Wednesday, March 24, 2010

You Can Have a "Secret Garden" of Your Own!

Sometimes I enjoy life in "miniature". My collections include pretty bottles of buttons, jars filled with tiny button-size sea shells from a Maui beach, and a glass container of dice of various sizes and colors. And, of course, bottles of more buttons. So this past weekend when my daughter brought me this tiny terrarium she made from a light bulb I was tickled with its tiny form and beauty.

Daughter found instructions online to take apart a burned out light bulb. (She advises you wear gloves and safety glasses and follow instructions here.)

Once the bulb has been cleaned it is an easy (ahem!) process to layer gravel, charcoal, and plants. In this case a tiny bird has been added to the scene.

While this light bulb terrarium is as tiny and as cute as can be, remember that you can use any kind of glass container of any size to create a terrarium of your own. Check here or google to find good terrarium instructions.

They really are rather simple to make and so delightful to the eye. For a kid project, select a larger jar with an opening large enough for them to handle with ease. Terrariums can be any size and shape but whatever container you choose, they're Fun!

Be prepared to enjoy a summer garden scene weeks before summer gets here!

Have fun!


Gregg said...

That is an excellent idea! That is also my idea of a garden. I for one (a minority I am sure) thank God for Joe Albertson's Supermarket that He allows the produce guy to run, because I don't want to do the work that a garden takes.

But this is ingenious. I could have a garden sitting right on my desk.

Thank you for sharing that!

Twain12 said...

great idea and adorable

Jessica {The Novice Chef} said...

This is adorable! Great idea!

Debby said...

How dear is that? Just adorable!

melissa said...

That terrarium is adorable, and right in my line. I have a weakness for those tiny cactus at hardware stores, so this appeals to me.

Thanks for the links as well.

Btw, hope your day is a good one. Bless you, friend.

Marydon Ford said...

How absolutely darling & clever! TY for sharing.

Happy Easter!
Have a great day.
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Kelly said...

What a precious little terrarium!! I remember my mother making a terrarium when I was little girl, but it was larger than this and not nearly as cute.

Glenda said...

Love this idea! You have a very creative daughter! Wonder where she got that trait?!

Marian S. said...

My girls are inspired to make one! I remember doing this back in a high school botany class. Thanks for the post and pics.

Debra said...

'Member way back in the 70's when these were all the rage? And of course you had to talk to your plants....This is VERY cute. You have put the bug in my bonnet to copy it!