We all love having unique home accents in our homes, but sometimes that can be expensive. Terrarium planters are very trendy now, and in looking for something out of the ordinary I came across West Elm’s Shane Powers Fishbowl planters and vases… Loved the contemporary look with the traditional overtones, but wasn’t crazy about how the price would affect my pocketbook. Here are step by step instructions for creating your own “West Elm Fishbowl Planters” for less than two bucks! Below is our version, then West Elm’s version. (Which originally retailed for more than $30!) I’m lovin’ TBD’s $2 version myself!
- Bowl style vase from the dollar store
- Glass candlestick base, also dollar store
- E6000 or similar adhesive, (recommended) or glue gun
- Marking pen
If you plan on making the vases into terrariums, you will also need:
- Potting soil
- Gravel or pebbles
- Plant material
- Decorative moss or rocks
Place the fishbowl on top of the candle base, centering as desired. Using a marking pen, trace the candlestick outline onto the inside of the fishbowl. This will tell you where to place the bowl onto the base once the glue is applied, in order to get it centered.
Apply glue just inside the marker line on the bottom of the fishbowl. Apply to the candle base, matching the marker line to the outline of the base. If using E6000, apply glue to both surfaces, wait two minutes, then press the two together. Allow to set until glue is firm.
If you are going to use the planters as vases, they are ready to use once the glue has set. If you would like to plant them as a terrarium, line the bottom of the planter with pebbles to allow drainage for the plant.
Add soil and plant, using the back end of a wooden spoon to gently tamp down soil around the plant. Blow excess soil off the leaves. Add decorative pebbles, moss or stones.
Use a squirt bottle to add moisture to the terrarium, then gently wipe the inside of the glass dry with a folded paper towel.
If you are planting using a sedum or a cactus, you will need to add water only when the soil gets dry. Tropical houseplants will appreciate frequent misting with a squirt bottle.
Enjoy your West Elm Fishbowl Planter look alike for two bucks!Image Credits: West Elm