The East Coast Creative girls are back with what looks like a super simple project that yields some great outdoor ambience. With a few supplies and a little DIY they made a solar powered home terrarium perfect for outdoor use. Please welcome Monica and Jess back to IC.
We love when a DIY project just kind of pops onto our laps. This Solar Terrarium was just that way. We were working on a succulent planter that was really flopping and suddenly came up with this project as a Plan B, and we sure love it!
Lantern from Lowe’s
Scotch Double sided Mounting Tape
Did you see this great project on Pinterest from The Shabby Creek Cottage? I saw it earlier in the week and was so glad I did. It inspired me to grab a few solar lights at Lowes.
Inspired to get creative with the solar lights, we first took the light apart to figure it out.
I had picked up this lantern at Lowe’s a while back and it was perfect to let sunlight shine through the top. They come in black and silver.
We used Scotch double sided mounting tape because we needed it to really stick to the top of the lantern. This is intended for heavy mounting, so it did the trick!
Flip the lantern over to make sure it adheres really well.
All that was left was adding stones and a succulent plant. We even kept the succulent in it’s plastic planter. It’s really that simple! (And what’s a blog post from us without a sweet cheesy picture?)
We dimmed the lights and voila!
Now, you might wonder what we have planned for our Solar Terrarium…
I’m working on a new paver patio and then a DIY outdoor table.
I have visions of 3 or 4 of these lanterns going down the center of the table during a nice evening dinner party! Until then, it’s temporary residence is the accent table on my front porch. It looks so awesome at night!
So for under $10 we have a unique Solar Terrarium that took less than 15 minutes to make. It doesn’t get much better than that!
I have adored, over the years of blogging, seeing all the different alphabet walls in nurseries and playrooms. It adds a little whimsy to the room and, as an added bonus, helps preschool age children learn the alphabet. I wanted in on the action to create an extreme impact on a wall in our playroom. This “alphabet I heart you sign” is four feet by almost five feet! It was a fairly simple project with a whole bunch of Krylon spray paint involved.
There are a billion different ways to create a place for kid’s art. One of the billion ways that was overwhelming me was our kitchen refrigerator. No joke, gives my husband and I at least 10 little gifts a day. Sometimes it is a bite of her treat and most oftentimes, it is a piece she drew or painted. While I want to encourage her artistic ability, my refrigerator was starting to look like an advertising bulletin board. So I decided to make a blank wall in their playroom a magnetic wall to display art.
This is great but I am really interested in the DIY outdoor table as ours bit the dust last year during one of our wicked thunderstorms. Yep safety glass all over the deck and even a little in the pool but thankfully no one was hurt. The only truly serious damage was to the table itself and the umbrella which flew off even though it was down. Yep it ended up in the neighbor’s field. (in all honesty it was pretty amusing..)
Once again a great idea! and to think I have lanterns for this already! Thanks!!
cute….cute…cute…I already have two of the lanterns that I was going to hang out on the deck but now I see a new look to them.
I’m making my DIY table out of Trex decking. I’ll hopefully begin working on it in the next two weeks. Check out our blog next month to see the tutorial! 🙂
Monica and Jess
Sweet Pam! You could even do this and then still hang them! I really love how simple it was to do, but it made a big impact! Good luck!
Monica and Jess
Thanks for the idea. I have a lantern like this a long time ago in my cellar, waiting for some “lightened” idea to use it at home. Wow. That is really nice.
great find on the cheap lantern!