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Seth Falk transformed a Milsbo Ikea cabinet into a tropical greenhouse. Courtesy of Seth Falk

  • Seth Falk shared a DIY hack for turning a $200 Milsbo Ikea cabinet into a greenhouse.
  • He added grow lights, fans, and a humidity gauge to the glass cabinet to help his plants thrive.
  • Falk's converted greenhouse cabinet lets him grow tropical plants indoors without any natural light.
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Zookeeper and small-business owner Seth Falk loves tropical plants. But he also lives in a windowless basement with no natural light, an environment where they don't normally thrive. 

So he created an indoor greenhouse to give his tropical plants a little help. 

His Ikea hack is part of a growing trend among plant enthusiasts — Ikea cabinet greenhouses.

 "A lot of plant hobbyists use Ikea pieces to make greenhouses for their plants and their home," Brittany Goldwyn Merth, a woman with 80 plants and an Ikea greenhouse of her own, said in a recent interview with Insider.

An Instagram account called @ikeagreenhousecabinet and the hashtag #ikeagreenhousecabinet showcase many examples people have shared of how they repurposed Ikea cabinets for their houseplants. 

Inspired by the Instagram account, Falk purchased the store's $200 Milsbo glass cabinet and got to work.

Before-and-after photos show the transformation. Inter IKEA Systems B.V./Courtesy of Falk turned the cabinet into a tropical oasis for his plants.

Falk, who bought all of his supplies from Amazon, estimates that he spent a total of $800 on upgrades for this cabinet, which houses several of his tropical plants.

Here's how he hacked the Milsbo:

Step 1. Falk used aquarium silicone glue to attach six fern wood panels to the back of the cabinet. Found in tropical areas, fern wood retains moisture. The fern wood also gives Falk's entire apartment a rainforest smell, he said.

Step 2. Falk filled the areas between the panels with loose tree fern. This also allowed him to hide cords for the lighting.

An arrow points to the fern wood. Courtesy of Seth Falk

Step 3. He attached grow lights to the top two tiers of his greenhouse using Gorilla Glue.

Step 4. He removed one of the shelves to make space for his plants, added weather stripping around the doors to maintain the climate, and drilled a hole in the top-left corner so he could run cords through it. He keeps a power bar on top of the cabinet that supplies all of the makeshift greenhouses' power needs.

Arrows point to grow lights, and weather stripping. Courtesy of Seth Falk

Step 5. On each level, Falk added mini fans to increase air circulation and prevent mold. Falk also uses a temperature and humidity gauge to keep the environment at 80% humidity.

Mini orchid species, sensitive plants, Alocasias, Bromeliads, and air plants live in the cabinet alongside two tree frogs and a gecko. Falk with his tree frog and the completed greenhouse. Courtesy of Seth Falk

Falk told Insider he loves having a "mini rainforest experience" at home.

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So imagine Fran's surprise when she discovered the tool has a hidden feature which makes it perfect for packing in your suitcase.

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"I've just found the most amazing life hack for GHD straighteners if you're on holiday and don't have an adapter plug, and I've got to try it with mine," Fran began her TikTok video.

"I've had these since I was 16 - so about eight or nine years. I absolutely love them, so I'm going to see if it works."

She then got a screwdriver and proceeded to carefully unscrew the tiny silver screw in the plug itself.

Once the screw was removed, Fran was able to lift up the front part of the plug to reveal a continental plug hidden inside.

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"What the hell?" she said, failing to hide her shock over her discovery.

"I've had these straighteners for nine years and I never knew. I've taken them on so many holidays with me when I could have just plugged them into the wall."

Fran added that for anyone who comments on her video that the plug feature was in the GHD instruction booklet, she "got them at 16, so threw that away straight away".

People in the comments section were equally shocked by Fran's revelation, although some pointed out that only the old straighteners have the feature.

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