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 page about recycled light bulb Christmas ornaments.
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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.

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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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May 19, 2005

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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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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By Linda Lou Whitfield F. from Ashdown, AR

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December 8, 2010

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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February 13, 2012

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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April 5, 2017

Recycle those globe vanity lightbulbs into a cute snowman or other character. This page shows you how. This is a page about recycled vanity lightbulb snowman.

Vanity Lightbulb Snowman - finished ornament

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December 8, 2010

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

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Lilly from Scranton, PA

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Patterns for Light Bulb Ornaments

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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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