With a passion for nature and wildlife, my backyard serves as an excellent source for creative inspiration. It is fun to bring a touch of the outdoors into the home by designing a jar terrarium.
Designed By: Laura Kelly Walters
Please make sure your work area is covered and you are not working on an unprotected surface. We recommend working on the Sculpey® Work ‘n Bake Clay Mat, wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Uncured clay may damage unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Be sure to cover your crafting area appropriately. Start with clean hands, unwrap and knead clay until soft and smooth, or condition by running clay though a Pasta Machine. We recommend using a designated machine for clay purposes only. When working with multiple colors, clean hands with soap and water or baby wipes (we have found that baby wipes work best) before switching colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces firmly together. Wash hands after use.
Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). After you are done creating; for best results bake clay on an oven-proof surface such metal, aluminum foil, an index card or the Sculpey® Clay Mat at 275°F (130 °C) for 15 minutes per ¼" (6 mm) thickness according to package directions. Oven safe glass or ceramic surfaces are also acceptable for baking; however please note that the baking times may take longer as the glass or ceramic surfaces take longer to heat up. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME.
Organize your supplies and materials
Fill your jar with layers of rocks, glass rocks and gravel.
Create terrarium life with Bake Shop clay by hand forming and sculpting as shown in the photo. Be sure to create a couple of plants, mushrooms and floor covering. To create the floor coverings, roll green balls then smash them flat. If you want to add texture, press them onto a textured surface before baking. (NOTE: I added some bakeable green shreds)
Bake your terrarium pieces following the Bake Shop directions on a baking sheet
After your pieces have cooled, place them in your jar. Add twine around the top and use hot glue to add a little bug or garden creature of your making
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