I have 5-gallon glass water bottle lamps circa 1978...

I have always had silk flower arrangements in each one but want something different. Any suggestions? No shells please!!!
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  • Jill Feigelman Jill Feigelman on Nov 06, 2014
    Would you want to decorate the lamps for the holidays? I like the ideas of setting up a winter scene in the bottles. Playing off of this idea: http://www.hometalk.com/2422662/decorating-in-vases-to-create-a-christmas-glass-vignette-and-snow Also do you have a picture of the lamps to share so others can share their ideas?
  • Jill Feigelman Jill Feigelman on Nov 06, 2014
    Glass beads might be nice then?
  • Myst Myst on Nov 07, 2014
    Try silk greenery and may a small plastic type monkey or animal. Don't go with a child's toy but find something lifelike. Or you could find some silk bromeliad's!
  • Marlene Haigh Marlene Haigh on Nov 07, 2014
    i painted mine with artificial snow for xmas
  • Naomi J Naomi J on Nov 07, 2014
    I made mine into a terrarium. It has a hole cut in the side big enough to get my hand in for designing and watering.
  • Jennifer Broderick Jennifer Broderick on Nov 07, 2014
    We turned ours into a one of a kind fish tank :)
  • Denise Robbins Denise Robbins on Nov 07, 2014
    Use etching and put your initials dB or a saying on them.
  • Mssmatch Mssmatch on Nov 07, 2014
    I don't know about jungle but I am a matchbook collector and I filled mine with old matchbooks from the '40's
  • Nita line Nita line on Nov 07, 2014
    Make it a lamp
  • Beth Beth on Nov 07, 2014
    Fill with corks from wine bottles. Or seed pods such as the ones on oak trees.
  • Swan Road Designs Swan Road Designs on Nov 07, 2014
    Since they are probably easy to un-cap and we're so close to the holidays, why not fill them with pine cones, colorful purchased leaves, and acorns for Thanksgiving. Then, for Christmas, gently fill them with some of your more sentimental and fragile ornaments. As for the rest of the year, look around your home and see what colors you seem to radiate to and what things/subjects interest you. Go from there. Perhaps there are some cherished keepsakes that would better be displayed by securing them in the large jars and still allow others to appreciate them. I collect old sewing implements/spools/buttons and have a 5-gallon jar filled with old wooden spools, most with thread still on, all in assorted sizes. It's beautiful and I'm now thinking of sewing some of my collected buttons onto a fabric shade to compliment the base of the lamp. Just look around you and see where inspiration strikes. And, best of all, you have a canvas you can change any time you like.
    • Sherri Sherri on Nov 07, 2014
      @Swan Road Designs I like your idea. Would love to see a picture of yours, especially when you've done the lampshade!
  • Khonstanze Khonstanze on Nov 07, 2014
    create a tiny fairy (or mouse, etc) habitat using artificial greenery and lots of imagination.
  • Duv310660 Duv310660 on Nov 07, 2014
    I personally would put in a fish - a temperate one that does not require aeration or heat. A small goldfish or a beta (siamese fighting fish - keep water level low, perhaps 1/2 depth of the bottle. Regularly tip out a portion of the water and add fresh to keep clean; this way you avoid having to remove the fish and do a major cleanup.
  • Susan Cryor Susan Cryor on Nov 07, 2014
  • Patricia C Patricia C on Nov 07, 2014
    little plastic toy animals. you could paint them gold (popular color now) and fill the bottles???
  • Lorretta Lorretta on Nov 07, 2014
    Decorate for the season and use mini-lights to light up the bottle. So great in a living room.
  • Neva Overy-Morgart Neva Overy-Morgart on Nov 07, 2014
    I have put sand, some silk wild flowers( just a few ), shells, and a few pieces of drift wood. Makes for a very pretty display.
  • Bonnie D Bonnie D on Nov 07, 2014
    How about seasonal stuff? Christmas balls, pumpkins, Easter eggs, etc. OR beans and peas -dried of course!
  • Cynthia Cynthia on Nov 08, 2014
    Funny my thoughts ran with all of these ideas, pine cones and lace, different color sand in layers and seashells, colored marbles, glass colored pebbles you fill vases with add a fish if it is water tight, seasonal decorations(Spring,Summer, Fall, Winter),Holidays( New Years, Valentines, St Patricks, Memorial, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas)whatever those Seasons or Holidays inspire you to combine. Have fun with it!
  • Patricia Howard Patricia Howard on Nov 08, 2014
    Some sand, shells, starfish, and sand dollars from the ocean.
  • Ann Ann on Nov 09, 2014
    Plant a terrarium!
  • Mar sue Mar sue on Nov 10, 2014
    I have one I put a pice of old quilt with vintage toys around in it like a doll in a rocker, dishes, toy cooking utensils.
    • GG Stagner GG Stagner on Nov 10, 2014
      I love your idea and will do it!! THANK YOU! I was looking for something really different and this it!!!
  • Cynthia Cynthia on Nov 11, 2014
    This is a great idea!