|Written by dawn gagnon|
We had a surplus of these left over after upgrading all of our lighting with energy efficient light bulbs
Once the new energy efficient light bulbs hit the shelves in department stores and hardware alike, we went and got them and replaced all of the old ones. I have sixty light bulbs in my home. It was costly but the new ones last a long time. Here is something fun to do with your kids as the holidays approach to reuse the old bulbs.
Things You'll Need:
Glue glue, gun hot glue sticks, felt ,beads, light bulbs, imagination, spray paint,
Light bulbs don't have to be thrown away...they have a great use... First collect all the bulbs you want to use. Different sizes and shapes are awesome and make really cute caricatures.
Metallic paint on any light bulb will give it a great new look for your tree. Metallic spray paint can be a beautiful way to change the clear bulb into a beautiful glass ornament. Hot glue some gold thread around the top for hanging and you will have a beautiful glass ornament that is by far stronger than the more expensive store bought ones. Try using light bulbs meant for ceiling fans, and different types of appliances for a cool look too. To spray paint your light bulb easily simply hot glue a loop of metallic thread or yarn to the screw end and dangle it with one hand and spray paint lightly with the other. Make sure you are outside to do this. Many light coats are better than one heavy and make sure you are some where free of wind and drafts.
Little beads and seashells give this light bulb a new life on a tree.. Gather up old jewelry, buttons, sea shells, beads, and begin hot gluing them around your light bulb. I love to use plastic clear jewelry beads in colors that are naturally associated with Christmas, like on this ornament.
This little santa was made with an odd shaped bulb that I had replaced recently. I found a long oval shaped light bulb originally used in light up hutches and made this Santa. Using white out off of my desk I whited out a face, and just took a few Sharpie markers to make a face.
This Santa was made with a low temp glue gun, felt, little jewelry beads and permanent markers. Have your kids make their own personal ornament to give to Grandma and Grandpa during the holidays. Make sure they have adult supervision at all times, even when using low temperature glue sticks.