Dinosaur Terra/Aquarium.

Posted on | January 23, 2012 | 30 Comments

last week my friend Chelsey posted the cutest paper terrarium on her blog. i’ve been seeing terrariums everywhere and am loving them all. the levi’s store in SF had HUGE amazing ones and all i could think was “i could never keep that alive”. i still want to (try to) make a few live ones, but in the meantime i had to make Chelsey’s completely impossible to kill paper one.

my apothecary jar i wanted to use was too small for the bunting and Harper wanted one for her room and she loves dinosaurs. a trip to the dollar store, some painting and arranging later, the dinosaur terra/aquarium was born and sitting on her shelf. Harper said it looks like an aquarium/fish bowl and since it’s not alive, we are calling it both. because you do what a three year tells you.

besides, a fish is the last thing i need around here. plastic dinosaurs live foreverrrrr!

bonus – this fulfills two of my must-do-soon crafts: terrarium and painted plastic animals. unfortunately, it only made me want to paint more plastic animals and create more terrariums.

i bought the moss and dinos at the dollar store, the paints i already had (but were less than 2 bucks a pop) and i picked up the fish bowl at goodwill for a dollar. Chelsey’s printout was free (if only printer ink was!) so in the realm of cheap crafts? ::insert YOU ARE HERE arrow:: in hindsight, the only thing i’d do differently is splurge (heh) on the moss and buy it at Michaels. the dollar store moss isn’t very green.

do any of you own a real live terrarium? give it to me straight – are they easy to maintain? or should i stick to neon and gold children’s figurines in a bowl – which oddly i’d be ok with?

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  • Alana Deleon Lott

    This is precious!!! Great idea!
    What do you use to write on your photos? Photoshop? They look lovely!

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    Mandy Reply:

    photoshop! and thank you m’dear.

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  • http://notacouponqueen.wordpress.com/ Mo

    We had one in our kitchen when I was a kid. The thing was a beast! Had to be about two feet tall, in a big glass jug with a giant cork in the top. It was pretty awesome, I remember making it as a family science project, it lived a lot longer than we thought it would, like we had it for years. It would have keep going, except the plants out grew the thing. It’s pretty neat how it kept itself alive, in its own little ecosystem without us ever having to water it.
    Maybe I should make one now for my own home, since I can’t seem to keep plants alive…

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    Mandy Reply:

    i am so intrigued. sounds awesome!

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  • Anonymous

    Just started following your blog! This is such a cute and fun idea :) 

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  • Morgan ~ Tot Treasures

    My daughter would love this! Thanks for sharing. Morgan, http://www.tottreasuresnorthbay.blogspot.com.

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  • Mrs. Wonder

    OMG. It is not even funny how much my son needs one of these. He lives and breathes Dinosaur Train right now.
    I need one too, with a little unicorn.
    I need fishbowls NOW.

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    Mandy Reply:

    GLITTERCORN

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  • http://twitter.com/studiomme Megan Eckman

    This is adorable!  I have the very strong urge to paint dinosaur figurines now!  Thank you so much for the inspiration.

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  • Anonymous

    You MUST visit Artemisia in Portland – you can take a terrarium class for $35. I shared about it here http://thatmamagretchen.blogspot.com/2011/08/happy-birthday-terrarium-style.html – LOVE!!!

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    Mandy Reply:

    AHHH! how fun, i need to head down and do that!

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  • http://lealoulemonade.blogspot.com/ Steph

    very cute!

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  • Lisa

    This is adorable.
    I keep orchids and ferns in makeshift terrariums – just an upside down hurricane from IKEA but it keeps them alive.  I wish I could do the intricate ones with all the moss and junk.

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  • http://www.acollectionofpassions.com/ Kacie

    Dude. So rad. I need to make something like this!  Thanks!

    Kacie

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  • http://www.whatbenwore.wordpress.com/ Lisa

    I just got the best deal on printer ink. Hey, can I burn a copy of your Nickelback CD?

    Anyways, amazing idea. I love it. Thanks for sharing…definitely doing this for my little Dinosaur Train addict. 

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  • http://tidbitsparenting.blogspot.com/ Lindsey

     that is freaking awesome! plus i noticed (eagle eyes right here) that you did that framed-fabric-in-rings craft that’s been on my to-do list forever on Harper’s wall. i love it!

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  • Pushups with polish

    this is so cute! i want to be as crafty as you when im a mama one day! xxo em 

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  • http://www.bluebirdkisses.com/ ana {bluebirdkisses}

    super cute!  I love this…and I know the kids would love making them too!

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  • http://profiles.google.com/mandimcclure Amanda McClure

    Love this!  We currently have a VERY small fish aquarium and 2 of the 3 fish have bit the dust since Christmas.  This is so gonna happen instead of replacing fish!

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  • http://jodiink.com/ Jodiann Inkenbrandt

    Ahhh so cute! 

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  • http://www.Joshleo.com joshleo

    nice no-care-necessary terrarium! It is its own prehistoric world. Cute.

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  • Georgia de Leon

    Hi Mandy…love the blog!!  Did you have to prime first or did you paint and wait inbetween coats?  The paint isn’t really sticking on my animals.

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  • http://twitter.com/HouseOfWoyaks Heather

    this is SO COOL :)

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  • Erin Bernard

    I just came back from my lunch break at Beverly’s. Where I bought all my supplies to make a terrarium. I hope you don’t mind that I too am doing dinosaurs. Because I loved yours and, well, dinosaurs are rad. BTW – I don’t have kids (yet) so this little diddy is ALL for me.

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