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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Lightbulb Ornament Trio

By: Brandi Kerr for FaveCrafts

This Lightbulb Ornament Trio is made up of three of the best Christmas icons, a Santa Claus, a snowman, and The Grinch! This bright idea uses old burnt-out light bulbs to create adorable upcycled Christmas ornaments. Great for the more advanced painter, these ornaments make great gifts and stocking stuffers for kids and adults alike. Hang them on your tree or use them to decorate your mantel. If you don't want to create whimsical characters, you can still decorate and paint these lightbulbs to your heart's content!

Primary TechniquePainting

Advanced

SeasonWinter

Materials:

  • 1 Can of Krylon Clear Coat Finish Spray 
  • 3 Light Bulbs (Blown ones)
  • 6 Different Paint Brushes
  • 8 Different Craft Paints, assorted colors of your choice

 

Instructions:

  1. Find a light bulb that is blown. Clean off very good, let dry.
     
  2. Depending on which one your making if your making the grinch then you want to coat the whole bulb with hunter green paint. If your doing the santa bulbs you coat the whole bulb in red leaving enough not painted for the face and the white.
     
  3. After that dries you start adding all your details of the face and gloves. You can make the santa bulbs like they are holding a naughty or nice list and put names on them or make it look like a book.
     
  4. Then when its completed I use Krylon clear coat spray and spray the whole bulb. As it is drying I will get felt and cotton balls and wire and make hats and a way to hang them. Then they are done.

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I like these ornaments a lot. I am worried that they would be easy to break. Have you had any that you used year after year with no issues, or did they break after one use? I would love to use them if they are durable enough for more than one year.

You could try this using LED bulbs. They are plastic and would be more durable.

So cute. I think I can paint well enough to handle these. Instead of hats, as some suggested, why not a wide ribbon made into a bow? I also will put my initials and the date on the bottom. That way I won't forget when I did them. Thanks for sharing this great idea.

What a unique way to recycle old light bulbs! I do think they are adorable and simple enough to make, but would suggest adding a hat to the top of all three so that you hide the bottom of the bulb.

They're cute but look very unfinished with the base of the bulb showing. It would be easy enough to make a hat for both of them.

get your thumb off the santa so he can be seen

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