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Who doesn’t love spring? Budding trees, grass turning green, flowers blooming. Everything is fresh and colorful again. We wanted to find a way to capture it — inside a cute little mason jar of course — so we created the Spring Terrarium Kit.
What you'll need:
- Spring Terrarium Kit
- Mason jar with ventilated lid
- Potting soil
- Wire cutter
- Polymer clay (we used pastel colors for spring)
- Gift tag and string
Start by making the clay decorations that will live inside your terrarium. We made mushrooms, Easter eggs, and a bunny, but the possibilities are endless.
Mushrooms: Roll out the stem using the white polymer clay. Taper it by making the top part slightly thinner.
Insert your wire into the bottom of the stem and through the center so that it comes out at the top.
Form the top of the mushroom by rolling the clay into a ball and making an indent with your finger. Using a different color clay, roll mini balls and add dots to the top of the mushroom.
Attach the cap of the mushroom to the stem by inserting the tip of the wire through the center.
Easter eggs: Choose a polymer clay color and roll into an egg shape. Using a different color clay, roll mini balls and add dots to egg. Or you can choose two colors and combine them to create a multicolored egg. Insert your wire into the bottom of the and through the center.
Place clay decor onto a baking sheet and bake at 225 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. Let cool for 30 minutes before trimming the wire and inserting into your terrarium.
To make your terrarium, begin by filling the bottom of the jar with the soil provided in your kit.
Add the moss on top of the soil, and then the pumice rocks.
Take your clay decor and trim any excess wire down to half an inch. Insert each piece into the soil.
And you’re done. If you’re giving the terrarium to a friend, use a gold or silver Sharpie and the gift tag provided to write a message.
What you’ll need:
- By the Numbers Napkin Kit, which includes four cotton napkins, vinyl numbers, and fabric dye powder (four pastel colors).
- 4 tsp. salt
- 2 cups warm water
- Atomizer (If you’re using multiple colors, having an atomizer or spray bottle for each color would be easier, but it's not necessary.)
- Paper towels
- Large piece of cardboard
Fill a measuring cup with half a cup of warm water. Stir in one teaspoon of salt until it dissolves, then add two teaspoons of dye. Fill an atomizer or spray bottle and set aside.
Fold your napkin however you prefer. We folded them in half lengthwise, then over three times. Place on a large piece of cardboard to protect your work surface.
Carefully remove the first vinyl number from the backing and place it on the napkin, making sure it’s straight before pressing and smoothing. Some parts of the numbers are quite thin, so you might need to work slowly for this step.
Unfold the napkin and turn over. On the cotton setting (no steam), iron the back of the napkin (where the vinyl is) for about 30 seconds. Check to make sure the the number has adhered properly. Don’t put away your iron, because you’ll need it again in the next step.
You’re ready to apply the dye now. Flip the napkin over and smooth out. Hold your atomizer about five inches away from the napkin and spray the solution. To create an ombre effect, use more dye on the bottom of the napkin and then lighten as you go up. Pat excess dye off the vinyl number with a paper towel and then quickly flip the napkin over and iron again to dry.
Turn the napkin back over and carefully peel off the sticker. Repeat the steps with the next three napkins using a different color (or the same one) for each number.
Use these napkins for your Easter dinner, wedding decor, or birthday celebration.