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Recycled Lightbulb Snowman

Homemade Christmas ornaments add a fun and meaningful touch to any tree. When you go green, it takes the meaning to a whole other level. Create a Recycled Lightbulb Snowman from Cyndee Kromminga using materials you already have. This is a great way to save money on supplies. This Recycled Lightbulb Snowman is also a great way to save the environment by reusing old light bulbs. Eco friendly craft ideas are perfect for the holidays when there seems to be so much extra waste.


  • Standard-size light bulb
  • White or off white acrylic paint
  • Sponge
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Craft wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Measuring tape
  • Masking tape
  • White or off white fabric scraps
  • Craft glue
  • Black felt scrap
  • Blush and a cotton swab
  • Orange felt scrap
  • Wooden skewer
  • Fine-point black permanent marker
  • Homespun fabric scrap
  • Red acrylic paint


  1. Sponge paint a standard-size light bulb (including the screw top) using white or off white acrylic paint. This layer of paint will provide a slight texture for the glue to adhere to. You could omit this step, but this will prevent the glue from slipping while constructing the snowman. It also provides another layer of durability to the thin glass.
  2. Paint the screw end using black acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry.
  3. Cut two 5-inch lengths of craft wire. Holding the two pieces side-by-side, begin twisting them together 1/2-inch from one end. Continue to twist until you are 1/2 inch from the other end. Separate the 1/2 inch ends to form a "Y" shape. These are the snowman's hands and the twisted wire in between form the arms. Measure down 1 1/4 inches from the bottom edge of the light bulb's screw end. Bend the center of the twisted wire around the width of the bulb at this measurement. Bend the arms outward at the sides of the bulb. Using masking tape, tape the center of the wire to the bulb.

  4. Rip 1/2-inch-wide strips of white and/or off white fabric scraps. Clean off all the loose threads along the edges.
  5. Apply craft glue to the bulb. Wrap the strips vertically, horizontally and diagonally around the bulb until the entire surface is covered. The section of the wire that is taped will also be covered by the strips. Do not cover the screw end of the bulb.

  6. Cut a 1/4-inch-wide by 3 3/4-inch long strip of black felt. Apply glue to the bottom edge of the painted screw end and the top edge of the wrapped bulb. Place the strip over the glue and wrap it around the screw end. This is the bottom cuff of the snowman's hat.
  7. Apply two 1/4-inch cheeks, 1/4 inch below the hat, using blush and a cotton swab. Space the cheeks 1/4 inch apart.
  8. Cut a 1/2-inch-tall triangle with a 1/8-inch-wide base from orange felt. This is the carrot nose. Apply craft glue to one side of the felt. Position the nose in the center of the face with the point facing toward the left or right.
  9. Dip the pointed end of a wooden skewer in black acrylic paint. Dot two eyes above the nose. Using a fine-point black permanent marker, draw a smile below the nose.
  10. Rip a 1/4-inch-wide by 10-inch-long strip of homespun fabric. Wrap the strip around the snowman just below the smile and above the arms. Tie the strip in a knot on the front of the snowman. Trim as desired.
  11. Dip the blunt end of a wooden skewer in red acrylic paint. Dot two buttons down the front of the snowman's tummy.
  12. Cut a 12-inch length of craft wire using wire cutters. Wrap the wire around the screw end of the snowman. Twist the ends on the back of the ornament to secure. Separate the wire ends and form into a ring. Twist the ends together to secure the ring. This is your ornament's hanger.




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This is a really cute idea, and I love that it helps use up old light bulbs. I also think it would be a fun craft to do with the kids on a wet day. I cant wait to give this a try and see how they turn out but Im sure either way we will have a giggle doing it.

What a great way to recycle those old light bulbs. I was looking for something like this snowman to put on my tree and now I find it. I will be saving my bulbs to make some throughout the year for next Christmas. Super simple to make and so cute. I will add a scarf and some ear muffs too out of fabric and cotton balls. Next year homemade ornament tree.


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