It's one of the reasons we love this project.


If you had plans to put fillable plastic balls to creative use this holiday season, but decided to sip hot toddys and catch up with old friends instead, don't feel bad! It was a good excuse and now, you've got a way to still get decorative use out of them.

These terrariums are easy to make and the finished product is adorable. While they're perfect for hanging about your home - think your mantle or natural branch centerpieces - these little ornaments would also make unique gifts and party favors. They are as perfect for holiday ornament exchanges as they are for a nesting theme baby shower in June.

Browse the floral section of your local craft store for more terrarium inspiration. Aside from birds and butterflies, you could add a bird’s nest with tiny colorful eggs or silk flowers to your fillable plastic balls. You could also add tiny mushrooms or miniature woodland creatures.

Your kiddos can assist in making these unique decorations, saving the hot gluing for adults. You could take your family on a nature walk and collect pebbles and twigs to put inside of your ornaments, too. This is a family tradition in the making and you’ll have the decorations to preserve your memories for years to come. 


70mm Fillable Plastic Balls

80mm Fillable Plastic Balls

Moss Sheet


Jute or String

Floral Birds, Butterflies, Ladybugs, etc.

Hot Glue


Step 1: Cut a piece of moss around the same diameter as the ball you are using. You can tear off a piece with your hands or use scissors. The moss doesn’t have to be a perfect circle, the more imperfect the better with this project.

Step 2: Hot glue a floral bird, butterfly or ladybug s to the center of the moss. Make sure to have it standing as you want it to inside the ornament.

Step 3: Place pebbles on the bottom of the plastic ball and place the moss on top.

Step 4: Close the ball, sealing with hot glue if necessary. Attach a piece of jute or string to the top of the ball and hang on your Christmas tree. Keep the ornament upright.

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