How to make a whimsical terrarium

In my mind, springtime is mushroom season. When I was a kid, we’d search the woods around my grandparents’ house for morel mushrooms. In honor of spring mushrooms, I’m sharing a few mushroom crafts this week, like this Mushroom Terrarium. I love the whimsical, polka dot mushroom in this DIY terrarium. Part of the fun is accessorizing it with miniatures like butterflies, fairies and gnomes. After all, when you make a terrarium, you’re really making your own little world, right? (Don’t forget this week’s giveaway, too.)

Cute, DIY Terrarium made with an old container. The mushroom is such a cute accent!

This is so cute! DIY this faux mushroom on

Mushroom Terrarium designed by Kathleen George.

To make a Mushroom Terrarium, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2” ball and 3” egg
  • Clear glass or plastic container, about 6” x 4”
  • Red & white polka dot cupcake liner, lightweight paper, or fabric
  • Miniature critters, such as a butterfly, other insects, fairies, etc.
  • Sheet moss
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; teaspoon; optional: iron

Don't throw out that old container -- here's how to turn it into a cute Mushroom Terrarium.

To make a Mushroom Terrarium:

  1. Make the mushroom stem:
  • Wax the knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap for easier cutting.
  • Cut a small slice from the top and bottom of the 3” foam egg.
  • Firmly roll the egg on a flat surface to shape it. You want the narrow end to be significantly thinner (refer to photo), so compress it more along the narrow end.
  • Smooth the sides firmly with the back of a teaspoon.
  1. Cut the 2” foam ball in half. Glue one half ball onto the mushroom stem. Test fit to be sure the mushroom will fit inside your container.
  1. Smooth out the cupcake liner. Optional: lightly press with a warm iron. Make ½” – ¾” cuts all around the outside edge.
  1. Center the paper circle on the mushroom cap and glue in place, smoothing the paper over the top of the mushroom, and folding the tabs to the underside. Trim away any excess paper.
  1. Assemble the terrarium:
  • Cut a piece of moss to fit inside the lid, and glue in place.
  • Glue the mushroom to the center of the lid.
  • Add your faux insects or other embellishments. (I recently saw a miniature unicorn that I’d love to add!)
  • Place the lid on the jar and display.

Here’s another favorite mushroom craft – the Moss Rock Wreath with Felted Mushrooms.

Pretty wreath made with (dollar store) moss rocks. Not hard to do.

The moss rocks are a dollar store find, and Rebekah Meier used corks for the mushroom stems.

Even more whimsical is this Red Daisy Mushroom that you’ll find over on

Cute spring centerpiece -- a whimsical mushroom made with silk daisies and carnations.

Red Daisy Mushroom by Kathleen George.

Every once in a while when I’m out for a walk, I’ll find morel mushrooms in random places. I’ll pick them for my dad to fry up and enjoy, the same way he’s done it since he was a kid. How about you? Have you ever hunted for wild mushrooms?

Remember to enter the big SNAP swag giveaway this week. I’m giving away two prize packages packed with awesome craft goodies. Trust me, you don’t want to miss your chance to win!

Happy crafting.





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4 Responses to How to make a whimsical terrarium

  1. These are too cute for words!! I think I am going to have to make a couple of these terrariums for my grandsons! I think they will love them! You always have such great projects for us to see and try and I am so glad that I am a member of this wonderful community! I really love the Red Daisy Mushroom also! So sweet! Off to order the pieces I need to complete this project! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks, Barb. I love that these require no care, too, which is perfect for kids. The boys would have fun accessorizing them, too, don’t you think? Happy crafting. Sharon

  2. LisaM6 says:

    Those are so cute. Love the mushrooms. I see a fairy moving in soon with the wreath.

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