Light bulb terrariums- a tutorial

I saw these amazing light bulb terrarium favors in Crystal and Troy’s wedding featured on Ruffled. Their whole wedding was filled to the brim with DIY goodness! These place cards/favors jumped out at me a perfect way to thank guests at any fall celebration.

Crystal, the lovely new bride and is here today sharing with us the instructions for making these place cards/favors.

(Top photos by Dreambox Photography)

Light bulb terrarium tutorial

Light bulb terrarium materials:
Light bulbs  (globe, incandescent, clear), Tillandsias, dry moss, spray Paint (flat black), metal wire, stationary, self adhesive silicone bumpers.

Light bulb terrarium process:

  • Hollow out light bulbs, a great online tutorial on how to do this can be found HERE. We ended up having a ‘light bulb breaking party’ with a few friends that made the process easier.
  • Some light bulb brands are easier to ‘break’ then others (do not use SATCO brand) this can be a time saver if you have a ton of bulbs. Make sure to wear safety goggles!
  • Spray paint the cap of the light bulb to flat black for a cleaner look
  • Use Tillandsias to fill the terrariums, affordable ones can be found HERE. Order them about a week before the event.
  • Print the place cards at home; guest’s name on front and instructions for care of terrarium on the inside. Here is our version for inspiration…

  • Finally assemble the terrarium with a bit of moss and a Tillandsia (you may need to trim to fit through the small opening); attach the silicone bumpers on the bottom for stability.
  • Hole-punch place card and secured with metal wire.

blessings.

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Posted September 14, 2010
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14 Responses to “Light bulb terrariums- a tutorial”

  1. Stephanie says:

    These are awesome. How fun does a light bulb breaking party sound??

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  3. Anneliese says:

    Amazing idea and tutorial. Really over-the-top great! I can only imagine the wedding…I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Chamonix says:

    Love this idea! We’ve included one of your photos in our latest post @ No Impact Bride.
    Hope you don’t mind.

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    Thanks,
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