Step 1. Have your incredibly crafty, generous and gardening-loving sister organize materials. This may be tricky, unless you have an awesome sister like mine.
You will need: charcoal, pebbles, and soil, for the base,
eye-catching glass jars, fish bowls, or Parmesan shakers,
darling little greenery,
handcrafted miniature penants,
and other assorted flair.
Step 2: Spread the charcoal, pebbles and soil in thin layers on the bottom of your chosen glassware.
if you have very skinny hands you have a distinct advantage here.
It helps if you and if you act like a mad scientist while doing so (also helpful: children's chopsticks).
Step 5: Gaze lovingly at your completed terrarium.
Step 6: Attempt to steal sisters' and friends' terrariums because they are cuter than yours.
Optional: Consume copious amounts of cheese, crackers, and cupcakes in between each step. Recommended!