DIY Kids Projects: Baby Food Jar Planters and Terrariums

Two kid-approved ideas to help you make the most of a very cold Monday Funday

DIY Kids Projects: Baby Food Jar Planters and Terrariums
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Looking for a kid-friendly cure for cabin fever? There's a DIY for that. Take those cute little baby food jars you find at the grocery store. Lonny contributor Cate West Zahl loves turning them into vessels for plants and flowers; you can force seedlings of herbs, hearty ferns, or succulents, and give them as gifts, or repurpose a handful of jars to compose a windowsill garden. Delicate cut blooms such as ranunculus also look great in them as miniature flower arrangements. The best part? They're small enough for little ones' hands, and the how-to is as simple as three steps: pour in dirt, add seeds, cover with more dirt.

DIY Kids Projects: Baby Food Jar Planters and Terrariums
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Are your older children in the mood for more of a challenge? Why not try a make-it-yourself terrarium from Amanda Kingloff’s Project Kid: 100 Ingenious Crafts for Family Fun. This one has a whimsical safari-meets-afternoon-tea theme, dreamt up by Kingloff as an antidote to the typical woodland trope. "Terrariums are always about deers and trees and mushrooms," she says. "I thought it would be fun to make a party scene with animals having a celebration in this little enclosed garden." That's what we call cold comfort.

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