Beach Escape Terrariums

By  Sue Geffe 

size: varies

  • Beach Escape Terrariums


  • Glass apothecary jars, in desired sizes
  • Play sand, five cups
  • Mini shells, 12
  • Mini craft picket fence: 6-1/2” length, 5” length
  • Polyform Sculpey polymer clays: Studio by Sculpey: Buttercream, Avocado, Cappuccino, After Midnight; Sculpey III: White, Red, Transparent
  • Fabric, scraps: 2”x5”, 1-1/2”x4”, 1”x7”
  • Sewing thread
  • Floral wire, 7-1/2” length
  • Green cardstock, 2”x3”


  • Polyform Sculpey: Super Slice, Style & Detail Tools, Acrylic Roller, Knife
  • Polyform: Studio by Sculpey Antiquing Medium: Chocolate Brown; Glossy Glaze
  • Tweezers
  • Wire cutters
  • Craft stick
  • Clover Mini-Iron
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet
  • Oven
  • Eclectic Products E6000 Adhesive

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, ruler, pencil, needle, straight pins, dry wax paper, paintbrush, toothpicks, foil

Pattern - Beach Escape Terrariums

  • Clay Adirondack Chair, Flip-Flops, Sandcastle
  • 1. Print out patterns. Use index cards to mark chair pieces when baking.
  • 2. Remove clay from packages and condition on clean work surface.
  • 3. Roll Buttercream clay to 1/16" thickness and into 8"x6" rectangle. Cut chair pieces from rectangle. Press craft stick gently onto surface of chair pieces, transferring wood grain pattern.
  • 4. For flip-flops, roll Avocado and Cappucino clay separately into 1/16"-thick sheets. Roll small amount White and Red clay together, creating pink clay. Cut two flip-flop shapes from Avocado and Cappucino clay. Roll skinny pink snake; form into two flip-flop straps. Press straps on flip-flops, following dots on pattern. (Note: If straps won't stay upright, roll tiny foil balls and situate under straps for support when baking.)
  • 5. For sandcastle, use 1/3 package of Translucent to form base of sandcastle. With remaining 2/3 of package, roll 7/8"-thick sausage, cutting into three parts (for three tower shapes). Press sausage shapes on base, forming shapes into sandcastle towers. Add details as desired using tools.
  • 6. For sunglasses, roll two After Midnight ovals; flatten. Roll skinny After Midnight snake into two 1/2" lengths; overlap lengths forming "x" shape. Press "x" on ovals, creating sunglasses shape; add small snake pieces to form nose bridge and lens.
  • 7. Follow manufacturer's instructions to bake clay pieces in oven on parchment-lined baking sheet. Let cool completely.
  • 8. Apply Chocolate Brown medium onto chair pieces, creating distressed look. Gently rub medium into clay using finger. Let dry.
  • 9. Using tweezers, dip sunglasses in Glossy Glaze; lay flat on wax paper and let dry overnight.
  • 10. Use paintbrush to apply glue onto sandcastle. Sprinkle sandcastle with sand. Let dry.
  • Adirondack Chair Assembly
  • 1. (Note: When gluing pieces together with E-6000 adhesive, follow package instructions for safety. During each step, hold each piece in place for approximately 10 seconds until glue sets and piece doesn't move. After initial setting, promptly remove excess glue from visible areas with a toothpick before glue hardens completely and before moving on to next step. Put a nickle-size dab of E-6000® on dry wax paper to use during assembly, add more as you go if glue starts to dry out.)
  • 2. Using blue poster tack to help hold up pieces while glue sets in next step, prop up pieces A right & left so that front ends are raised about 1/2" from work surface. Apply small amount of glue to both ends of piece B and position inside back end of both A pieces and about 1/2" in from end.
  • 3. Apply glue to upper edge of both A pieces from middle notch all the way to front bottom end.
  • 4. Glue first C piece in front and position so that bottom edge of long side hangs 1/16" past bottom corners of both A pieces. Continue adding other C pieces along upper edge working towards the back.
  • 5. Set piece D inside of middle notch along edge. Set aside.
  • 6. Lay piece E flat, add glue to longest edge of piece F and position perpendicular to one end of E, creating a T shape when looking from the top. Repeat with other E & F pieces. Add glue to the ‘T' shape.
  • 7. While piece E is still laying flat, position edge with glue under piece G about 1/2" from widest end of piece G and keeping top of E flush with longest straight edge.
  • 8. Repeat with other E, F and G pieces, assembling opposite side. Let pieces set until dry.
  • 9. Attach leg (piece E) to foot of chair (piece A) by putting glue on the back middle of piece E (the side without piece F) and positioning 1/2" from front end of piece A. Repeat with other leg.
  • 10. Apply glue to the top of both narrow ends of G pieces and position ends of H on top to create back chair support. (Use anything on hang to keep it propped up so that the glue has a chance to set hard.)
  • 11. Run a strip of glue along front edge of piece H. Starting with middle J piece, apply glue to bottom narrow end and position that end on piece D and press the back middle to rest in glue on edge of piece H.
  • 12. Repeat with other J pieces, ensuring equal spacing between them. Let dry a few hours or overnight.
  • Fabric Tote Bag
  • 1. Sew along both long edges of 5"x2" fabric rectangle, 1/4" from edge. Gather fabric until rectangle is 4"x2". With right side up, use mini-iron to iron stitches. Set aside.
  • 2. With right sides out, fold 7"x1" fabric rectangle in half lengthwise. Iron along fold. Open rectangle, fold each long edge to center (lining up with newly-pressed center crease); iron along both folds.
  • 3. Refold first crease from step 1, keeping last two folds; iron until flat. Cut length in half, creating two 3-1/2"-long rectangles.
  • 4. Cut two 1"-long floral wire lengths. Curl lengths into loops. Glue lengths onto fabric (for straps), wrapping fabric around edges. See photo.
  • 5. For tote bag top, fold 1-1/5"x4" rectangle in half; wrap folded rectangle around wrong side of gathered fabric along ironed creases. Fold entire piece in half widthwise (from right side to right side), lining up raw edges of gathered fabric and third piece; stitch 1/4" from edges leaving top open. Turn right side out.
  • 6. Shape straps into "U" shapes, folding down each end 1/2" from edge.
  • Assembly
  • 1. Add sand into base of terrarium. Apply glue onto bottom of chair, flip-flops, tote bag, or fence. Position items as desired.
  • 2. For dune grass, measure and cut 2"x3" green cardstock rectangle. Cut rectangle into 1/16"-thick strips. Apply glue on end of strip; position strip in sand.