DIY Lightbulb Terrarium Place Cards

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You may remember this idea I posted a a months ago of Crystal’s wedding lightbulb terrarium place cards. Crystal is back to share the instructions on how to make them.

lightbulb terrarium wedding place cards

What you’ll need:
-light bulbs (globe, incandescent, clear)
– tillandsias (the pretty red bromelias): ordered online from here to be delivered 1-2 weeks before wedding
– dry moss
– spray Paint (flat black)
– metal wire
– cardstock for tags
– self adhesive silicone bumpers

lightbulb terrarium placecards

lightbulb terrarium placecard tags

lightbulb terrarium placecards

Step 1. Hollow out light bulbs. The following link is a step-by-step tutorial: http://www.teamdroid.com/diy-hollow-out-a-light-bulb/ (it’s messy and time consuming! get a couple friends to create an ‘assembly line’)

Step 2. Spray paint the cap of the light bulb to flat black for a cleaner look (make sure to tape around the edge of the cap to protect the glass from the spray paint)

Step 3. Print the place cards at home: guest’s name on front and instructions for care of terrarium/tillandsia on the inside. (husband did this with photoshop – i am terrible with photoshop!)

Step 4. Insert the tillandsia and a bit of dry moss into the light bulb. Tillandsia may need to be trimmed to fit through small opening of bulb. (we completed this step 2 days before the wedding with family)

Step 5. Attach silicone bumpers to the bottom of bulb for stability
Step 6. Hole punch place card and secure with metal wire



8 comments
  1. Holly Hatam

    so clever!

  2. lynn

    if only they were bigger terrariums…

  3. Corrine @Buds and Blooms

    That is a seriously cool idea!

  4. Sarah

    I bet you could put other kinds of plants inside and hang them on a chain at different lengths, it would make a cute decoration.

  5. Lauren

    And you could improvise and use other nik naks instead of plants so the idea can be used for other parties ! genuis

  6. Cat

    these are a great idea!

  7. Hayden

    I am interested in doing this for my wedding…(it’s in an art exhibit where the exhibit theme will be “Chandeliers and other luminous objects.” So, basically anything light emitting. These would be such a perfect accent. If you don’t mind me asking and if you remember, about how much did you end up spending per terrarium? If i’m not interested in having it actually be a true terrarium, what else would you recommend putting in the bulbs and how far out do you recommend putting the plants in them?

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