Recycled Light Bulb Christmas Ornaments

Old incandescent light bulbs can be used to make a variety of craft projects. They lend themselves very well to Christmas ornaments. This is a guide about recycled light bulb Christmas ornaments.
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December 18, 2009 Flag

Approximate Time: 2 Hours, allowing for drying time

Supplies:

  • Recycled large vanity bulb
  • Flat white spray paint
  • Cosmetic sponge
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  • Acrylic paints (Ceramcoat)
  • White (Gesso)
  • Black
  • Yellow
  • Pumpkin
  • Rouge
  • Red
  • Clear acrylic spray
  • Sparkle Glaze (opt)
  • Various size paint brushes
  • Black felt hat to fit lg. Bulb
  • Ribbon of choice for hat band
  • Small Christmas embellishment for hat
  • Small pieces of 18/20 gauge wire

Instructions:

Spray paint light bulb with flat spray paint until bulb is completely covered. I use the bottom of a egg carton to hold the light bulb while spraying it.

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After the light bulb is dry, start sponging several coats of white acrylic paint, letting dry completely in between coats of paint. It may take several coats to completely cover the light bulb.

Decide what kind of facial expression you want for your snowman. Trace onto tracing paper and with a piece of graphite paper underneath, trace the face onto the light bulb. Paint the nose eyes and mouth and don't forget to give him rosey cheeks. When completely dry, spray with a non-yellowing clear spray. Sometimes I brush on a sparkle glaze on the white before I add the facial details.

While light bulb is drying, glue on the hat band and embellishment to the felt hat. Wrap the wire around the threads of the light bulb very tightly. Then thread the wire through a hole in the top, front portion of the hat. Twist wire together and form a loop for the hanger. Enjoy!

By Lana from Show Low

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January 1, 20100 found this helpful

That is one of the cutest things I have seen all year!

Very good at step by step instructions, too!

PBP

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June 29, 2008 Flag

Use old burned out light bulbs for this craft.

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Wash and dry, use acrylic paints, paint light bulb white, let dry about 25 minutes.

Paint on face. While face is drying I crochet the hat for it out of yarn scraps, if you don't crochet you can use a baby sock, it is just as cute.

Hot glue hat on, hot glue ribbon or wire whatever you are going to use to hang it, hot glue decorations on the hat. I use clear glitter glue on the face to look like snow, these are so cute, I had to show people it was a light bulb, lol.

By Sheri from Stockton, CA

Editor's Note: Use incandescent bulbs instead of compact fluorescent bulbs for this craft. CFL bulbs contain mercury and can be hazardous when broken. They should be appropriately recycled instead.

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July 3, 20080 found this helpful

The light in my apartment's stove hood blows out about every six weeks. Now I can use those blown bulbs for a Christmas gift. Thank you!

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May 19, 2005 Flag

Use old burned out light bulbs as Christmas Bulbs: Paint and decorate with glitter, sequins, spray snow, and then add a decorative string or ribbon around top (base) of bulb for hanging.

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Three clear Christmas ornaments with decorative inclusions.

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The "wreath" is a captured quilled wreath. The two little bulbs are recycled burned out bulbs with glitter (tape/glitter) and the round recycled light bulb is quilled tight coils! Fun and easy peasy!

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December 8, 2010 Flag

When making light bulb ornaments, how do you drill a hole into the plug side of the bulb to thread wire?

By Annie from Glasgow, KY

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December 13, 20100 found this helpful
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Right after I posted this I realized that. (I'm almost embarrassed to say this) I had the drill in reverse. It definitely works better when you are drilling in the right direction!

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December 8, 20100 found this helpful

I am not sure what you mean :-( Could you please explain in a little more detail?

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December 8, 20100 found this helpful

I'm confused, too. :-( Wouldn't a small drill bit from one side of the bulb's base (the part you screw in) to the other make a large enough opening for you to thread light weight wire, or sturdy thread through? Perhaps I'm misunderstanding the craft project itself. It sounds interesting, though. More info?

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December 11, 20100 found this helpful

That sounds dangerous to me. Everyone I know just takes ribbon or thread to match the tree and ties it at the base of the bulb just above the part that screws into a lamp.

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December 13, 20100 found this helpful

einna68/Annie,

How funny! Well, we all have 'duh' moments. Part of being human and learning humility ;-) I love your light bulb decoration and Bless you for recycling those bulbs! You should submit that to the weekly ThriftyFun Craft Contest with how to directions!

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December 14, 20150 found this helpful

Good Afternoon,

I joined a few minutes ago, after seeing your snowman. His face caught my eye. I painted these fella's 40 years ago. They say it all comes back around, and it sure has.

My question is, would you mind if I used or copied (and I am asking permission ... to copy that face) my husband just passed away, not long now, and boy o boy I think I need this fella to help me through this season called Christmas.

So I wanted to ask your permission first before I started painting them for the kids and grandbabies.

Right before Jerry died, he has a record collection of over 100,000 records in our basement.... I know :/ what am I gonna do with that? I fret and worry all the time over. But the very last records he was cleaning, and he couldn't use because they were beyond saving, I would like to use as the base for these snowmen. And I think i will give them a hat as well. I want to give to each of the kids and grandbabies.

At least help me from going crazy... if that is possible.

So God Love you for listening to me, sorry for yammering on.

ps we at one time worked at the radio station with a fella from Glascow. /// I think that is where I saw you were from. I am not far from there, in Evansville.

Take care of yourself, stay well and above all things, BE HAPPY.

Debbie

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February 13, 2012 Flag

Do you have any simple Christmas crafts, using all sizes of the "old" style light bulbs, we have all sizes. Thank you.

By Josie S. from New Richmond, OH

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December 8, 2010 Flag

I would like to know how to make burned out light bulb Christmas ornaments.

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Lilly from Scranton, PA

Answers:

Patterns for Light Bulb Ornaments

Make a reindeer by taking a Christmas tree light bulb, holding it socket end up, center and wrap a brown chenille stem around the socket once and then bend or twist the ends into antlers. (I like to wrap around a pencil for a spiral shape.) Glue on a pompom nose, red, or course on the front near the tip and add jiggly eyes. Good and easy enough for kids. You can add a pin back to wear it, or a string(clear fishing line) to hang it. (10/05/2004)

By Linda

Light Bulb Christmas Ornaments

An easy beautiful ornament is to take some red paint, paint a swirl all the way down the bulb as if you were making a candy cane and decorate the top part (which is the screw part), with a cute wired ribbon etc. you can use any color paint and get creative. Makes a great gift for a teacher, too. (12/01/2005)

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