DIY Terrarium…

As some of you know I work in the lighting industry.
It’s not my forever job, but I do love learning
about lighting, & all the options you have
in designing your space.

This project started when
there was an outdoor light that was being thrown
away at my job because it no longer worked.
Makes sense right? Call me a hoarder but
I went and grabbed it from the trash because I had
bigger dreams for this little broken light…

The broken light before….

This project was actually really easy & only involved some
tools, moss, & a cute little birds nest..

 First things first.. I removed the socket by simply
taking off some nuts & bolts.

 Next I had to remove the socket adapter which just
twisted off with ease.

 I filled the light with moss & added a cute little nest with some
eggs that can all be found at your local craft store.

 After screwing the lid back on… there you have it,
your very own DIY terrarium.

A terrarium is a great way to add spring to your decor.

I still have my dried hydrangeas from my hydrangea plants
from last summer… I can’t wait to have some fresh ones again :)

 You can find a very beautiful terrarium at Pottery Barn for a very hight
price {here} but I will take my free terrarium any day..
unless you are buying ;)

Have you made a terrarium before? How did you make it
& what kinds of items did you use?

I love my new DIY terrarium so much.
Not only because it was free, easy, & turned out
so cute, but because it means spring is almost here!
Have you started decorating for spring?
What kind of spring like DIY or Crafts have you done?
I would love to see them.. Link them on the
facebook, tweet them, or comment below!

Talk to you soon!

Liz Marie

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  1. what a cool idea! should have never of thrown out my old outdoor lights!

    • Thank you so much! & yes you should just be a hoarder like me & you can make things like this :) haha I’m a neat freak, but I can’t seem to throw things like this away.

  2. ur so creative!! looks great!

  3. LOVE!!!!

  4. Pam Mattern says:

    Looking for Log cabin decor and lighting. Thanks Liz Marie!

  5. So adorable! And I LOVE your old books too :D

  6. Aww this is so pretty! I love the little nest inside! I just got a really pretty lantern and some reindeer moss at Pottery Barn so maybe that’s what I’ll do with it! I love the idea!

    • Thank so much Maria for your sweet comment… I think that is a fabulous idea! I am going to go look up Reindeer moss on the pottery barn website now, I have not seen it yet. Thanks again for your comment :)

  7. That is so cute! I’m totally going to keep my eye out for broken lamps now. :)

  8. What a clever idea! It is such a great shape! I found you on the Great Blog Hop. I am your newest Linky follower and I added you to my Google + circles to keep up to date on your newest posts! Great job!

  9. Yours looks like PB’s! What a great idea. I love reading blogs, you gals are all so darn creative!

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  11. Nice idea.

  12. Beautiful Liz! I often see these in our Habitat Restore shop…next time I need to pick up one! Even if it’s brass and tatty…I have spray paint!

    • Yes!! That’s a fabulous idea! & spray paint does the trick :) If you end up making one.. send me a pic in email or on the facebook page.. I would love to see it :)

  13. What a great idea! It looks fantastic.

  14. That is sooo cute! I love it!! It’s projects like these that make me want to get into dumpster diving!! LOL! Thanks for the inspiration! (I’m excited for spring too, but it just snowed here today :( )

    Leanne @ Because (I think) I Can

    • Thanks so much Leanne! Yes, it’s so springy here.. I mean it was 80 degrees today & we had our first thunderstorm so it was a huge awakening of spring, but back home I heard there was a huge snow storm last night.. so it’s so crazy to me! It will come soon I promise! & yes, I would loooove to go dumpster diving.. too bad we don’t live closer, it could be our new hobby :)

  15. Wow I always turn down old lighting fixtures at thrift stores and now I’m going to be on the hunt! Thanks for sharing your creative idea. I found you from TT& J weekend party. Great stuff!

    • Thank you so much! & Yes, keep your eye out for them.. Who knows you might know someone who is going to throw their old fixtures away & you can get them for free! Thanks for stopping by!

  16. cute idea using a lamp fixture like that. I’ll be off to restore soon to go find something myself.

  17. Oh my gosh that is AMAZING!!! you are so creative and talented. I never would have thought of that!

    So glad I found your blog to get more great ideas from! New follower from the blog hop :)


    • I’m so glad you found my blog too! Thank you so much for all of your sweet words.. you just made my entire day :) I hope you enjoy all of my other posts as well!

  18. Why you clever cookie! I love it.

  19. Oooohhh, you have the eye!!! That is so cute and such a great idea!!! I can’t wait to see what you will do with it through the seasons!! :)

  20. I would have never have thought to use an outdoor lantern – looks so good and is making me itch for spring!

  21. Ooh I love it! You have such fun creative ideas :) I hope you dont mind, I’m going to link to your post from my blog today – I’ve been thinking about terrariums and really want to try making one! :)

  22. I love how you re-purposed something that is beautiful but non functioning. Into a fabulous piece for the home!

  23. terrific idea my friend. I wrote a post last year about terrariums in cloche . I love yours so much! xo P.S. only two days left to enter the Sweetheart Giveaway :-)

  24. Those are so pretty and cute :)

  25. Lovely idea!!!!

  26. That is the coolest! So clever! I’m heading out to find a light this week. Following you via Google+ now.

  27. I love your terrarium. What a great treasure and the my favorite is that it’s a recycle project. Looks gorgeous.

  28. This turned out so cute! We loved having you link up to “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We hope to have you back again soon!! -The Sisters

  29. This is such a creative idea! Very cool! I would love for you to come share this at my first linky party today! Hope to see you there!

  30. That is such a great use for the outdoor light. I love the color scheme of your accessories.

  31. CherylM. says:

    I’m a new follower and would love to win! Thanks for the chance!

  32. What a great upcycle of something someone else might see as junk! My friend works at a lighting store so I know how pricey even just a simple light like this would be (if it was working). Last year I did a similar vignette with a cloche but I think I like this even better! It’s beautiful and unexpected. Another gorgeous project. There is always so much eye candy on your site!


    Claire @

  33. Hi Liz Marie! Saw this post featured today at Tatertots and Jello and had to drop by and let you know ….Yay!!! I think your DIY is really great! What a beautiful spring touch to your home! I was featured at Tt&J today too, my Reindeer Moss Spheres. I was so excited when one of my readers told me about it :) Swing by my blog to check out my post if you have a chance! Have a terrific weekend!
    Heather @

  34. I just might have 10 r so outdoor lights in my garage…I see terrariums in my future.

  35. Jennifer says:

    So cute – I love this idea! I’ve been wanting one of these but they are so expensive. Now I’m going to look around the house….
    Thanks for the inspiration :)

  36. Wow! I love that! Its great how terrariums can be put in nearly anything. I kind of made something similar except it is with a lamp base…


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