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Recycled Light Bulb Christmas Ornaments

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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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Craft Project: Vanity Lightbulb Snowman

Lightbulb Snowman

Approximate Time: 2 Hours, allowing for drying time


  • Recycled large vanity bulb
  • Flat white spray paint
  • Cosmetic sponge
  • 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


Lightbulb Snowman

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.

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. Lightbulb Snowman

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! Lightbulb Snowman

By Lana from Show Low

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Recycled Light Bulb Christmas Ornaments

Lightbulb OrnamentUse old burned out light bulbs for this craft.


  • Light bulbs to recycle
  • Acrylic paints
  • Yarn and Crochet hook
  • Baby sock
  • Glue gun and glue
  • Ribbon or wire for hanger
  • Decorations as desired.


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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Tip: Burned Out Light Bulb Christmas Ornaments

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.

By Aurelia C.

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Here are questions related to Recycled Light Bulb Christmas Ornaments.

Question: Light Bulb Christmas Ornaments

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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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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Question: Used Light Bulbs Christmas Craft Ideas

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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