For my Dad’s birthday in November I wanted to get him something completely different. Do you ever feel like Dad’s don’t really need anything? Women like things. Dad’s though…I mean yes always the shirt, a tech gadget, golf gift, slippers.
Well, what about a light bulb terrarium? My dad works at a lighting company. All things light bulbs are what he loves. He’s not always out in the field though, spends a lot of time in his office so I figured this was the perfect gift. I Googled around for some tutorials and only found a few that I felt were really great. This is the one that I used.
Al gutted the light bulb, and if you decided to do this at home definitely do it in a shoe box or some sort of box, because one of our bulbs shattered when doing this step.
I used sand from a beach that I had and then bought some small rocks and moss at A.C. Moore.
This was a tricky project to photograph while doing, so I apologize for the lack of some photos. To insert the sand and rocks into the light bulb I made a funnel type shape out of a small piece of paper and then slowly poured each into the bulb. I poured the sand first and then the rocks.
I used a chopstick to put the moss in the light bulb and move it around into place. Here’s the final outcome.
I became a little obsessed with terrariums and I have plans to make a large one for our living room. Dad liked it too and he did actually put it on his desk. Probably because I harassed him to take it to work and BE CAREFUL driving it.
Nothing like displaying a nice homemade craft in your office…from your 26-year-old daughter. Al and I had a joke that this is what would happen when a co-worker saw it on Dad’s desk: “That’s great, where’d you get that?” Dad: “Oh my daughter made it.” Co-worker: “Awww, what grade is she in.” Dad: “She’s 26.”
We find ways to humor ourselves. You guys should try this out though, it’s so nice and green and cheery. And you can use any jar you’d like, doesn’t have to be a light bulb!