Uses for Light Bulbs (Incandescent)

October 12, 2004

Incandescent Light BulbI 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.




By Linda (Guest Post)
October 12, 20040 found this helpful

How about hanging them with a simple macrame type hanger and using them to root cuttings-fill with water .

October 12, 20040 found this helpful

If they're the clear variety, you could stuff them and make Christmas ornaments.

October 12, 20040 found this helpful

Come to think of it, even if they're white and not clear, you could decorate the outside and make Christmas ornaments.

By RoDnSuE (Guest Post)
March 12, 20050 found this helpful

I remember an idea from my youth where an empty light bulb could be used for an inexpensive flask for science experiments.
I also made a small terrarium from one back then.



By Elizabeth (Guest Post)
September 30, 20050 found this helpful

I am curious how you got the metal end off of the bulb without breaking the glass, and, more important, why. I have a couple dozen used light bulbs, I am looking for craft ideas of things to make with the bulbs. I am wondering if hot glue from a glue gun will make the bulb explode.
FL29erod @

March 13, 20070 found this helpful

my aunt made me a doll back in the 70's with a light bulb & a glass coca-cola/soda bottle (the type of doll you'd display only). the bulb was the head with a painted face & glued on yarn hair -- the body was the bottle which she also painted & dressed with fabric scraps.


she attached the 2 with glue -- I was a Raggedy Ann fan, so she looked liked Raggedy.

By nathan. (Guest Post)
March 20, 20070 found this helpful

what can i do with a light bulb

By Veronica (Guest Post)
September 1, 20070 found this helpful

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.

By Clayton (Guest Post)
March 9, 20080 found this helpful

How did you get the bulb empty I want to make a flower pot with it.

By Jonathan Lombardo (Guest Post)
June 14, 20080 found this helpful

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.
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Hope you find this helpful!
-Jonathan Lombardo (JPL3k)

By Georgette (Guest Post)
August 23, 20080 found this helpful

About the lightbulbs, I just saw them hanging upside down with flowers in them. Maybe you could also root plants in them too, hanging from limbs in the trees. Don't know about making candles, hopefully someone does for that sounds cool.

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February 13, 2012

This is a page about 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.

Lightbulb Ornament

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A hollowed out incandescent light bulb can be used to make a neat miniature terrarium. This is a page about making a light bulb terrarium.

Terrarium hanging, with a closeup.

November 19, 2018

Here is a very cute craft project for one of those incandescent light bulbs you have been saving. This page shows you how to make an upcycled light bulb penguin.

Painted recycled incandescent bulb penguin ornament.

July 24, 2018

Recycled incandescent light bulbs can be used in a lot of different craft projects. This idea results in a popcorn kernel filled bulb that makes for a unique decor piece.


This is a page about making a recycled lightbulb popcorn craft.

A recycled light bulb covered in popcorn.

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

September 30, 2016

This is a page about painting light bulbs. Create a colorful lighted decorative atmosphere or your deck, patio, or in the garden by painting a string of light bulbs.

Painting Light Bulbs

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This is a page about making a light bulb vase. Make a delicate, unique vase from an old light bulb.

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