Crusher's Crafts

Crusher.jpgTerrarium

 

There are endless ways to reuse a plastic bottle…This month, learn how to make a terrarium from a 2-liter soda bottle.  A terrarium is an enclosed space that replicates an ecosystem.  Because a terrarium holds in warmth and moisture, it is an ideal place for growing small plants from seed.

 

What You Need

  1. An empty plastic bottle.  (This can either be a 2 liter bottle or a smaller water or soda bottle.)
  2. Sharp scissors or a crafting knife (Note:  This project requires the help of an adult!)
  3. Dirt or potting soil
  4. Seeds
  5. Water

 

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What you do



Rinse out the plastic bottle with water.  (Save the cap!)

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Remove the label from the outside and throw it away.

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Use scissors or a craft knife to cut all the way around the bottle about 6 inches from the bottom.
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Put dirt in the bottom piece of the bottle.  You don't need to pack it down, just place it in lightly.

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Push a few seeds into the dirt a couple of inches from the surface.  (Only plant 2-4 seeds in your terrarium or else the seeds will be too crowded to grow.) step_5.jpeg
Get the dirt slightly wet with water. step_6.jpeg
Put the top and bottle of the bottle back together.  You will have to squeeze in the sides a little bit to make them fit together. step_7.jpeg
Place your terrarium in a sunny place where your seeds can grow big and strong!  If the dirt starts to look dry, unscrew the cap, stick the nozzle of a spray bottle in the top and give it a few squirts.  
Watch your seeds as they sprout and grow!  You can even keep a journal of your seeds by drawing pictures or writing descriptions of what they look like each week.