Don’t throw your old bulbs from now on, you can breathe new life into your burnt out bulbs with just a little bit of work. Lightbulbs are a tried and true DIY go-to that are getting popular now. There are plenty of creative and fun ways to upcycle this object into many useful things.Whether you’re turning one into a bud vase or candy container, terrarium, or covering it with glitters into ornaments, these versatile pieces of glass belong anywhere but in your trash. We’ve rounded up 30 beautiful DIY ways to upcycle lightbulbs into functional and aesthetic projects.
First, how do you actually hollow out a light bulb? This tutorial from the folks at TeamDroid is a great how-to on turning your lightbulbs into clear vessels.
Air Plant Terrarium: This is really beautiful way to make plant terrarium if you know how to cut glass perfectly, or just get it from Etsy. source
DIY Glitterized Light Bulbs for Christmas decorating. Via Source
Hanging Vases: You can use plant hangers and chain to create your own light bulb bunting filled with wildflowers and found flowers. via Etsy
DIY Oil Lamp: Why not turn your old lightbulbs into their predecessors? via Instructables
Red Halloween Spiders: This light bulb spider is super easy to make. All it takes is wrapping some wire around the base of the bulb then bending it to form legs. Spray it red or black with primer and paint and you’ve got inexpensive, but awesome Halloween table decor! Image: Etsy & Tutorial: Everyday Dishes
Hot Air Balloons: We love the idea of turning lightbulbs into balloons! via Rook No. 17
DIY Lightbulb Snowman Christmas Decorating Ornaments. Via Kelsey Bang & PG Everyday
DIY Light Bulb Penguin Ornament: Tutorial via Youtube
Light Bulb Flower Vase: Tutorial via DIY Ready
Easy Light bulb Gift ideas: Make a fun lightbulb container with gifts inside Via Uncommon Design
Lightbulb Christmas wreath: Make an old fashioned Christmas wreath with used light bulbs.
Lightbulb Salt and Pepper shaker: Trendy Chic Functional Light Bulb Jar Decorations For Your Kitchen Via Etsy
Beaded show piece for table centerpiece or holiday decorating. – Unknown source
Light bulb desk topiary: Hang the bulb vase with twirled wire to make a desk topiary for decorating – source unknown
Tiny Terrarium: There are seriously hundreds of lightbulb terrariums on the Internet! It’s bonkers. This tutorial is straightforward and will show you how to make your own. Via The Hipster Home
Lightbulb Valentine: Hey readers, you totally light up our lives! Via Design Sponge
Concrete Lightbulb Wall Hook: You’ll definitely be intrigued by this hack on using a lightbulb as a concrete mold. Via Instructables & Decocasa.
Lightbulb Fish Bowls: Hanging lightbulb with fish inside, or add stones, branches for decoration.
Turn old lightbulbs into hot air balloon art: stand them up in a bowl of sugar while you’re painting! Get the directions here (in Hungarian).
Easy DIY Light Bulb Aquarium: These easy DIY light bulb aquariums make a great home for tiny Japanese Marimo moss balls make wonderful homemade gifts! Via Soap Deli News
DIY Light Bulb Terrariums: Turn lightbulbs into beautiful hanging terrariums by adding tiny stones and plants inside. Tutorial via Thread Banger
DIY Lightbulb Steampunk Potion Bottles Via Instructables
Chic Bud Vase: Go a little less crafty and more modern with this wire mounted bud vase. Via Apartent Therapy