Make a Mini-Mary Garden with Kids

This week the kids and I made some Mary garden terrariums! Not only was this super fun, but it opens the door to discussing evaporation, plants, roots, and honoring Mary. You can find all of my ideas about how to honor Mary with kids in May here, and today we are going to talk about how to make a mini Mary garden with kids. 

Mary Jar Terrarium
I want to start out by saying that I’m not a garden expert, nor am I an expert on terrarium making. I read all about making terrariums with kids here, and it had a lot of great information! For all I know you’re going to tell me that I let my kids plant poison ivy in their terrariums (although I certainly hope not).
Jar Terrariums
We made our terrariums using apple sauce jars because, well… my kids eat tons of apple sauce. Pickle jars would have been better because they have a wider mouth for arranging the plants. My kids could fit their hands into the jars, but I couldn’t. I was able to use a stick to help arrange things.
Jar Terrarium
We put some potting soil in the bottom and planted some inpatients. I’m sure the inpatients weren’t the best choice because they grow too big, but I had them on hand so that’s what we used.
Then we walked around the yard and I let them select some other things for their terrariums- plants, rocks, whatever. I think you could even add some bugs if you wanted.
Jar Terrarium
We also added some moss.
The moss was great because it can go in front of your Mary statue without being tall and covering her up.
Mary Jar Terrarium
We used Mary statues from old nativity sets- you know- the ones you don’t set out at Christmas anymore because you have so many, but don’t get rid of because, well, who gets rid of nativity sets? You can piece out old St. Joseph statues for mini St. Joseph altars, too. 🙂
Mary Jar Terrariums
Mary Jar Terrarium
I actually had some trouble finding Mary statues that were skinny enough to fit into the narrow jar openings, so make sure you test your Mary statue before you begin. My kids were able to help me place my Mary statue in my jar since my hand didn’t fit. It was nice for them to get to help me for a change! 😉
Mary Jar Terrarium
Once you’re all finished, water your mini Mary garden and put on the lid! Terrariums are great because they water themselves! This is a huge plus to me, because I do NOT have a green thumb. Remembering to water house plants around here is just never going to happen. Look how happy Lydia is with her mini Mary garden!
Kid With Jar Terrarium
By the way, these terrariums are the most challenging craft I have ever had to photograph for this blog!
Mary Jar Terrariums
We are proudly displaying our mini Mary gardens on a shelf on our porch. We practically live on our porch this time of year! If you’d like to make something really classy for display, you can try making terrariums in apothecary jars.
Mary Jar Terrarium
Front Porch
Fortunately, the shelf is tall enough to keep them out of Violet’s reach. 🙂
Mary Jar Terrariums on Shelf
This was a super fun outdoor activity that my kids absolutely loved, and I’ll admit that I had a lot of fun with this one, too. Plus, it’s super cheap if you just use plants from around your yard. Now, if only I could spruce up my real Mary garden…
Mary Garden
Toldja I don’t have a green thumb. 😉
Plus, my poor Mary statue needs to be glued back together again. Again.

If you’re looking for more ideas, check out my other resources on how to honor Mary with kids.

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  1. This is very cool! I’m going to add this to my list of things to do with my little guy & gal!