How To Make A Succulent Terrarium

This Tiny Succulent Terrarium was created using my Geometric Holder die and Succulent 2D & 3D dies from Sizzix. This was the first time I had ever used Shrinky Dinks. I must be the only crafty adult that has never played with Shrinky Dinks as a child.

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To make the Geometric Holder, I die cut the pieces out of a recycled, clear Sizzix Bigz die packaging. This worked beautifully and folded nicely. I used hot glue to hold the pieces together. This can get messy so don’t use a lot of glue and don’t touch the glue gun to the clear plastic to avoid melting.

I used foil craft tape from Michaels to add the appearance of the metal that holds together a real glass terrarium.

To make the succulents, I first die cut the Shrinky Dink plastic using my Succulents 2D & 3D dies. I cut 42 pieces of the largest Echeveria leaf, 28 pieces of the medium leaf and 28 pieces of the smallest leaf. This was enough to make 14 tiny succulents.

I wanted to experiment with coloring the plastic so I started with Distress Inks in Evergreen Bough and Picked Raspberry.

For my second coloring experiment, I tried Copic markers in YG03 and BG15. I also colored some using BV00 and B21 for a more bluish succulent.

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Both techniques worked very well. I think the Copics were less messy but the colors were beautiful on both.

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The really nice part about the way the Shrinky Dinks melt is that they curl, which makes them look very natural as succulents. I used hot glue to assemble three large leaves, two medium leaves and two small leaves into each tiny succulent plant.

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To create the terrarium, I first layered some thrifted pearls on the bottom to look like sand. I added a layer of dry moss and then placed the completed succulents on top of the moss. Each tiny succulent is about the size of a penny.

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I had one tiny succulent left over so I glued it to the end of my Sizzix Die Pick.

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Happy crafting!

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