Terrariums are hot right now, have you noticed? It seems like all the cool crafters are making them. Check this great twist on a terrarium by crafty rock star Jennifer Perkins: the terrarium picture frame. I love the postcard background – wouldn’t this be a fun craft to do while you’re on vacation? You can use kitschy trinkets you find in your travels to make a one-of-a-kind souvenir. [click here for original project instructions]

You can find shadow-box frames at the dollar store, and a lot of the other little trinkets and ingredients for this fun craft. I love to do at least one fun craft when I’m on vacation, and this would be a fun one to do with the kids. Wouldn’t it be fun to do a “scavenger hunt” with your kids? You could give them a list and a budget (like $1-5) and let them pick out their own supplies at the local tourist-trap gift shop, or just give them a list of things to find outside for free. Give prizes for the most creative, least money spent, etc. List things like:

  • a postcard of your favorite thing we’ve seen
  • a small item that reminds you of our trip
  • a pretty object from nature

You can collect some items as you go along, too, to round out the craft supplies. Twigs, rocks, shells from outside, or kitschy plastic toys (like the ones in Jennifer’s terrarium). Provide the glue, glitter, and shadowboxes, a couple of photos from your vacation if you can get some made. Put everything on a table and have fun!

Project Estimate:

  • Shadowbox frame, $1
  • Trinkets, on hand or $1
  • Faux moss, $1
  • Postcard, $.25
  • Glitter, on hand or $1
  • Glue, paint, etc.
  • Family photo

Total: $2.25 and up