Tiny Terrarium Party

Project time: 20 - 30 minutes

Cost: $9-$15

Difficulty: Moderate 

Materials: Tiny Glass Bottle With Lid + Tiny People + Pretty Paper + Glue Gun + String + Tweezers + Foliage  

Finished product: A Tiny Party in a Terrarium 

Use ideas: Birthday Present + Wedding Decor +  Anniversary + Boyfriend/Girlfriend Gift 

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Tiny things, there's just something about them that makes my heart happy! This tiny terrarium party was a present for my sister's birthday. That's a tiny version of her and her hubs dancing. She also shares my border-line obsession with tiny things, and I know we're not alone (You're reading this post aren't you?!) So let me break it down so you can get your own (tiny) party started!

Directions: 

1) Gather your supplies and stage your party

I chose to create a tiny string of paper bunting, and have my characters dancing under the "trees". Feel free to set your own stage. Maybe a picnic, (think tiny felt blanket!) Or the beach (fill the bottom with sand). It's a scenic world, get creative!

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2) Build your pieces

Tiny Paper Bunting: Fold a piece of pretty paper about a 1/4 over, and cut some triangles. You want the folded seam on the base of the triangle, you should be able to make a diamond by opening the triangle. This is so you can easily swing them over the rope and glue the front and back together.

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Cut a 2.5" piece of string (give or take depending on your bottle size), swing the triangles over the rope, and glue the fronts and backs together. I used my glue gun for this, but any glue will work! Trim off any dried excess glue. Don't do like I did and burn yourself pressing them together, (darn you, cute tiny bunting!)

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Greenery: I cut a piece off a decorative wreath in my room. You can do the same, (though not from my wreath, sorry) or substitute moss, dried plants, real live plants, etc!

 

Floor/ bottom of the bottle: Using a pen, draw a circle around the bottom of the glass terrarium. Cut this circle out. I purposely kept my circumference a bit larger then the inside of the bottle so it would rise a little on the sides, creating some depth.

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Tiny People: The best part! I bought this multi-pack of tiny people and chose the two that looked most like my sis and her hubs for the 'dancers'. I glued them together before putting them in the bottle so they would be a bit more sturdy standing up.

There are a LOT of tiny peeps out there, have fun with this! Example, here are some really cute beach goers . Etsy has a lot of custom people as well, or if you're super artsy, you can paint your own!

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3) Perform Surgery (aka, put the tiny items in the tinier bottle)

I started by putting my floor circle in the base. I rolled it in half'ish to get through the lid and used tweezers to squish it to the bottom of the bottle.

Then I grabbed my tweezers, dotted the feet of my dancers with glue, and ever so delicately stuck them to the base. Easy.

Just kidding. Placing them was actually a mess. They smeared their way to the base eventually, but I had to pick off an embarrassingly large amount of glue from the inside of the bottle! But hey, they made it.

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I then tied the bunting to the greenery, leaving one end loose, wrapping that around the tiny people. The sprig was large enough that I didn't feel I needed to glue it down to stay in place.

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I put the cap back on that puppy and boom. Tiny party forever.

Notes:

- Keep your scene simple. Try to have one focal point. Mine was the dancers. The other items in the terrarium should be subtle enough to compliment the focal point.

- Remember: You can use Hobby Lobby's always running 40% off coupon a full price item to keep supply costs down. I used mine on the tiny people.

- As always, if you try this project I'd love to see your creation! Please share a pic and tag us on instagram, @somanyhoorays #naileditsomanyhoorays or on the So Many Hoorays facebook page