Are you tired of house plants needing too much attention to keep them going? Well you can make a light bulb terrarium that requires no maintenance, and still looks great for years to come. Just follow these easy steps and you can make a terrarium of your own.
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Step 1: Materials
The things you will need are.
- Eye and hand protection
- One clear light bulb
- A sheet of paper or a plastic funnel
Step 2: Opening the Light Bulb (eye and Hand Protection Needed)
Next, you will break the black insulation on the top of the light bulb with pliers. You might have to pull out the silver bit on the top first. After that break the glass structure inside with the screw diver, and shack out the glass into a garbage bin. ( I'm very sorry I don't have any pictures for this step.)
Step 3: Collecting Items for Your Terrarium
Now it is time to gather the things you want in your terrarium. You will need...
- moss or small plants with roots
Step 4: Adding Gravel
Shape your paper into a funnel shape that fits into your light bulb, or just use a plastic funnel if you have one. Use this to slowly add in a small layer of gravel to your bulb.
Step 5: Adding Dirt
Now it is time to add the dirt. You can funnel that in or if your dirt is very wet, you can smoosh it into little balls and put those in. Add a layer a little bigger than the gravel.
Step 6: Adding Plants
Next, you'll add in the plants. Put them in any arrangement you want, just make sure that plants with roots have their roots in the dirt. You can arrange the plants with your tweezers until there just how you want them because you can't move the plants after the bulb is sealed.
Step 7: Adding Water
To add water to your terrarium just squirt water in the bulb with a syringe or pipette. The amount of water will vary depending on the size of your bulb and how wet your soil is. You will probably need to add more than I have in the image just because my soil was very wet when I added it.
Step 8: Sealing Your Terrarium
Sealing your tarrium is very easy. I shaved down a cork, and put it in the hole, and sealed it with hot glue. You could use a stick or really anything so long as you seal it so no air can escape.
Step 9: Making a Stand
For a stand, I bent a clothes hanger into a stand to hold my terrarium and secured it with hot glue. You can use a rock, craft foam, or pretty much anything as long as it looks good to you.
Step 10: Labeling
You can label the day you stared the terrarium with tape or a sharpie to see how long your plants have lived without getting water.
Step 11: Finish
On the left you will see another terrarium I made two years ago and it is still going strong. After a few months, you might see your plants dying, but don't get discouraged because the dead plants will decompose making co2 for the other plants. Think of it as the circle but for plants, or a winter season.
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