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I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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Psssst! We’re guest-posting today over at Home Stories A to Z for our bloggy friend, Beth. Head on over to see what we did with an old cabinet!
We love when a DIY project just kind of pops onto our laps. This Solar Terrarium was just that way. We were working on a succulent planter that was really flopping and suddenly came up with this project as a Plan B, and we sure love it!

Solar Powered Terrarium

Solar Terrarium Materials List
Solar Light
Succulent Plant
Lantern from Lowe’s
Scotch Double sided Mounting Tape
River Rocks
Did you see this great project on Pinterest from The Shabby Creek Cottage?  I had seen it earlier in the week and was so glad I did. It inspired me to grab a few solar lights at Lowes.
Inspired to get creative with the solar lights, we first took the light apart to figure it out.
I had picked up this lantern at Lowe’s a while back and it was perfect to let sunlight shine through the top. They come in black and silver.
We used Scotch double sided mounting tape because we needed it to really stick to the top of the lantern.  This is intended for heavy mounting, so it did the trick!
Flip the lantern over to make sure it adheres really well.
All that was left was adding stones and a succulent plant. We even kept the succulent in it’s plastic planter. It’s really that simple! (And what’s a blog post from us without a sweet cheesy picture?)

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We dimmed the lights and voila!

Solar Light DIY
Lantern Transformation

solar lantern

Now, you might wonder what we have planned for our Solar Terrarium… 

I plan to give it a home on our new patio and DIY outdoor table (coming soon). 

 I have visions of 3 or 4 of these lanterns going down the center of the table during a nice evening dinner party!  Until then, it’s temporary residence is the accent table on my front porch. It looks so awesome at night! 


So for under $10 we have a unique Solar Terrarium that took less than 15 minutes to make.  It doesn’t get much better than that! 

The comments +

  1. I love it! Such a great upgrade from some basic supplies. One of the best takes on the the succulent garden I’ve seen.

    I hope to meet you gals at Haven!! 🙂

  2. I spent forever in Lowe’s today trying to find that solar light but didnt see a thing. Where did you get yours?

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