Make your own action figure terrarium

Guestpost by Megan S. on Aug 8th

We've showed you how to display action figures, and how to make humorous terrariums. Now here's how you can combine the two!

I love my action figures but I often wish I had a better way to display them rather then gathering dust on a dark shelf. So, when I saw a terrarium a few weeks ago, it hit me: Mini terrariums personalized for each figure would be a perfect and stylish way to show 'em off. Even better, I could easily create each display using items I already have at home and a few key pieces from my local chain craft store.

Intrigued? Here's how I made my action figure terrarium…

What you'll need:

One thing before we begin:
A true terrarium is a miniature ecosystem containing living plant matter. Because I'm a klutz and there's a significant chance I will knock over anything within arms reach and because I don't know if exposure to water and decaying plant matter will affect action figures, I made a non-working terrarium. If you'd like to learn how to make a true terrarium, check out these instructions on Garden Design.

Now, on with the show!

Step one: thoroughly clean your container. I soaked the mason jar in warm soapy water for a few minutes to loosen the label and then carefully peeled the paper off. I used glass cleaner on the lantern to remove any smears from the inside and outside of the glass.

Step two: Carefully form a layer of stones on the bottom of the container approximately one and a half inches thick. I arranged the stones (a two-pound bag of multi colored stones available from Michael's in the floral department for $2.49) so a variety of colors would be visible from the outside. It just looks nicer that way.

Step three: Make a base for your figure using the bottle top, stone, and double-sided tape. It the stone doesn't stay in the top when overturned, use a piece of tape to secure it. Then apply a few layers of double-sided tape to the top and attach to the feet of your figure. If your figure's feet aren't flat, roll up a length of tape into a ball and use that to attach it to the bottle top. It will offer more stability.

Step four: cover the bottle top with moss and place the action figure in the container. Be sure to thread a few pieces of the moss (the variety pack is available from Michael's in the floral department for $6.99) between the figure's feet so none of the top is visible. Then, carefully position the figure in the container, making sure it looks good from all angles.

Step five: tear of small pieces of moss and position the material around the figure's base. I used my scissors to tuck the moss between the stones but anything long and thin will do the trick.

Step six: (Optional) If you're using a mason jar, you may wish to cover the lid so the label doesn't show. I used a piece of felt I had left over from making Lilly's Ewok costume and secured it using double-sided tape and embroidery thread. I attached three wooden buttons to the ends of the thread for some added flair.

So, there you have it — an easy, cheap, and stylish way to display your action figures using items you have at home and a few key pieces from a craft store!

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About Megan S.

Megan is the Editor-in-Chief for Stellar Four, a site dedicated to celebrating the girlie side of science, science fiction, and fantasy. And, while she's been paid throughout her career to write all sorts of official sounding reports, legal notifications, speeches, and press releases, she's never been as happy as she is now writing for free about her latest geek loves. Get your nerd on with Megan on Stellar Four, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook!