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marimo moss ball light bulb terrarium

by Ben & Glenda Longenbaker $35.00
Handmade
Recycled
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Light Up Your Life

Ben & Glenda Longenbaker's charming repurposed bulb brings organic design to your home or office. The Marimo is a living moss (or algae) ball found growing in lakes in Iceland, Scotland, Japan, and Estonia exclusively. Each lake's current swirls the little plant around and around so it grows naturally into a petite pom-pom shape. This curious creature's name is a portmanteau of two Japanese words, "mari" meaning "bouncy ball," and "mo" a term for plants that grow underwater. The sweet, sphere-shaped Marimo is adored around the globe: the Japanese believe that it will bring good luck and in Iceland it is believed that if you take good care of a Marimo ball it will make your wishes come true!

The Longenbaker's light-bulb-turned-aquarium supports this tiny good-luck charm in its own, indoor ecosystem, making it the perfect accent for desks, tables, and dressers. To care for your Marimo, simply change its water every one to two weeks (more frequently during the summer) and display it in artificial light. Handcrafted and assembled in Seattle, Washington.

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Handmade
Recycled
Community Voted
Item ID
21989
Made from
metal, sand, marimo moss ball, repurposed light bulb
Measurements
3" L x 3" W x 5" H; Bulb: approx 3" dia.
Notes


Care instructions: All the marimo moss ball needs is to be completely under water and some artificial light! Water should should be changed once every 2 weeks or when water becomes cloudy.
  • the maker

Ben & Glenda Longenbaker

Hello, we are Ben and Glenda from eGardenStudio in Seattle! We are independent designers with a passion for design! We love art and architecture, especially those related to beautiful nature! We love turning ordinary objects into extraordinary decorations. All our products are designed/handmade by ourselves! We enjoy our life and love what we do. Thanks a lot for supporting our art and us! collection

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MARIMO MOSS BALL LIGHT BULB TERRARIUM
 
4.6

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (16)
  • Accurate instructions (12)
  • Lightweight (8)
  • Hardy (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Indoors (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Getting started (11), Avid gardener (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (17)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (13), No (4)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other (8), Self (4)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Birthday (5), Christmas or hanukkah (5), Other (4)

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5.0

Great gift

By 

from Pittsburgh, PA

About Me Master Gardener

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors
    • Patio

    Comments about MARIMO MOSS BALL LIGHT BULB TERRARIUM:

    Arrived aheaad of schedule. Recipients were delighted.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Other

    Comment on this review

     
    5.0

    Great idea for the plant person with limited time

    By 

    from Spokane, WA

    About Me Getting Started

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Lightweight
    • Unique

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors

      Comments about MARIMO MOSS BALL LIGHT BULB TERRARIUM:

      Unusual and fun gift for the person who likes plants, but has limited time for gardening.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Other
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Birthday

      Comment on this review

       
      4.0

      She loved this too!!

      By 

      from San Francisco

      About Me Master Gardener

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Nothing

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Indoors
      • Outdoors
      • Patio

      Comments about MARIMO MOSS BALL LIGHT BULB TERRARIUM:

      I saw this and thought it was a very unique gift to give someone who loves to see and try different things.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Other
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Birthday

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      Adorable, unique gift

      By 

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Avid Gardener

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about MARIMO MOSS BALL LIGHT BULB TERRARIUM:

          Gave this to my new boyfriend for Valentine's Day. It was a charming little gift for him and looks fantastic on display. I would buy this for just about anyone really, it's a really cool little gift, but especially for anyone who appreciates the natural world.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Other
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Valentine’s Day

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          5.0

          Clever vessel for low-maintenance "pet!"

          By 

          from Northern VA

          About Me Getting Started

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate Instructions
          • Attractive
          • Foolproof
          • Hardy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors

            Comments about MARIMO MOSS BALL LIGHT BULB TERRARIUM:

            A clever presentation for a "plant" said to bring good luck and that taking excellent care of it will make all your wishes come true.
            A perfect conversation piece for that someone who has everything.

            Service and delivery comments:

            Delivery was prompt. Sadly, the bulb was damaged. Uncommon Goods replaced it immediately with no questions and expeditied shipping!

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
            • Mother
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Christmas or Hanukkah

            Comment on this review

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent !

            By 

            from Utah

            About Me Getting Started

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate Instructions
            • Attractive

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors

              Comments about MARIMO MOSS BALL LIGHT BULB TERRARIUM:

              Excellent gift. Very unique and different.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes
              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
              • Other
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Christmas or Hanukkah

              Comment on this review

              (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Beautiful and instantly calming

              By 

              from Boston, MA

              About Me Getting Started

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about MARIMO MOSS BALL LIGHT BULB TERRARIUM:

                    Sorry to use the review page to ask a question but I do love the product but have the following questions and maybe future buyers may find this helpful too:
                    1) What is the order I should set up my MARIMO MOSS BALL LIGHT BULB TERRARIUM? is it gravel first, water second, moss ball last?
                    2) What is the best way to change the water without negatively impacting the gravel and moss ball?

