When an old fashioned lightbulb burns out, the clear or white bulb can be reused for crafts instead of being thrown away. This is a guide about uses for incandescent lightbulbs.
This is a project to recycle and reuse old lightbulbs. I've converted them into vases for my money plant. They look beautiful and are super easy to make.
Approximate Time: 30 minutes
By Shawna G. from Ann Arbor, MI
A fun craft and garden decor idea is to take old light bulbs and paint them. Glass paint is the best option, but you can use spray paint as well.
Clean out the inside of an old light bulb to create a clever wall vase. Yes, light bulbs are very fragile, but with care and patience they can be repurposed into an unusual art piece. Once opened and cleaned out, your new vase can hold water for fresh flowers, buttons, beads, or other small filler trinkets.
The metal screw end of the light bulb is the top when referred to in the instructions. Warning: Wear safety goggles and gloves when attempting this project.
Approximate Time: 1 hour
By Cyndee from Winfield, KS
This is very pretty! It would be a great and attractive way to root cuttings like Coleus, etc. I would have to use my oven bulbs as we use CFL''s everywhere else. Thanks so much!
I have empty light bulbs, just normal 60W bulbs with the inside pulled out. The end is open, and I was wondering what I could do with them. Any ideas? I thought about making a candle, inside the upside-down bulb, but there's not enough oxygen that gets into it. Any ideas would be appreciated! I'm sure there's something really cool I could do with them.
what can i do with a light bulb
This sounds a bit like when I was six years old. At school we made Christmas tree decorations that were supposed to be filled with candy. We were told to use colourful paper and fold and cut it in a special way, and then wrap it around an empty toilet paper roll. Us kids didn't react, but my mother threw the disgusting thing away!
There are some things that should be recycled rather than reused.
How did you get the bulb empty I want to make a flower pot with it.
To answer a question many of you asked, you can use a small craft saw to carefully saw off the bottom off the metal screw end. Just be sure not to saw it at an angle, and be sure do it at the end, just above the 'point'. If you do this correctly you will not break the vacuum in the bulb. There are two very thin wires that need to be broken, a simple twist of the cap will do that for you. I was lucky and was able to break the glass cleanly within the metal screw, so it was hidden. Then I carefully chipped away so of the excess glass and coated the sharp edge with a layer of hot-glue. Worked like a charm, now I can't cut myself!
Also, another tip: If you DO have a white bulb, do not worry, once you have broken the seal of the bulb and removed the glowing filament, run some water into the bulb, the white removes almost instantly! Now you have a clean clear bulb to craft into something creative.
Hope you find this helpful!
-Jonathan Lombardo (JPL3k)