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How Tuesday: Halloween Terrarium

Oct 2, 2012

by Amy Anderson handmade and vintage goods

Amy Anderson writes the blog Mod Podge Rocks and lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She recently released her first book, Mod Podge Rocks, and stays extremely busy writing for’s The New Home Ec. She loves coffee, the color blue, pugs and Star Wars.

I love miniature anything, and since my favorite holiday is Halloween I thought a combination of the two would be perfect. This mini Halloween in a jar is easy to make with supplies from the craft store (or perhaps you have minis already lying around that need a good home). I chose to take the “skeleton in the cemetery” route with my jar. The witch is innocently hanging out enjoying her pumpkins, while the skeleton is trying to make a new friend.

You Will Need:

  • Glass jar
  • Mini Halloween characters (I used $1 “grow with water” characters from the craft store)
  • “Halloween Hay” or filler for the bottom of your glass jar
  • Small trees (found in the Christmas section of the craft store)
  • Halloween pumpkin sprig
  • Wood fencing
  • Purple and black acrylic paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Silver glitter
  • Silver spray paint
  • Small dowel rod
  • Craft glue
  • Jewelry cutters
  • Thick piece of foam
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife

Each little element requires a minimal amount of preparation to make it Halloween-related (if it’s not already). Here’s how it’s done:

Step 1: Add fill to the bottom of the jar. Paint the tree with silver spray paint and add it to the jar.

Step 2: Use the jewelry cutters to clip a section of fencing to fit inside the jar.

Step 3:If your fence is too tall (like mine was), clip off the bottom about 1/8” to make it slightly shorter.

Step 4: Paint the fence purple and let dry.

Step 5: Stick the fencing and pumpkins into the jar and adjust. I didn’t use any glue, but you can if you want to.

Step 6: Using a thick piece of scrap foam, draw a headstone shape. Cut it out with a craft knife.

Step 7: Paint the headstone with Mod Podge and add silver glitter to make it festive.

Step 8: The skeleton in my jar was able to stand by himself along the fence, but my witch needed a little help. If any of your characters need to be propped up, paint a thin dowel rod black. Next, cut it to size and glue it to the back side.

Step 9: Add your characters and fuss with them until you are happy.

Enjoy your miniature Halloween scene!

For more of Amy’s clever how-to’s, check out’s The New Home Ec. Here are some of her favorites:


All photographs by Amy Anderson.

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