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    Comment on this review

                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    An interesting little guy!!

                    By 

                    from tulsa, oklahoma

                    About Me Getting Started

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive
                    • Cool
                    • Hardy

                    Cons

                    • NO Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors

                    Comments about MARIMO MOSS BALL LIGHT BULB TERRARIUM:

                    this is awesomely unique and calming to look at. it makes us smile every time we glance at our marimo ball.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                    • Self
                    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                    • Other

                    Comment on this review

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Awesome

                    By 

                    from Green Brook, NJ

                    About Me Getting Started

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate Instructions
                    • Attractive
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors

                      Comments about MARIMO MOSS BALL LIGHT BULB TERRARIUM:

                      My daughter saw this produce on Wanelo and asked for this as a birthday gift. This was her favorite gift, the packaging was excellent and the product was exactly as described and adorable!

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes
                      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                      • Child
                      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                      • Birthday

                      Comment on this review

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Amazing

                      By 

                      from Basking Ridge, NJ

                      About Me Getting Started

                      Pros

                      • Accurate Instructions
                      • Attractive
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors

                        Comments about MARIMO MOSS BALL LIGHT BULB TERRARIUM:

                        I received this for my birthday this year, and I immediately fell in love with it. I have been interested in marimo moss balls for a while, and this was a unique and great way to start!

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes
                        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                        • Self
                        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                        • Birthday

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                        Q and A

                        When our community voted on this product, some also shared comments - read them below:

                        270votes, 35 comments

                        Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

                        Ben and Glenda Longenbaker's terrarium design is a bright way to repurpose a light bulb. Would you add a bit of green to your indoor decor with a ball of Marimo moss?

                        Stephanie
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        cleaning it and everything just seems too much upkeep for its purpose.

                        L Benson
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        OMG THIS IS SO CUTE!!! I have never seen things like this even though I shop a lot online lol. Very very unique and special!

                        Donna
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        The moss ball seems pretty small for the bulb. It is still super cute.

                        Lorraine
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        If changing the water is really the only upkeep, than it is a keeper. Too cute!

                        Nathan
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Super cool. Love that it is a reclaimed light bulb. Better than a beta fish. Moss does not poop yay!!!!!

                        Malorie
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Yay, Seattle!

                        Katt
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        This is super cute, would love to add this to my collection of succulents and other things on my window sill!

                        Marie
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        Just looks biring

                        Barbara
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        another thing to dust and take up states

                        Bonnie
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        this is so cool! very unique handmade piece. I would love to get one to put on my desk at work! where can i get this? i can't find any info regarding purchasing here...and i don't understand some of the comments here... why are people so mean about something this cute?!

                        Jacqueline
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        This is such a neat way to brighten up a desk or other spot. It's also fascinating! If it brings good luck, that's even better!!

                        Katie
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        The story makes all the difference! I love where the name comes from, and I love that it's a little moss pom-pom!

                        Dorothy
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Great desk companion.

                        Susan
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        unique and very cute ;o)

                        Amy
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Very cute and different, I'd love one!

                        Marge

                        It reminds me of the ecosphere I used to have on my desk. I would love to have it as a green spot in my office.

                        William
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        Too much a trinket, and lacking in true beauty.

                        Nina
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Love this! It will look great next to my Ecosphere!

                        Carolinus
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Love me some moss!

                        Ashley
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        I would like this much better if it had a cork or stopper instead of the light bulb end. I'm not into all these light bulb items. But, the marimo part is adorable.

                        pam
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        This is a very unique and attractive way to repurpose a bulb! Is the base also repurposed? Love the little moss ball! This has charm and elegance, and I can see this brightening an office decor!

                        Jan
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        I work for an electrical contractor. This might look nice in the reception area if it is not too pricey.

                        Jayd
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Adorable!

                        Gayla
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Very unique

                        Cindy
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Unique

                        Belle
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Super cute! My only question would be as to when it tips over, am I going to have a mess or will the fluid stay contained in the bulb?

                        Sheila
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        It's a living thing now that's linked to luck. I have the remarkable ability to inadvertently kill all living plants, and I can't chance my dis/ability adversely affecting my luck.

                        holly_is_awesome
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        I love this! Very cute and cool!

                        Alyssa
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        I haven't seen marimo since I moved back home from Japan!!! I wanted to get one there but I didn't think customs would let me take it back home... I would totally buy this! :D

                        Elizabeth
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        This is adorable. It seems like a great gift for an apartment-dweller or a friend with only a window ledge for plants.

                        alexis
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        It would be nice without the big glass bowl.

                        Samantha
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        so cute! Would definitely like one depending on the price.

                        Amanda
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Super cute and definitely a cool desk accessory.

                        Megan
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Very unique, though the cleaning of it could be troublesome.

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