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Grab your kiddos and create a magical underwater world they'll love. With just a few materials, they'll have a fish eye view of life under the sea. Best of all, no up keep required.

Here's what you need:

  • 8-inch glass bubble bowl
  • 2 to 3 Tillandsia plants
  • Paper to form cone for filling bowl with layers of sand
  • Colored Sand
  • Scissors and Tape
  • Under-the-sea Cut Out Sheet FREE PRINTABLE >>
  • Toothpicks


  1. Begin by laying the sea floor. Fill the bottom of the bowl with approximately an inch or two inches of sand.
  2. Form a cone with a piece of paper and begin layering the colored sand and alternating colors.
  3. Cut out your favorite under-the-sea creatures and tape them to the large toothpick. Click here for FREE PRINTABLE >>
  4. Add 2-3 Tillandsia plants, shells and sea creatures to complete and underwater world.
  5. Water Tillandsia by misting it 2-4 times a week with a water bottle. Never leave them in standing water.

A little about Tillandsia plants: There are about 500 different species of tillandsia and the best known is the Spanish moss that gracefully hangs from oak trees throughout the South. Tillandsia is part of the bromeliad family and is sometimes divided into grey-leaved air plants and green-leaved terrestrial plants. All tillandsia are naturally epiphytic air plants that grow by clinging to trees and extracting excess moisture from the air. Tillandsias prefer to be mounted or placed on a solid surface that does not retain water. Try glueing it or using chicken wire to put into place. Don't cover the base of the plant with moss or dirt as it may rot. Tillandsia can be grown on almost any imaginable decorative mount, including shells, rocks, slate, driftwood, etc. We like placing them in glass orbs and hanging them in windows for a green element in the house. To water, simply mist 2-4 times a week with a water bottle. Never leave them standing in water.

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