Solar Powered Terrarium6
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!

Solar Powered Terrarium

Solar Light
Succulent Plant
Lantern from Lowe’s
Scotch Double sided Mounting Tape
River Rocks
outdoor terrarium
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.
solar light fixture
Inspired to get creative with the solar lights, we first took the light apart to figure it out.
solar light
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.
lowes black lantern
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!
taped solar light
Flip the lantern over to make sure it adheres really well.
attaching light to solar terrarium
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?)

outdoor terrarium

We dimmed the lights and voila!

Solar Light DIY
Lantern Transformation

solar lantern

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!

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  1. 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!!

  2. 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.

  3. Hi Peggy!
    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

  4. 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.

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