Craft Your Indoor Garden: How to Make a Small Plant Terrarium Light Bulb

Crafted small terrarium light bulb

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If you're itching to add a touch of green magic to your living space, you're in the right place. In this step-by-step guide, we'll show you how to transform a simple light bulb into a stunning plant terrarium. Imagine the allure of bringing the outdoors inside, creating a miniature ecosystem that not only adds aesthetic charm to your surroundings but also introduces a living, breathing element to your home decor. Let’s get started!

You need
  • Pipette
  • Carpenter’s pincers
  • Small plants (moss, succulents or any other of your preference)
  • Gravel
  • Light Bulb
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter

Let's go - step by step

Video instructions

Step 1 8

Preparing the Light Bulb

Cutting the filament of a lightbulb.

For this initial step, arm yourself with the Dremel 3000 and Cutting Disc (SC456DM). With precision and finesse, delicately cut the top part of the light bulb. This initial step lays the groundwork for your terrarium project, ensuring the top is precisely cut to serve as the secure lid for your botanical masterpiece later on. Take care with each cut, as the accuracy now will play a pivotal role in the functionality and aesthetic appeal of your finished terrarium.

Step 2 8

Now Drill!

Drilling the inside of the light bulb.

In this step, you'll need the Glass Drilling Bit (662) paired with your Dremel 3000. This specialized bit plays a crucial role in creating space within the light bulb, facilitating access for the tweezers to effectively clean any remaining filament remnants. This process is not only about clearing away residual material but also about preparing the bulb for the upcoming stages of your terrarium creation.

Step 3 8

Cleaning the Bulb

Cleaning the inside of the bulb with tweezers.

Now that the light bulb has been skilfully opened, it's time to proceed with the meticulous cleaning process. Armed with tweezers, delicately remove the filament, ensuring every trace is carefully extracted, leaving the bulb's interior pristine and ready for the next phase of your terrarium project. Take your time during this step to guarantee that the bulb is free from any remnants, providing a clean canvas for the natural beauty that will soon inhabit it.

Step 4 8

Secure it

Putting Glue on the outside of the bulb.

Enter the Glue Gun (930) and apply glue to the outer surface of the light bulb. Its role becomes pivotal as this touch ensures that your light bulb finds a secure spot. The glue application is not merely functional; it's a strategic move to stabilize the bulb, providing a solid foundation.

Step 5 8

Adding the Base Layer

Adding gravel and plants to the light bulb terrarium.

Now, shift your focus to the bottom of the light bulb. Here, a thin layer of gravel acts as the groundwork for your terrarium's base. This layer provides stability for the plants you'll introduce shortly, offering a secure foundation for your mini ecosystem. Whether you opt for the hardy allure of succulents or the delicate charm of moss, the choice of flora brings a distinctive personality to your terrarium.

Step 6 8

Create a Self-Sufficient Ecosystem

Adding water droplets to the light bulb terrarium.

Elevate your terrarium into a self-sufficient ecosystem by introducing water droplets with a pipette. This step not only adds a touch of realism but also creates a harmonious balance reminiscent of larger natural environments, where water plays a crucial role in sustaining life.

Step 7 8

Securing the Lid

Securing the lid of the light bulb with glue.

To bring your terrarium to completion, return to the Glue Gun (930). Apply glue to the top of the light bulb, securely fastening the lid. This final step ensures the stability of your mini ecosystem while providing an unobstructed view of the intricate world within.

Step 8 8


Crafted home decorative terrarium in a light bulb.

Congratulations! You've successfully transformed a simple light bulb into a captivating terrarium—an artistic blend of craftsmanship and nature that adds a touch of enchantment to your home. Aside from being a personalised home decor, the terrarium makes for a thoughtful and living gift. Customize it based on the recipient's taste—choose specific plants, colours, or themes.

 Ideally, choose a standard incandescent bulb for optimal clarity. Ensure it's free from coatings to showcase your terrarium effectively.

Watering frequency depends on the chosen plants. Aim to keep the soil moist without becoming waterlogged.

Absolutely! Experiment with various plants to create a diverse and visually appealing mini ecosystem.

 Yes, it makes for a thoughtful and personalised gift. Consider incorporating the recipient's favourite plants for an extra special touch.

While some light is beneficial, avoid direct sunlight to prevent overheating. Opt for indirect or filtered light for the best results.