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Plant Activities for Kids

Bottle Terrarium

Make a terrarium out of an old pop bottle.
Make a terrarium out of an old pop bottle.
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You can make a bottle terrarium -- a habitat for houseplants -- out of old, recycled pop bottles. If you collect wild plants or seeds for your terrarium, be sure to collect on private property with permission only. Never collect plants from parks, state lands, or federal property.

What You'll Need:

  • 2-liter soda bottle with black plastic base
  • Scissors
  • Plants
  • Potting soil
  • Charcoal (the best kind comes already crushed and bagged for houseplants)

How to Make a Bottle Terrarium:

Step 1: Remove the black plastic base from the bottom of your soda bottle and set it aside. This will be the bottom of your terrarium.


Step 2: Use scissors to cut off the top of the bottle just below the "shoulder" of the bottle. When turned over, the bottle forms a clear dome over your terrarium.

Step 3: Sprinkle about 1/2 inch of crushed charcoal in the bottom of the black plastic base.

Step 4: Fill the base with potting soil up to about 1/2 inch from the top.

Step 5: Plant some small houseplants, woodland plants, seeds, or cuttings in the base.

Step 6: Water them until the soil is moist but not soggy.

Step 7: Cover the plants with the clear plastic dome you made from the rest of the bottle.

Step 8: Place your bottle terrarium in a sunny spot and water it regularly.

On the next page of plant activities for kids, you'll find out how to grow a plant from a popcorn kernel.

For more outdoor activities or nature crafts for kids, see: