DIY lamp to terrarium

I found this old hanging lamp for $2 at a thrift store. I thought about cleaning it up and hanging it–I love the geometric shape. But then the idea of a terrarium came to mind and I got inspired! I’ve seen some beautiful terrariums around town–like these¬†and this one.

DIY lamp to terrarium2We have a Goodwill Outlet in town and where all donations go before the hit the other Goodwill Stores. They open it to the public and if you’re willing to dig through bins, you can find some pretty amazing things for very low prices.

DIY lamp to terrarium lisa leonard-02-2This is how the lamp looked when I carried it out to my car. It was dusty and definitely has a nineties vibe.

DIY lamp to terrarium lisa leonard-01-2I removed all the hardware {I cut through the electrical cord}. It came apart easily. I threw away all the other parts and kept the glass shade.

DIY lamp to terrarium lisa leonard-03After a good bath in hot soapy water, I dried the shade well and then cleaned the glass with glass cleaner.

DIY lamp to terrarium lisa leonard-04I put some rocks on the bottom, then succulent soil and took a few clippings from other succulents I have.

DIY lamp to terrarium lisa leonard-05I also added an aqua stone. I seriously can’t believe how pretty it looks. And it was only $2!

DIY lamp to terrarium lisa leonard-02I gave the terrarium to a dear friend. Now I’m on the hunt to find similar hanging lamps so I can create more. How fun is this? The whole project took about an hour. I think terrariums might be my new obsession.


  1. That’s a great idea! Wishing I had kept an old grape looking light fixture we replaced. Also I love your rug. Where is it from?

  2. I have those identical lamps outside of my Inn! Seems like a coincidence, but there’s no such thing as a coincidence.
    I bought your sunburst ring after looking at it for such a long time. The sun represents my dad, who I believe is always shining down on me. The ring is beautiful. When I read your story the ring means even more to me. Thank you!

  3. Wow – what a great idea! My mom and dad volunteer with Habitat for Humanity fixing up houses and they are always repurposing things that were bound for the dumpster. I’ll have to tell them to keep an eye out for something like this.

  4. I’ve been thinking a lot about making a terrarium myself Lisa, I think this is my sign to just do it! Thank you for your inspiration by sharing your beautiful terrarium! So Creative!

  5. I love this terrarium so much. Your creativity is always inspiring!
    Do you mind sharing where your coffee table is from?

  6. Wow – what a great idea! It looks amazing. Isn’t it so rewarding when you find something so inexpensive that can be re-purposed or restored? I love it!

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