1 Minute Orb Lamp….DIY Tutorial (sorta)

Yes you read the title of this post correctly.  It took me exactly 1 minute to create this cool globe lamp:

Honestly.

No Joke.

I Swear To the Baby Jesus.

This honestly is the simplest DIY project EVER and you have to thank Karen over at The Art of Doing Stuff for the inspiration.  It will actually take me longer to explain how I did the light then it will be for you to do it.

Thus far, the light has proven to be invaluable in my frequent late night trips to the bathroom.  Since adopting Scruffy, those trips have turned into numerous opportunities for me to step on the poor pup.  But alas, thanks to this miracle of miracles, Scruffy will suffer squashed paws no longer.

To complete this project, you will need a glass light fixture, which I picked up at my local junk shop for $3:

You will also need a string of twinkle lights (Christmas lights)…

I used a string of LED white lights I had from my Christmas decorations which ran me $1.99 a string.  I strongly recommend that you do not use a string of regular (non-LED) lights.  I found that the lamp became quite warm by the end of the night when I used the non-LED lights, which could pose a fire hazard down the road.  Better safe then sorry right?

Now to assemble this masterpiece, take your lights and jam them into the glass orb leaving about 6 inches to a foot exposed so you can plug it in. 

And there you have it……

I actually ended up using a very long string of lights because I loved how it looked with the individual lights pushed against the glass.  It reminded me of fireflies in a glass jar.  You can use less lights and have more of an overall soft glow, but I tend to like to go big or go home.

So for $5 and 1 minute of your time, you can create a light sculpture, lamp, glowing glass orb, nightlight….call it what you want but I am going to stick with cool.

Terrarium Redux: Pictorial Tutorial

Last year I decided to make a terrarium and was quite pleased with myself…..

apothecary jars terrariums

And they grew….and grew…and grew……then promptly died.

As I have said before and I will say again, I have not met a plant, living or fake, that I cannot kill.  I am the Terminator when it comes to flora.  With that said, I decided to venture into the world of terrariums one more time but this time with help.

I recently finished a contributing post to Centsational Girl about modern terrariums (which is live today – so click over and check it out).  As part of the post, I interviewed two fantastic ladies who are terrarium experts and from our conversations received some fantastic assistance on how to make my new terrarium better, faster, stronger — sorta like a Bionic Terrarium (insert Six Million Dollar Man and/or Bionic Woman joke here…).

The Supplies: Glass Container/Vessel, Soil, Charcoal, Rocks, Moss & Plants


The Steps:

Select vessel & add rocks for drainage

Add a layer of charcoal over rocks to combat mold, smell & bacteria

Add a layer of moss to help with soil erosion

Dry fit plants to determine placement

Add a layer of soil on top of moss

Add plants and fill in with additional soil, rocks and decorations

Plant Selection:


Notes:

Fancy tool I used to fill in soil around plants

To fill soil around the cacti I made a simple funnel out of a piece of paper.  It allowed me to get soil exactly where I wanted without getting it all over the plants.

Final Product:

I still need to add a layer of decorative rocks/sand and a small memento , but I am quite happy with how it turned out.  I love the shape of the vessel and it was a steal from Marshall’s for only $9.99.  Fingers crossed that this one survives!

Special thanks to Monica Schaefer of Paxton Gates and Bianca D’Amico of Terri Planty for all their insight and assistance!

Fire Bowl Quandary

So I have a dilemma –

I am torn on whether to make my own fire bowl using this piece of pottery I found at a stone/pottery yard….


The bowl itself is 25 in in diameter and $80 thanks to my haggling. To add river rocks, a fire grate and gel insert containers it would be another $80-$100. In total, it would cost $160-$180 to complete this DIY project.

OR……

I could simply buy a prefabricated bowl approximately the same size for about $220 from Amazon.com:

fire bowl
So I need to decide, is saving $50 worth it? After all, this will contain FIRE in some form, so if done incorrectly, there could be repercussions. I would hate to burn something down (aka my house) or worse have someone hurt due to my “burning” need to DIY. But $50 is enough to buy a few final touches for the patio.

Okay, am I just being cheap? What do y’all think?