Saturday, October 6, 2012 3:30 PM EDT
Terrariums have been an “it” item in the decor world for quite some time. This Halloween, replace the beautiful stones and exotic succulents that traditionally make up those self-contained ecosystems with cobwebs, spiders, worms and more!
The great thing about this project is that there isn’t a concrete list of materials. Your list will depend on the type of terrarium you’d like to create. I ventured into the spooky realm by using spiders and other creatures (all plastic, of course).
- Glass jars: Have fun using different sizes and shapes. I’ve used jars with lids but you could also use jars or vases with open tops. Secondhand shops that carry housewares often have a very unique selection of jars and vases at great prices!
- Fake cobwebs.
- Crafters moss.
- Plastic spiders and rubber worms.
- Additional suggestions: Rubber snakes or flies, plastic bones or eyeballs, small gourds and pumpkins.
STEP 1: Start at the bottom
I placed a small handful of craft moss into the bottom of one of my jars and in another I placed the fake cobwebs.
STEP 2: Contain your creatures
I paired the moss with worms and the cobwebs with spiders. I carefully adjusted the worms to appear intertwined and look as though they were partially under the moss. The spiders had mini suction cups on their bellies so I was able to stick one on the wall of the jar. And that’s it! This project is so easy and fun that you could end up with a whole collection of terrariums in no time!
STEP 3: Scare time
Place your terrariums on a mantle or window sill and it will look like you have your own creepy crawly laboratory. You could also incorporate them into your exterior Halloween decorations by nestling your terrariums between pumpkins. Wherever you put them, they are sure to send chills down the spines of onlookers!