How to Make an Easy DIY Terrarium Lamp Using a Mason Jar

8 Materials
2 Hours

Stacy from Not Just a Housewife created a cute terrarium lamp using , a bunch of green terrarium plants and a large jar with a wood lid.
Using a paddle bit that same size as one of the rubber adapters from , drill a hole in the center of the lid.
Assemble the bottle lamp kit to add into the base, through the hole drilled in the center of the jar lid. Add the rubber adapter to the threaded rod and then add the washer.
I painted my base to give it a nice natural color. I then added the pre-assembled socket to my lamp base.
After I assembled the socket base, I started working on the actual terrarium. I used a large glass jar which I filed with rocks for drainage and charcoal.
I added gravel and slowly added the tiny plants. Voila, this is now a terrarium.
With my terrarium and lamp base ready, all I needed was a drum shade. I used a roll of and a curtain.
 Building your own lampshade is a lot easier than you might expect. It takes about an hour to make a drum shade from scratch, and most of that is waiting for the glue to dry. You can see a step-by-step tutorial on how to make a drum shade .

To make the drum shade

  1. Peel off the protective layer on the and insert it into the styrene cylinder. Use a couple more clips to secure it in place. Add the glue to the fabric and fold it over the ring.
  2. Use the molding stick to tuck the fabric up under the ring.
  3. Use the clips to hold it in place until the glue has dried. Once the glue has dried for a bit, repeat the process with the bottom wire ring.
  4. When both rings are glued in place, glue along the seam.
And here we go - a beautiful DIY terrarium lamp.
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2 questions
  • Cathy Taulbee-Barber
    Cathy Taulbee-Barber
    on Mar 28, 2019

    where do you place your cord for electric?

  • Birdz of a Feather
    Birdz of a Feather
    on Mar 28, 2019

    This is obviously a working lamp. If so, water and electricity don’t mix. Was the kit used specifically made for this purpose? Do you need to water and if do, how without risk of electrocuting yourself?

    • Sarah Arnold
      Sarah Arnold
      on Apr 1, 2019

      If you look at the picture of the lamp kit, the wire exits out of the side of the socket so it is above the jar.

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  • Dina
    on Jan 18, 2018

    Very inspiring! Never came across this idea before! Kudos
  • Brenda
    on Mar 29, 2019

    Very clever, going to give this a try! Thx

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