Light Bulbs- How to Recycle With Style
by Laurie McClearn
Light bulb recycling is a growing hobby, limited only by your own creativity. This light bulb recycling project shows just how attractive that old, burned out bulb can be!
- burned out light bulb
- flat primer spray paint for the base coat
- acrylic paints in hunter green, white, dusty rose and blueberry
- small sections of raffia
- very thin pieces of grapevine
- florist’s wire
- acrylic sealer spray
You switch on the light and “poof” the bulb is a goner! Don’t throw that burned out bulb away, let it “brighten-up” your room in a completely new way!
We are told it’s wise to recycle but, aside from tossing light bulbs into the recycle bin, how can you re-use them? Create a unique ornament. The possibilities are virtually endless with this project. Use them to create Christmas or Halloween decorations (check out all the light bulb crafts shown below). Or make this faux birdhouse lightbulb.
For the birdhouse bulb shown on this page, I used a primer spray so that my craft paints would better adhere. After it dried I just painted on a design then sprayed on a sealer and added some “camouflage” to the metal part of the bulb. This is just one example of what you can do with an ordinary light bulb. Paint it, decoupage it, sponge or texture – it’s up to you. One caution: I would NOT recommend you use a decorated light bulb in a light fixture. While there are high temperature paints on the market, I am not sure of the results one would achieve and ordinary craft paints should not be used on extreme heat. (At best it will bubble, worst yet it could catch on fire.)
Enjoy and have fun finding new uses for the ordinary light bulb!