Light Bulb Crafts

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By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

When I moved in to my new house, The basement had a collection of old, heavy glass bulbs that, when they burned out, I couldn’t bear to throw away. They were just too cool. And since they were the last non-florescent bulbs to go, I’ve been saving them for a special craft. Something really fun that would do them justice. Here are a few of my top contenders.

Repurposed Lightbulb Hot Air Ballons - Rook No. 17

Repurposed Lightbulb Hot Air BalloonsRook No. 17

These light bulb hot air balloons are just too stinking cute. And the would be perfect in my daughters room, hanging from her ceiling. A little magical, a little whimsical, just like her. Plus I love that it uses fabric scraps (who doesn’t have a stash of those hanging around?) to create that funky, old world look. Utterly charming.

How to Make a Valentine Lightbulb - Apartment Therapy

How to Make a Valentine LightbulbApartment Therapy

This little treat is a must for me. I can’t wait to give it to my husband as a little love reminder for his desk. It’s cute and sweet but modern and funky at the same time. And depending on what kind of stand you use the overall look could be customized to a persons taste easily. But best of all, it’s just lovely.

Light Bulb Money Holder - Good Housekeeping

5 DIY Money Gifts for GraduatesGood Housekeeping

This graduation lightbulb gift is so clever, what a great way to give your grad a little cash and a pat on the back at the same time. Later the same bulb (empty of the money of course) could be turned into a simple vase for their desk. A little green to keep them happy while they work. Fantastic!


Have you thought of  using old school incandescent bulbs in your crafting? What have you done with used up bulbs? Send us pictures, we’d love to add them to our list of inspiring images! And check out these and other light bulb crafts on our Craft Trends Pinboard!

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About Gillian

Gillian Grimm lives in Charlottesville, Virginia where she balances writing, cooking and crafts with eight chickens, two kids, a dog, a cat and a husband. As the daughter of a Journalist, she grew up all over the United States, switching schools, towns and newspapers every few years and loved every minute of it! She now works as a freelance writer, primarily in the craft industry but with a few forays into travel writing, narrative non-fiction and educational matters. Gillian was recently published in the literary journal the “The Northville Review”. You can find more of Gillian’s work at “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

3 thoughts on “Light Bulb Crafts

  1. Pam

    I live the light bulbs, but I can not find where the directions are to make one? Please advise.
    Thank you very much!

  2. joselyn

    Hi Pam, there are links to the tutorials for each of these crafts underneath the pictures.

    Thanks for reading!

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