One of my favourite sites for discovering new DIY Art and Crafts projects is Pinterest. While searching and browsing the other day, I came across these cute little lightbulb aquariums and figured I would share with you on how to make your very own "Lightbulb Aquarium" courtesy of Soap Deli News Blog which can be found at www.soapdelinews.com
I found my regular sized light bulb
bottles at A.C.Moore for $1.49 each for the large ones and a dollar each
for the small ones. They all seemed to have minor imperfections,
however, these “disappear” for the most part once you add the water. I
could not find anything similar at JoAnne’s or Michael’s which are the
other two craft stores in my city. You can purchase these online, however, for a little bit more if you can’t find these locally.
The rocks, pebbles and beads should be
an easy find at any craft store. I bought the ice cream shaped resin
cabochons I used in these aquariums from DelishBeads on etsy.
(She’s based in the USA so if you’re making these as homemade Christmas
gifts they’ll get to you much faster than buying from a shop overseas.)
Keep in mind that the hole for these light bulb shaped bottles is very
small when buying objects to use in your aquariums. I also used Tim Holtz Idea-ology Mirrored Stars.
In addition you may be able to find
Japanese marimo moss balls at your local pet store. If not you can
purchase these online as well. You can find these on Amazon with prime shipping. They are also available from various Etsy shops. I bought mine from Hinterland Trading on Etsy
as they are located in the same state as me. Mine were larger, 1 1/4″
in diameter, which is way too large for the holes on the light bulb
bottles. However, all you need to do is gently squeeze the water out of
the moss ball, cut in half then in half again, then gently roll into a
ball in your hand. And then you’ll have four new moss balls that you can
To make your DIY light bulb
aquarium begin by adding rocks or beads to the glass light bulb shaped
bottle. You can use a funnel for smaller beads or rocks to help make
this easier. Next add your stars or cabochons to suit.
Finally, follow with a Marimo moss ball and tap or distilled water then screw on the lid.
Repeat for each aquarium you want to make.
To care for your moss ball simply empty
the water from the aquarium and replace with fresh water every 1-2 weeks
and keep out of direct sunlight. For more information on how to care
for as well as revive ailing Marimo moss balls visit Aquaradise blog. They offer some really helpful information for beginners.