Make It Mini: Elf Terrarium

Create one-of-a-kind Christmas ornaments with a store-bought terrarium and a few of Santa's little helpers. These DIY Christmas ornaments are the perfect way to add a little holiday cheer to your tree.

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Need help adding a special touch to your Christmas decor? Time to call in Santa's little helpers! A mini elf terrarium is a little slice of elf life that can be hung on a Christmas tree or added to the mantle. Store it wrapped in tissue paper for a handmade holiday decoration you can display year after year. 

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What You'll Need:

  • Terrarium ornament
  • Sand
  • Fake snow
  • Mini Christmas tree
  • Elf figurines
  • Miniature benches and chairs
  • Tweezers

Step 1: Add Sand

Cover the bottom of your terrarium with a layer or two of sand. Look for white sand at your local craft supply store. This provides a steady base for all of the aspects of the elf scene. To add wintry flair, add a layer of fake snow on top of the sand. If you can't find fake snow, coarse sugar or salt is a fun alternative. 

Step 2: Set the scene

Use tweezers to set your scene. Add the mini Christmas tree figurine, the benches and chairs, plus your elves. Depending on how your elves are made, you can use your tweezers to pose them. Look for small elf figurines or try making them out of modeling clay. Is your elf waving "hello" or high fiving his elf pals?

Learn how to make a wintry terrarium. 

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