DIY Vintage Light Cover Terrariums

Posted by on Mar 26, 2013 in moss, thrift store | 25 comments

I have a fairly green thumb when it comes to outdoor plants.

But, I am the Grim Reaper of indoor plants.

Most greenery that makes it into my house comes by way of

fake moss,

fake grasses,

and anything else of the fake variety.

I have seen terrariums.

And, admired them.

How to make a Terrarium @ DaisyMaeBelle

Supplies for a DIY Terrarium @ DaisyMaeBelle

Had I known that the supply list could be picked up at Home Depot:

Cactus Soil


Sheet Moss

A Variety of Succulents

Supplies for a DIY Terrarium @ DaisyMaeBelle

Saran Wrap (only if your container has a hole in the bottom)

And, another stop by the thrift store for vintage ceiling light covers.

DIY Terrarium @ DaisyMaeBelle

Had I known that all it required was about 1″ of pebbles in the bottom of the container.

DIY Terrarium @ DaisyMaeBelle

Followed by an interesting collection of succulents.

DIY Terrarium @ DaisyMaeBelle

And, then soil around the plants.

Pressing the soil down lightly making sure that there were no air pockets.

Terrarium Using Vintage Light Covers @ DaisyMaeBelle

Then, topping with sheet moss.

Terrarium Using Vintage Light Covers @ DaisyMaeBelle

Had I known how simple they were.

Just requiring a few mists of water each week.

Terrarium Using Vintage Light Covers @ DaisyMaeBelle

Had I known how beautiful the foliage was.

Easy DIY Terrarium @ DaisyMaeBelle

Had I known how quickly one could be assembled.

Easy DIY Terrarium @ DaisyMaeBelle

I would have had one a long time ago!

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  1. I love your terrariums! I want to make one for the sunroom and then fulfill a lifelong dream of keeping a houseplant alive!

  2. Very pretty, aren’t succulents great? Love the variety you got. The containers are great, perfect. Especially love the bubbly light cover one. (love your metal bird/branch lamp)
    We brought hens/chicks with us from KY, those babies are outside and they’re still alive after almost 9 yrs even thru the winter, they seem to hibernate.
    Saw the light cover terrarium at a thrift store and I wondered what I could do with it, duh, I didn’t get it. Kicking myself. Loved the shape of it. The thrift stores here are quite pricey so to make my millions last longer I have to be more discriminate in how I spend. Wishing you and yours a very happy Easter and Spring

  3. Very creative and very pretty!!

  4. this is so smart! i love this idea!!!

  5. Love this!!! You always have beautiful creative ideals … Hugs. Stop by the. Rusty pearl when u can …. Hugs

  6. Such a creative idea! Wishing you a Happy Easter!


  7. These are wonderful.
    I am thinking the container/planters will be endless…
    Thanks for sharing.

  8. Aren’t you creative. Love this idea and you are recycling too.

  9. Platinum idea!

  10. I love the idea of using the old light covers. I have seen many terrariums but the idea of vintag-ing it up is fabulous.

  11. Great upcycled containers to use for terrariums. You might enjoy my Miniature Miniature Terrairums Come stop by Collective Sunday when you have time, add your post.
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  12. So sweet, I love them!

  13. I would have never thought of this if I had lived 1000 years ~ awesome repurposing.

  14. Great tutorial- and using an old light fixture-Genius! I struggle with plants too – the grim reaper of indoor plants!- I laughed out loud!

  15. Oh how lovely, what a beautiful terrarium. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  16. Beautiful! I love that you used vintage light covers. Have a great week.

  17. Adorable! Love the idea of using light cover! Wish I had thought of that 😉

  18. This is gorgeous! I’d love for you to share this at my link party:

  19. Clever, thrifty and oh so pretty! I love succulents!

  20. I love this terrarium … and I love even more that you used a vintage light fixture! I featured you at the Project Inspire{d} link party tonight:

  21. SO cute! Thanks for sharing, great minds do think alike 🙂 I need to find that cactus soil mix and make a similar succulent planter

  22. Those are adorable!!!! What a fantastic idea of using those vintage light covers. I hope i can get like those here in our place. I would definitely try this one. Thanks for sharing this!

  23. I’ve had some light covers laying around that don’t fit any of my lights and have been wondering what to do with them, this is just the perfect answer. These are so beautiful, I can’t wait to get started!

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