Marimo Moss Ball Light Bulb Terrarium

Ben and Glenda Longenbaker's charming repurposed bulb brings lucky Marimo moss to your home or office.


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Ben & Glenda Longenbaker

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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.


Made in Washington

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!

Handmade Recycled Made in the USA
Made from
metal, sand, marimo moss ball, repurposed light bulb
3" L x 3" W x 5" H; Bulb: approx 3" Dia.
Water should should be changed once every 2 weeks or when water becomes cloudy. Provide moss ball with artificial light.
As this is a living item, it is not guaranteed that every moss ball will sink to the bottom of the terrarium immediately. The moss ball sinks or floats freely due to its interaction with water and air. It is natural for some moss balls to float for a while as a means of getting more air.
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Cute but water is dirty


This is very cute and unique but the sand makes the water black. It floats on top and looks filmy so overall not quite as nice as the picture.

Kansas City


Good, but......


I bought one for my husband as a good luck gift on his new promotion and new office. When it arrived it was larger than I had expected and absolutely lovely he really liked it. I wanted one for myself and my office as well. However, the one that I got was a little different in that when filled with water there was a layer of gravel (I'm guessing - but really just looks like dirt) that always sat on the surface of the water. I've tried changing the water several times and also letting it sit undisturbed but it hasn't helped. The initial one we bought did not have this problem and, for me, this dirt layer takes away from the clean aesthetic of the item. The first one we bought was as pictured - I guess I just got one with problematic gravel.

Los Angeles, CA

Beautiful piece


Very pretty little display item

Naples, FL


This product is very quirky


My Mom uses it as a paperweight to look at when she is writing her book.

Tampa, FL


Fun gift!


A great gift for my inventor husband!



Would buy again. Repurposed and cute.


Nice decoration. Loved the look of it.

Chicago, IL




Great conversation piece I thought I would have to drain water more but it stays pretty clean Love it.



Interactive terrarium


This looks different and interesting in a window and is fun to swirl around occasionally.



i would buy this product again


He loves it!!

Lubbock Tx.


Fun gift


Unique gift and my family loved the gift

San Francisvo

Marimo Moss Ball Light Bulb Terrarium

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