Monday, September 19, 2011

. . . Lightbulb Vases . . .

I always use clear round lightbulbs in my bathroom light fixtures and I typically just throw them away when they burn out.  This time when I was changing a bulb a "Lightbulb" went off in my head and I thought why not use them for something.  Sooo, I decided to do a search on how to clean out a lightbulb and found a site that offered basic instructions on how to go about it.  It really is pretty easy!

One warning I will give is that you need to be super careful when you "break" out the black end of the bulb because it is razor sharp.  I know because I got a sliver of it in my finger so just be careful.  I did mine over a trash can to make sure that all the pieces went in that instead of on the floor or the counter.

You can use these for vases like I did or you could wrap the top with wire and hang them or fill them with tinsle for the holidays and so much more.  I can think of many things I'd like to use them for--what a great Christmas Tree ornament you could make too.  Have fun!

 Lightbulb Vases
 You Will Need:
Clear Lighbulbs
Needle nose plyers
Small screwdriver
Large Washers
E6000 Glue

 • Gather your supplies
• Use your plyers to grip the little center "button" and pull hard to get it out.  I found that the easiest way to do this was to bend it upright so you had an area to grip.
• Take a mini screwdriver and start popping out the black piece over the trashcan.  Be very careful!
• You will have to break out the filament with a screwdriver and shake out the glass.  You will also have to pull the wire out.  Now your bulb is empty and ready to use.

 • If you are going to use these as vases instead of hanging them you will need to create a base.  I found the cheapest and easiest solution was a large washer.  Apply E6000 Glue around the washer.
• Place the bulb on top of the washer--you can place the bulb straight up and down or at a tilt like I did.  Let the glue dry for at least 4 to 6 hours.  Don't try to move them or the bulb won't stay attached to the washer.

 Simple, Unique and Pretty!


  1. awesome! those light bulb vases are super cute!!

  2. How fun! Love the washer on the bottom to set them flat!

  3. this is gorgeous! I absolutely love it! Well done! :) Now to have a look at the rest of your blog... :)

  4. This is just so great! I love this idea!

  5. wow, what a beautiful idea and so creative.

  6. I LOVE this idea... I don't think I can wait for my bulbs to blow, I may just have to buy new ones! I want these for my table centerpiece. Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. Lindy these are so pretty!! I love the way they sit on at an angle too! I can't wait to make up a few!
    Thanks for linking up to Think Pink Sundays - I featured you today!

  8. Beautiful!! Saw these featured at Flamingo Toes and would love to give them a go.

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  9. These turned out so well!! Definitely going to try it. :) Great tutorial. :)

  10. Oh, I like it! I saw you on the blog Craft Link Party Polly want a crafter. I invite you to come visit and maybe join the link party - Galeria de Criações Compartilhadas – (Shared Creations Gallery), on my blog. Sunflower is the issue of the number 1 ! Hugs, Marion

  11. Coming back to invite you over to my linky party. I would love it if you would stop by and share your vases.

  12. Thanks for sharing! You are being featured this week at Lines Across My Face.

  13. This is so clever and pretty! I can't wait to try it the next time a light bulb burns out.

  14. how freaking cute! these!...

  15. What a great idea! Love the look of these and want to try it the next time I have to change out a light bulb.

  16. These are fabulous! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!


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