I really enjoy making handmade gifts. I haven't been able to make as many this year with the busyness but i did put together these terrariums for the awesome ladies i work with. You can get really creative with what you put inside. I went with a woodland theme but you could also put a tiger in there with a bow on his neck, anything goes! - Lesley


1. A vessel. I found these killer tippy terrarium jars from the beautiful Terrain.
2. Charcoal
3. Pebbles/Rocks/Pea Gravel
4. Soil and Cactus soil
5. Sand, I used black sand.
6. Moss
7. Fun objects like berries, animals, trees, and mushrooms.
8. Succulents or indoor plants.


Start with a clean vessel and begin by carefully putting the charcoal on the bottom. I found mine at my local nursery. The charcoal helps maintain a happy environment for the plants and keeps the jar from smelling bad. Bonus! After putting in the charcoal I placed in order: the white pearl stones, then dirt, then black sand, then cactus soil, then the plants. I then watered in the plants and tucked their roots into the soil. Next I tucked the moss around the plants and topped off the terrarium with an adorable deer, hand painted mushroom ( I used one of the pegs left over from the nativity and painted the top red with white polka dots), a tree that I spray painted white to make it look flocked and then sprinkled it with glitter. To top off the festive garden-in-a-jar I used a sprig of fake holly berries. The berries I found at Hobby Lobby, the trees and deer were found at Hobby Town.

ps If you are reading this post I would like to give you a big virtual high five. Thanks for putting up with changes while I get my bearings! xo


  1. I love it! I love the new space and I love the terrarium. Congrats on the move. :)

  2. thank you SO much jen. that feels so good to hear!

  3. Congratulations on your new space! I have been wanting to make a terrarium for eons. Totally going to follow your tutorial!


  4. yay, love the new space lesley (and your sweet terrarium)! AND i've already subscribed :)

  5. congrats on the new spot! bring on 2012 and hopefully tons of great things for you and your fam!

  6. yay for you! new chapter and lots of positivity for the new year!:) congrats!!!

  7. Go, Lesley! Love the new look, the terrarium -- (LOVE), and the new name. Looking forward to seeing what you are up to in the New Year. Merry Christmas! Hugs to you and your family.

  8. i want to make a terrarium sooo bad. #inspired

  9. So stinkin' cute! I love the painted mushrooms, so crafty and clever.

  10. this is so cute. i made a terrarium recently but mine is way boring compared to this. i need a deer!

  11. I love the little dear figurine.

  12. hahaha i never thought of using figures in my terrariums! that's a great idea =) little deer and maybe a dragonfly! i've been tempted to try a live praying mantis, but that might be unfair to the little guy.


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