Making a Light Bulb Vase

September 21, 2015

plant in vaseThis 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.


Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 old lightbulb
  • pliers
  • any screwdriver
  • thread
  • safety goggles
  • gloves
Light Bulb Vase


  1. First wear your goggles, safety is paramount. Hold the bulb tightly wearing gloves or wrap the bulb in cardboard and hold it.
  2. Light Bulb Vase
  3. Take the pliers and pull out those small knobs at the base of the bulb. This type of bulb base is called a bayonet base. They should come out nicely, but with a little force.
  4. Light Bulb Vase
  5. Then using your pliers pull out the silver soldering at the base of the bulb.
  6. Light Bulb Vase
    Light Bulb Vase

  7. Now using your screwdriver start chipping and breaking the black glass base of the bulb. Be gentle while doing this, the glass here is thick, but easily breaks off.
  8. Light Bulb Vase
    Light Bulb Vase
    Light Bulb Vase
  9. Now using the screwdriver break the inside part of the bulb where the filament is located. Hold the bulb with a tight grip, but not too tight or else the glass itself will break. Once the inside is broken it should easily slide out!
  10. Light Bulb Vase
    Light Bulb Vase
  11. Voila! the bulb is empty! Wash the bulb once to remove all broken glass pieces. Now pass a thick thread through the holes so that we can hang the bulb! I've put a money plant in the bulb and put water in it. It now hangs nicely in my room!
  12. Light Bulb Vase
    Light Bulb Vase
    Light Bulb Vase

  13. I hope you all enjoyed this easy DIY project!
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April 5, 2017

By removing the inside of an ordinary incandescent light bulb you can create an interesting wall vase. This is a page about recycled light bulb wall vase.

Light Bulb Wall Vase - finished bulb filled with beads

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