Introduction: $8 Betta Fish & Flower Vase
This is a great gift idea that costs only $8! Thats right! Everyone who has seen my vase has wanted one and they are super simple to make!
You will need:
- *1* Betta Fish $2.99 Petco
- Peace Lily $3.99 Safeway
- Vase $1.00 Dollar Tree
- Stones or colored marbles $1.00 Dollar Tree
- Blue Gatorade $1.00 Dollar Tree
*Note* Betta Fish fight to the death. Only one per vase. Also. Don't cross them.
*Note* Blue Gatorade is the best flavor
*Note* Glacier Freeze is not blue Gatorade. Glacier Freeze is a mountain flavor.
Step 1: Wash You Stuff
Wash your rocks / marbles and your vase! Who knows what kind of chemicals have been in there! The rocks and the vase should be clean so that your fish is happy and healthy!
Gently place some stones / marbles at the bottom of the vase. Don't drop them in. It could break your vase!
Now fill up your Vase a little bit with some lukewarm water to for your fish.
Step 2: Clean Your Peace Lily
Clean off all the dirt from your Peace lily. This can be done with a hose. Massage the roots gently as you spray the dirt away. Take your time and be patient. The cleaner it is the happier you will be in the long run. Trust me it is worth the extra effort to get every little piece of dirt you can.
Step 3: Create Your Plant Holder.
Take your Gatorade. Chug it. This is the only way your project will be successful. *Important* Robots should use caution with this step.
Now we will form the rock catcher at the top of the vase. This will hold the plant, the rocks, and positions your plant how you like it.
After washing out your Gatorade bottle tip the bottle upside down and put it in your vase to see where the best place to cut your bottle is. This should be about 1.5 - 2.0 inches but it really does not matter as long as it does not come over the vase. Mark it with a black sharpie as I have done in the picture. Now cut it off with some scissors. Also be sure to off the top part right below the orange band to make it look good. If done right it should look like the second picture. I used some heavy duty scissors and a little saw.
Step 4: Put It All Together
1. Pour your fish in the vase
2. Put your Gatorade rock catcher at the top of your vase so it fits snug.
*Optional* You can buy water drops for your betta fish.
*Optional* Don't be afraid to trim the roots back if they are too long. Don't worry they will grow back!
3. Slip your plant into the vase through your rock catcher.
4. After it is snug and where you want it add rocks to help position the plant upright.
5. Fill in any extra water needed, but keep a little tiny bit of air at the bottom so that the water can get a some oxygen.
*Note* Make sure you feed your fish.
Congratulations Human or Robot you have done it! I really hope you enjoyed my Instructable!