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Recycled Light bulb Holiday Ornaments

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Easy and eco-friendly -- recycle burned out light bulbs for cute Christmas ornaments.

Cover burnt out light bulbs with water-based varnish, tissue paper and paint. Add yarn or ribbon to create a hanging ornament.

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I use burned-out light bulbs for my crafts, You can make Santa Claus's face, Snowmans, Penguins, Easter Bunnies, Halloween witches, reindeers. Your imageation can go crazy, using burnd-out light bulbs. Joyce Olmsted Coeymans,N.Y.

wow this is one I will be doing for sure.I have always kept my old glass christmas balls and done similar to them.

I have been making these for many years. They not only keep burned out bulbs from the landfill, they are a very in-expensive way to obtain many different styles of ornaments using just a little artistic ability. I sometimes sprinkle different colors of glitter on the bulb while the paint is wet, or paint the bulb with white glue, then sprinkle the glitter on. For drying without affecting the glitter and glue, I wrap the end (part that has the screw head) with varying colors of knitting yarn, or crochet yarn, then create a "hanging loop" before tying off. Add an ornament hanger. Once I've covered the bulbs with paint/glue/glitter, I hang them on either a wire clothes hanger, or a stretch of yarn/ribbon/rope that is suspended between a door frame, at the very top of the frame. Once dry, I add various type embellishments (Christmas theme), such as plaid Christmas ribbon, Poinsettia (plastic or fabric) flowers (one on each side), Holly and berries, or any other type Christmas items such as small bells, etc., to the end with the hanging loop to hide that part of the bulb. I use them for my decorations, but I also make them as gifts for others. They are very quick and easy to make. They look really nice on a tree, but also make a great garland draped across window frames along the top inside of the frame, so they can be seen at night if you have any kind of illumination in the windows, or they can be draped over the top of windows inside, around door frames, or along a fireplace mantle. All that is necessary to make a garland of them is to use a purchased fake Christmas garland of Holly and berries, or anything of your choosing, then hanging the decorated bulbs along the garland once it's in place. I've also placed 2-3 or even 4 in a semi-large bowl that is clear, and used it as a table centerpiece, or just to sit around the room on lamp tables. The uses are almost endless with a little imagination.

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