Halloween Terrarium – Crafts by Amanda

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There are lots of fun ways to make your own Halloween decorations. We put this Halloween terrarium together using clearance items from the craft store, but you can find these types of items at big box and dollar stores too!

halloween terrarium in a glass canister

Why this project works

Whenever you can find items on clearance or at the dollar store, I consider that a win.

This project can be stored and brought back out year after year. It also makes a fun gift.

Halloween terrarium

Helpful Project Information:


  • Age Level: 8 and up
  • Mess Factor: Low
  • Level of Difficulty: Medium
  • Time to Complete: less than 30 minutes
  • Cost Estimate: Less than $7.00 each

Craft supplies you will need

labeled supplies for halloween terrarium
Get full list of supplies and directions in the printable version at the end of this post.

How to Make a Halloween Terrarium

These step by step photos and instructions are here to help you visualize how to make this project. Please scroll down to simply print out the instructions!

  1. Start by placing your fence inside the glass canister. If you want lights inside the jar, I suggest wrapping them around the fence before putting the fence in.
glass canister with mini fence inside
  1. Add your main structure, in our case it’s a haunted house.
haunted house figurine inside glass canister
  1. Place a couple inches of pebbles the bottom around the house. Make them nice and snug.
haunted house figurine and pebbles inside glass canister
  1. Position moss over the rocks.
haunted house figurine with moss inside glass canister
  1. Add any small figures, like our witch, gravestones, and pumpkins.
hand holding tiny gravestone figurine
  1. Hang ghosts from canister lid or rim.
tiny ghost figurine

Expert Crafting Tips


  • We did not glue our items in place. We did this so we could change the items at any time. However, if you prefer they stay still, you can certainly glue everything together. I would suggest a strong glue like E6000.
  • Be sure to check thrift stores for orphaned glass canisters.
  • You can make some of your own miniatures, like trees from black spray paint and twigs.
Halloween terrarium on fireplace mantel

This Halloween Terrarium is a great decoration for your fireplace mantel or as part of a spooky centerpiece.

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halloween terrarium

Print Project

Halloween Terrarium

This Halloween Terrarium is a great decoration for your fireplace mantel or as part of a spooky centerpiece.

Prep Time5 mins

Crafting Time25 mins

Total Time30 mins

Age Group: Crafts

Project Type: Halloween

Supplies

  • Large glass canister with lid
  • Small black fence long enough to go around canister
  • Pebbles
  • Moss
  • Mini Halloween decorations of your choice

Instructions

  • Start by placing your fence inside the glass canister. If you want lights inside the jar, I suggesting wrapping them around the fence before putting the fence in.

  • Add your main structure, in our case it’s a haunted house.

  • Place a couple inches of pebbles the bottom around the house. Make them nice and snug.

  • Position moss over the rocks.

  • Add any small figures, like our witch, gravestones, and pumpkins.

  • Hang ghosts from canister lid or rim.

Expert Tips & FAQs

  • We did not glue our items in place. We did this so we could change the items at any time. However, if you prefer they stay still, you can certainly glue everything together. I would suggest a strong glue like E6000.
  • Be sure to check thrift stores for orphaned glass canisters.
  • You can make some of your own miniatures, like trees from black spray paint and twigs.
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