This instructable will show you how to make a terrarium, a very tiny terrarium. But the basic Principals are the same for any sized terrarium.
    You will be shown how to make the tools and i will include a list of tiny plants to use in your terrariums.

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OK here is a list of stuff you will need, all this stuff i found in my house or in my backyard.

1. Glass Bottles
2. Tiny Rocks
3. A bunch of tiny plants (i will include a list of some, but these where all taken from my back yard mosses work the best.
4. Sand
5. Clay
6. Charcoal (i burned some sticks)
7. Dirt (potting soil)
8. Wire Hangers
9. Small Funnel
10. Tubing
11. Sponge
12. old pen

Hot Glue Gun
Some Tape
Small Drill

Step 2: Step One: Make Your Tools

Picture of Step One: Make Your Tools
So they don't sell tools to do this but they can easily be made from stuff around the house.
You need to make these tools
A cleaning sponge
A water sucker upper
A pair of small long tweezers
A tamper
A long funnel
A pointy thing for poking at stuff

HLW6711 months ago

Have a neat tiny bottle...Will try this! PS I love your wording...."pointy thing"..."pokey thing" and stuff :)

kracken421 year ago


Very cool! Gonna pass this on to my wife for a possible classroom project! Do the bottles need to be corked after the terrarium is complete?
LoganMackey (author)  fast and cheap2 years ago
ive never tried to fully inclose one i guess it would depend on the plants inside if they dont have carbon dioxide they may suffocated and die
western2 years ago
Just a thought, but I've had good luck cleaning old bottles with just sand and water. I fill them up about 1/4 full with sand, then the rest of the way with hot water. Then stopper the bottle with a cork or your finger and shake it well. The sand scours the sides better than any brush I've found. Might even add a drop of dish soap to help.

Nice instructable, I've always found the micro-systems growing in bottles I've found naturally to be quite fascinating, might have to make my own now.
Is it essiantial to have a charcoal and clay layer ( s ) .

The terrarium container I ln on using is 8cm Wide by 7cm High .

Is this enough ?
LoganMackey (author)  LittleBigMikey3 years ago
clay no, the clay is there to hold in the rocks, but the charcoal is a must your plants will most likely rot inside the bottle

if your interested i am making a hobby tool kit to make terrariums keep an eye on
Jossy923 years ago
Thank you, The pictures + instructions are very precise.
varenikje3 years ago
You mean, "bottom of the bottle," right?
LoganMackey (author) 4 years ago
ac1D4 years ago
I have a little question, what would happen if I make a mid-size bottle terrarium (let's say, a 700ml pepsi/coke bottle), and if I added some insect in it? (hem.. two of these tiny window fly, and two ants?)
Would they survive? Or die?
LoganMackey (author)  ac1D4 years ago
They would die ants need ants they cant survive alone, and fly's only live like a week or two but you can try other insects you might have better luck with i have a large 1 1/2 gallon terrarium and it has a slug in it, it must have been a egg on one of the plants i used it lived in there for a couple of months.
I don't know why other are not commenting, your isntructables is really nice and helpful!
I was re-reading it while doing one, and I came across the pictures at step6.. look at it carefully, I don't know if it is on purpose, but it look like a man in the bottle :-D
LoganMackey (author)  ac1D4 years ago
nope it was not doen on purpose i just made tiny balls of clay and drop them in the bottle but yes it does look like a man thanks for the comment!
neetz4 years ago
soo cute!