Terrarium Background




Introduction: Terrarium Background

I like making backgrounds for terrariums and Vivariums.

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Step 1: Great Stuff

There are many ways to make a background for your terrarium tank. This is the way I like to do it:
I get a foam board (1/4) available at most department stores. I get a can of "Great Stuff"and spray it all over the board. I make random patterns and swirls . Some areas I'll make thicker than others . It expands as it dries. Use gloves because this Stuff is almost impossible to get off your hands . Read on ...

Step 2: Supplies

To do a background for 10- 20gal tank:
One foam board. 1/4 -1/2 in thick
One can Great Stuff..
One bag of coconut husk
One can of brown spray paint
Bark chips , rocks and other decor
Gorilla glue

Step 3: Decor

Here are some examples of decoration that you could incorporate into your background. Some come from my backyard and some come from Michaels.

Step 4: Steps:

First measure and trim your foam board to fit your tank. Then:
1. Spray Great Stuff onto the foam board
2. While still wet incorporate bark rocks and other decor.
3. -Let dry
4. Tape off areas that you don't want spray painted.
5. Spray paint the background
6. While still wet, sprinkle the coconut husk shavings in the background . (Do this with paper or container underneath to catch excess.
7. Repeat steps 5 -7 if needed.
8 remove tape and touch up areas
9 with a knife, carve holes in some bigger areas for plants to go in.
10. Trim your background to fit into your tank.
11: glue it in and hold it in place as the glue dries. I use gorilla glue .

Step 5: Be Creative

Be creative and make your background come alive with branches and colored glass .

Step 6: Friends

Add some animal friends to your tank and bam! You converted a terrarium into a vivarium !

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    5 years ago on Introduction

    Super cool! What sort of frogs are those? Their colors are amazing.....!