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12+ Light Bulb Crafts

Find uses for old light bulbs you never would have thought of.

Updated November 02, 2018
12 Light Bulb Crafts

Light bulb crafts should be on your radar. If you've never worked with this unique material, you're missing out! You can create some of the most uniquely beautiful projects when you collect your burnt out lightbulbs and put them to use.

Find craft ideas with old light bulbs in our lovely list. Instead of throwing away old light bulbs, recycle them by creating some pretty cute projects. You can make beautiful homemade Christmas ornaments, light bulb decorations, and more with the pretty projects in this collection.

Amazing Lightbulb Wreath

Is this not the most stunning wreath you've seen? And it's made out of light bulbs no less! If you're looking for unique wreath ideas, give this Amazing Lightbulb Wreath a try.

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Amazing Lightbulb Wreath

DIY Lovely Hanging Vases

You can turn your light bulbs into vases! Since airplants are so popular right now, apply a unique take to this trendy decor with these DIY Lovely Hanging Vases.

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DIY Lovely Hanging Vases

Upcycled Light Bulb Centerpiece

This Upcycled Light Bulb Centerpiece is so cool and adds a rustic ambiance to your table. These light bulb decorations can be used for a wedding or simply for your dining room table as an alternative to a traditional floral centerpiece.

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Upcycled Light Bulb Centerpiece

Recycled Bulb Hot Air Balloons

Is this not the most darling use for light bulbs you've seen? Learn how to make Recycled Bulb Hot Air Balloons to doll up a child's room. These would be super cute in a nursery, and you might be able to use them as gifts, even!

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Recycled Bulb Hot Air Balloons

Beautiful Upcycled Bulb Stars

These Beautiful Upcycled Bulb Stars would make fantastic Christmas ornaments, and you're using materials you already have at home to make them! Rather than throwing out that entire strand of Christmas lights, consider making these lovely stars. You can use them to decorate for other occasions, too!

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Beautiful Upcycled Bulb Stars

Light Bulb Potion Bottle

For a splendid hallloween craft, you can't miss the Light Bulb Potion Bottle! The shape of the bulbs is perfect for this spooky project.

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Light Bulb Potion Bottle

Recycled Lightbulb Christmas Ornament

With a dab of glitter and some gems and paint, you can turn an old light bulb into this Recycled Lightbulb Christmas Ornament. The tiny little bells adorning this light bulb artwork are a lovely finishing touch.

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Recycled Lightbulb Christmas Ornament

Snowman Light Bulb Ornament

Add a frosty touch to those old light bulb ornaments and make this lovely Snowman Light Bulb Ornament. It's a great project to do with the kids.

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Snowman Light Bulb Ornament

Reindeer Light Bulb Ornament

Is this Reindeer Light Bulb Ornament not the most adorable little craft? The red bulb is perfect to remind one of Rudolph, and the bell is such a cute touch. This is a great light bulb craft for the kids!

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Reindeer Light Bulb Ornament

Easy Light Bulb Ornaments

This Easy Light Bulb Ornaments craft is one of the easiest ones you'll make! Grab some paint and red rope for the scarf and you're good to go. 

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Easy Light Bulb Ornaments

Light Bulb Penguin Ornament

This Light Bulb Penguin Ornament is one of the most darling of them all. Decorating light bulbs doesn't have to be difficult, and this project is too cute! We all have that friend who loves penguins, so surprise them this year by making them this cute ornament!

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Light Bulb Penguin Ornament

Twinkle Wreath

The Twinkle Wreath is one of my favorite projects on our sister site AllFreeChristmasCrafts.com. This adorable idea is so festive for Christmas, and you could choose another color scheme for other holidays during the year, too!

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Twinkle Wreath

Recycling Old Bulbs

Instead of throwing away those old burnt out Christmas bulbs, recycle them by creating some pretty cute ornaments. All you need are some burnt out colored bulbs, thin ribbon, and wire hooks used to hang ornaments on the Christmas tree.

  1. Choose your bulb and your ribbon or wire.
  2.  If you chose ribbon, wrap the ribbon around the metal part of the bulb, making a loop so that you can hand on the tree. You can also hang these on garland that hangs from the mantle.
  3.  If you chose the wire, simply wrap the wire around and twist, leave enough wire to make a hook to hang from the tree.
These bulbs can be spruced up with glitter glue and stickers, this craft is great to do with children of all ages.

Recycling Old Bulbs

What other recycled crafts do you like to make?

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very cute idea. I never thought of this.

I make them into ornaments. After coating them with paper mache and adding a small beak, I paint them all white. I then use acrylics and turn them into little penguins....use your imagination, they do look like penguins. I use a small piece of flannel to make a scarf, hot glue a hanger to top, and you have a great ornament. I have phot, but not sure how to paste into comment.

using the bulbs can create a safety hazard if made into rattles because of the broken class which slips out. This is dangerous and should not be used with OR around children. Even with adults and the glass slips out, someone can step on it.

you could make rattles (instruments) for kids with it: glue newspaper all around it in at least 5-10 layers and let dry, then crush inside by hitting it on hard surface. paint decorative with designs and colours, let dry again. Glass splinters will not go through the layers, but rattle nicely ;)

cool idea......thanks for sharing

These could also be used to resemble Easter eggs in the spring!

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