A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a great idea for ugly light fixtures: make a terrarium! The example that I saw was for an 80s brass light fixture terrarium, and I knew that I wanted to try something like this myself.
Just over a week ago I was driving through a town about an hour away from where I live (ah, commutes for meetings...lovely) and found a Habitat for Humanity store. Of course I had to stop, and I found some amazing things: a chair that I'll fix up, a few tv trays crying out for modernization, some cabinet doors that whispered their longing to be functional art, large tiles that will soon start a new life as trivets, and an old light fixture. Total spent: $12. The light fixture was one of the more expensive items at $2, but it was so interesting-looking that I had to bring it home:
Today I pulled out the supplies that I needed:
I placed rocks and the jade branch in the bowl and filled it with water.
but I can see the results when I sit a few feet away and look over at the terrarium. Perhaps it would be better if I could figure out how to add a light inside with the plant. For now, it's good enough. Total cost: $3. Time: About five minutes. Enduring lesson: I need to find another (closer) Habitat store to look for more light fixtures!