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Wine Bottle Terrarium - Great for homes, offices, studios alike! Answered

Well, i must say, the internet has been rather slow of late, and i have not found anything good to share with you all for a while.

Im not a massive fan of gardens, or plant life, i have a few almost dead cacti on my window sill..

However, this great idea has got me thinking, and would be ideal for my home, or in the studio at work.

Firstly, i love the idea of recycling the glass bottle, a clear bottle is recommended, but apparently the smokey ones do work also.

The main bulk of plant life is in moss form. Which i think gives it kinda a mini landscape look.
I would make a full instructable, but there is not alot to it (push moss into bottle). I also have enough projects awaiting write up!

I would love to see any pictures if anyone manages one.

Via, Lifehacker
The original can be found at Dr Vino
Inspired by the work of Paula Hayes

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mandeep_manocha

3 years ago

That's mine. Very difficult to insert plant delicately

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LinuxH4x0r

9 years ago

I was planing on making a similar moss garden using an old light fixture. Hope to have it make sometime this week....

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gmjhoweLinuxH4x0r

Reply 9 years ago

Nice, i look forward to it, i have this long chemistry condenser i was planning to work on, maybe a collab? Im not sure where to get some moss from..

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LinuxH4x0rgmjhowe

Reply 9 years ago

Definately! A collab would be awesome. I get mine from a small river that flows down through the mountains about 10 miles from here.

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gmjhoweLinuxH4x0r

Reply 9 years ago

We have some woods round the corner, i might grab some. We can talk about it in the room later.

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=SMART=gmjhowe

Reply 9 years ago

I was thinking of making one too, i could help with the collab

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gmjhoweLinuxH4x0r

Reply 9 years ago

Look what i found at work! GIANT LIGHT BULB! Over 11" long.

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yinyang101gmjhowe

Reply 6 years ago

that's a huge one! I wonder what will Edison say if he's still alive :D

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LinuxH4x0rgmjhowe

Reply 9 years ago

Sweet! I have one of those (but not accessible ): )

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hamed.bamdad

6 years ago

it's nice. but how do you cut the tall plants??!

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PlayPatterns

9 years ago

This is really cool- I wonder if you could make a sealed biosphere using the same idea.

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shantr0n

9 years ago

Ah, I love this!

I have loads (more like two) of old mason jars and a glass vase that I really would love to use like this, with the addition of some pet snails I really want to get =)

Except..I'm really unsure of how to do it & there isn't a good instructable on how to make a snail habitat =( Not to mention I live in suburbia and don't know where to get my hands on some straight up moss.

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gmjhoweshantr0n

Reply 9 years ago

Well, me and a few others were planning on doing an instructable on it. Maybe one thing we should cover is where to find moss in suburbia!

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shantr0ngmjhowe

Reply 9 years ago

Definitely! I'm gonna keep an eye out for this ;)

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Kiteman

9 years ago

A few years ago, some of my science clubbers decided to make a sealed environment. They were quite slap-dash about it, shoving moss, grass, soil, water from the school pond, a handful of snails and woodlice into a large sweet-jar laying on its side. They put the lid on, sealed it with tape and left it on a windowsill. The content of the jar changed - grass sprouted and died back, different kinds of moss took dominance, and there was a small, short-lived explosion in the leech population - but it remained live and viable for about eight months before it got knocked off the windowsill and broken.

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gmjhoweKiteman

Reply 9 years ago

yeah i have seen, and thought about something like that before, i think a moss bottle is a good place to start, and if all goes well, i could create one like that.

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benthekahngmjhowe

Reply 9 years ago

You should add in some insects such as beetles to turn the oxygen into carbon dioxide.

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gmjhowebenthekahn

Reply 9 years ago

Well, i have no need for that with one of these bottles, its essentially a fancy type green house, open to the environment, not sealed.

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benthekahngmjhowe

Reply 9 years ago

True. It would be fun to make a totally sealed one though.

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chinnerz

9 years ago

i did something like this in yr 4... i think :S (ahh long time back), micro environment. we used 3 1L milk cartons and taped them together. we then made a window in each bottle and filled it with dirt worms and the dirtiest water we could find (only a little bit) on the top we had snails and other beetles. cant remember the plants but i think we may have used grass and moss from random rocks. the result... after 2 weeks the carton leaked and was chucked out ( aww sad face ) but i would like to see what happens

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KentsOkay

9 years ago

Cool!! I've always been putting moss in bottles.

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n8man

9 years ago

My question is... HOW DO YOU KILL A CACTUS!?!?!?!? If you figure it out, you should post an ible on it.

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gmjhowen8man

Reply 9 years ago

There not dead yet... But if they die, i will be sure to post an instructable about it.

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n8mangmjhowe

Reply 9 years ago

Oooooh, I would like to see how you tortured them.

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Tool Using Animal

9 years ago

And we come full circle, as it was the accidental discovery of some ferns growing in a bottle by a Dr.Ward that led to the invention of the Wardian Case, which of course ushered in the age of the Victorian Plant Hunters.

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gmjhoweTool Using Animal

Reply 9 years ago

Haha! Thats a great little fact! I personally have some old chemistry equipment i intend to try this with.