DIY Mason Jar ‘Glitter’arium

wedding terrarium

Is there a better way to welcome spring than with a DIY ‘glitter’arium? I think not!

A ‘glitter’arium is my own sparkly twist on the current DIY terrarium rage. All you need to make it is a mason jar, glitter, rocks, glue, a fake bird, and a high tolerance for a big glittery mess that you will have to clean up when all is said and done. (But worth it! So worth it!)

To light up the ‘glitter’arium you will need a battery operated LED portable light that you can purchase here.

These whimsical little worlds would make enchanted centerpieces for an evening wedding or party.

glowing terrarium

You will need:

  • A jar with an opening that is at least 6cm wide. My jar had a 6cm opening, but next time I would use a jar with a bigger mouth so that the light could be placed on the inside of the lid. Then you could simply screw the lid onto the jar and not have to worry about getting fancy with covering the top of the LED light.
  • A Sylvania Dot-it Dimmable Bright White LED light
  • rocks
  • Martha Stewart Glitter in various colours (You don’t have to use the Martha Stewart brand, but I do find that fine glitter gives nicer coverage)
  • White glue (I used Sobo glue)
  • A foam brush or paint brush for spreading glue
  • fake bird (I got mine from the dollar store)

The instructions for this DIY project are so easy, you could follow the illustration that my six-year old created for this tutorial:


But I did document the process with photos, so I might as well give you the entirely unnecessary step-by-step tutorial.

Using foam brush, cover rock with glue. (Messy, messy, messy!)

glitter rock Coat rock with glitter. (Uber messy!!) Repeat with all rocks.

glitter rock glitter rock Cover bird with glue and add glitter.


fake bird After:

glitter birdie Place rocks inside jar.

mason jar terrarium

Set bird on top of rocks. You might want to epoxy the bird onto one of the rocks for a more secure fit. Set LED light on top of jar. I covered the top of the LED light with some glittery paper and covered the sides of the light with ribbon. If you end up using a jar with a larger mouth, you can stick the light on the inside of the lid and close the jar.

led light

diy terrarium

glitter top

Voila! A dazzling, unique centerpiece for your wedding or upcoming party. The ‘glitterarium’ is also a cool way to decorate a mantle or bathroom counter.

glitter bird

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  1. Posted by Jamie on March 28th, 2012 at 2:03pm

    This is absolutely awesome! What a super way to make a nightlight for a kid's room! (Okay, or mine!) This is just the activity I've been looking for to do with my niece and nephew while we're on our picnic. Thank you so much for the future memories!
  2. Posted by Christina on March 28th, 2012 at 2:22pm

    Thanks Jamie! Have fun with it. It's messy - but fun!
  3. Posted by Sarah on April 4th, 2012 at 7:24pm

    These are neat! Might look cool with this peacock feathers I was looking at earlier, since the colors match up:
  4. Posted by Lisa on April 21st, 2012 at 6:10am

    Beautiful! Fantastic idea, I love all that glitter
  5. Posted by Hayley on June 2nd, 2012 at 4:17am

    How do you get the glow effect? I bought a LED light from a cheap shop... maybe its not the right type, as it doesn't appear to make anything glow, just light up.
  6. Posted by Skeeper on June 3rd, 2012 at 3:45am

    This is superb! I'll try to make these for my sister's planned wedding. tho im not sure if i can buy some led lights here :( any more alternatives for that?
  7. Posted by Darlene on June 18th, 2012 at 2:33pm

    I found the LED lights at JoAnn Fabrics in the As Seen on TV section on an endcap. There are 3 in a pack.
    I did have to buy AAA batteries though.
  8. Posted by Dee-Dee on July 10th, 2012 at 6:46pm

    Did you use glow in the dark glitter?
    What type of LED light do I need?
  9. Posted by Linda Kuhn on March 8th, 2013 at 8:01pm

    I am going to make one of these. Very nice idea...LOVE IT!
  10. Posted by Christina on March 8th, 2013 at 11:29pm

    Glad you like it Linda!
  11. Posted by Shannon Kelly on April 20th, 2014 at 1:23am

    How did you get the glow-n-the-dark effect? I saw the question but not the answer.
  12. Posted by Tracy on May 28th, 2014 at 5:56pm

    Thanks for the great ideas and the clear easy-to-follow instructions.
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