I call my plant stand, a kaleidoscope but it isn’t a true kaleidoscope with mirrors. However it makes me think of a kaleidoscope because of the light and color that moves as you walk around it. Wikipedia says, “The word kaleidoscope was coined in 1817 by Scottish inventor Sir David Brewster, “kaleidoscope” is derived from the Ancient Greek καλός (kalos), “beautiful, beauty”, εἶδος (eidos), “that which is seen: form, shape” and σκοπέω (skopeō), “to look to, to examine”, hence “observation of beautiful forms.”
What you will need:
- a large clear glass bowl
- a large clear glass plate
- a strand of white or colored lights
- objects to go inside the bowl–I picked a color theme of greens and purple accents. I used round as a common form and I picked objects that have variations such as sparkle, smooth, shiny, opaque, knobby, etc to add visual interest.
Pick your location and make sure there is room around the base so that when the plant is on top, there’s sufficient room around it. Clean the glass bowl and plate. Turn your bowl upside down where you want it to be, then turn it enough to mark a circle in the carpet. Move the bowl temporarily to the side exposing the “circle mark” in the carpet. Place the lights within the circle, then arrange the decorations on top of the lights. Turn the bowl upside down over the items. Place the glass plate on top of the bottom of the bowl. Finally, set the plant on top of the plate.
Because I am a painter, I like to layer colors and forms. I placed three orbs outside the pedestal to add interest.
Plug it in and you have yourself a beautiful lighted pedestal for day and night.