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activities & projects
Glass Jar
Materials:

Large glass mason jar

Dirt or potting soil (organic if you've got it)

Seeds or small plants (African violets work really well)

Water

Directions:

Remove the label from the bottle, if there is one. Discard the label but save the lid. Wash and rinse out the bottle and lid. Lightly place dirt or potting soil in the base. (either on the bottom or the side) Plant a few seeds in the dirt. Lightly water. Put the lid on the bottle . Place in a sunny spot and wait for your seeds to grow. When the plants are ready, repot them or plant them in your garden.

2 liter soda bottle
Materials:

Plastic 2 liter soda bottle

Very sharp scissors or craft knife (adult supervision suggested)

Dirt or potting soil (organic if you've got it)

Seeds or small plants (African violets work really well)

Water

Directions:

Remove the label from the bottle. Discard the label but save the cap! Wash and rinse out the bottle and cap. Cut the bottle close to the bottom, near the end of the label, for example. Lightly place dirt or potting soil in the base. Plant a few seeds in the dirt. Lightly water. Put the cap on the bottle . Cover the base with the top of the bottle. You may have to fiddle with it a bit for it to fit back inside of the base. Place in a sunny spot and wait for your seeds to grow. When the plants are ready, repot them or plant them in your garden.

(If you can find any brand of 2 liter soda that has the black plastic removable bottom, then the project is much simpler. Pry the black bottom off of the 2 liter bottle. Place black electrical tape over any holes it may have in it. Cut the top off the 2 liter bottle down to where the sides are straight. Fill the black base with dirt and seeds, then invert the bottle over the base.)

Tips:

Some plants that do well in terrariums are African violets, ferns and hypoestes. 
 
Moisture will appear on the inside of the jar. Crack the lid for a few hours to allow some moisture to escape. 
 
Use very little fertilizer - you want to keep the plants small and not encourage new growth



How to Make a Terrarium from a Glass Jar or 2 Liter Soda Bottle
by WC Staff

A terrarium is a miniature garden in a jar, bottle or aquarium. Cactus, blooming plants, tropical or a mix of colorful foliage plants are all perfectly adapted to growing in a sealed environment. Here's how to make one of your own from a reused plastic soda bottle or glass jar.