A little life in your lightbulb!

Written by Bethany Kogut

This past weekend I decided to make an increasingly popular decoration, a terrarium. While I was looking for ideas on how to make mine unique, I stumbled across a great way to use recycled lightbulbs as the vase for a terrarium.I was very interested, but at the time  was looking to make a larger terrarium. I plan to make this little guy in the future! A lightbulb terrarium calls for a small amount of hardware including a flat head screwdriver and pliers.

The most challenging part seems to be removing the filament from the inside of the lightbulb because it is so fragile. This can be done in a few quick, but careful steps:

  1. Remove the metal top of the light bulb with pliers
  2. Use a small screwdriver to remove the back portion of the light bulb. It is okay if this park breaks, you won’t need it later.
  3. After all of the black glass is removed, break off the small, clear tube from the inside of the lightbulb with pliers.
  4. Then use a large screwdriver to break the rest of the filament. You will need to use pliers to remove all of the pieces once it is broken. It may help to keep the light bulb upright so all of the small pieces fall through the hole.
  5. Finally, tap the outside of the lightbulb to make sure that all of the pieces of the filament has fallen through.

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For more detailed instructions, watch this video on how to hollow out a lightbulb.

Now that the lightbulb has been hollowed you can begin to plant your terrarium! First, add a few pebbles gently into the light bulb to cover about two inches of the bottom. Then drop in a small amount of moss or an air plant, your choice.

For more pictures and information on planting in your lightbulb visit this article. I hope these little guys can add some life to your home! Happy Planting!


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