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34 Clever Craft Ideas Using Light Bulbs

Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and easy craft tutorials.


Crafts using old burned-out light bulbs is a new idea for me. When I started a search for light bulb crafts, I didn't have a clue that there were quite a few and some of them are downright impressive.

I'm going to share with you the craft ideas I found in my search. All the light bulb craft ideas in this article also include pictures of the project and the site addresses with the directions for making the craft.

Make beautiful birds like those in the picture above by going to the Crafts by Amanda site.


1. Elegant Pears

I think these pears are so elegant-looking. They will look great in any décor from contemporary to chic.


2. Chalkboard Light Bulbbles

You can make elegant and unique Christmas tree balls by painting old light bulbs with chalkboard paint. The letter font chosen determines the style you want. Find the tutorial for this interesting light bulb craft at Tidy Away Today.


3. Santa Claus

Who would have thought that such a cute Santa could be made using a burned out lightbulb? See how easy it is to make this project by going to and following the tutorial at Sustain My Craft Habit.


4. Sharpie Doodle Ornaments

Sharpie doodle ornaments are perfect for use any time of year. Use new bulbs for this and use them in lamps or ceiling fixtures. Teens will love making and using these bulbs. Find the tutorial for making doodle ornaments at Eclectically Vintage.


5. Spiders

If you have any old bulbs still available at Halloween time, make spiders! These look easy enough to make and I think they would look great hanging in a web fixed in a corner of a room or porch. The tutorial for this spider craft is found at Everyday Dishes.

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6. Cat in a Hat

Kids especially will love this cat in a hat ornament. The instructions for making this ornament are found at About Family Crafts. Some of the light bulb crafts are so perfect to use as party decorations, and this is a great example.


7. Funny Faces

Imagine how much fun the kids will have making their own funny face ornament. The only supplies needed for this project is Sharpie black markers, old bulbs and scrap fabrics. The directions for this craft are found at Creative Jewish.


8. Christmas Character Ornaments

There are lots of different Christmas tree ornaments made using light bulbs, but there are always differences also. These are just enough different that I thought they should be included here. Go to Dollar Tree for the tutorials.


9. The Grinch

This Grinch wouldn't steal Christmas, but he'd hang out in your Christmas tree. The instructions on how to make the Grinch can be found at Mom and Me Crafts.


10. Bulb Hooks

Imagine light bulb hooks to place on your wall. If you'd like to make one, go to Apent Hus for the directions.


11. Mr. Snowman

You can make this snowman using paper mache techniques and directions show at the Ginger Snap Crafts site.


12. Light Bulb Penguin

This is such a cute tree ornament that you'll want to make a bunch of them. For the instructions for this project, go to Family


13. Decoupaged Bulbs

A great way to recycle old light bulbs is to make decoupaged bulbs. These make quite attractive ornaments.


14. Reindeer Ornament

For a really cute reindeer ornament try one like this which is easy and colorful. The instructions can be found at Gotta Love DIY.

15. Make a Hot Air Balloon


16. A Witch's Face

I almost feel like giggling when I look at this witch, she's too happy to be scary. Find the directions to make this little witch's face at All Free Crafts.


17. Santa and Snowman

If you haven't made anything with paper mache clay yet, try this project to see how easy, and fun, it is. You'll find the tutorial for making this snowman and Santa at Paper Mache Clay Light Bulb Snowman and Santa.


18. Halloween Potion Bottles

See how easy these Halloween potion bottles are to make, using old spotlights, by finding the instructions on the Organized 31 site.


19. Penguin Ornaments

The kids would love to have their name printed on a penguin ornament like one of these. Decorate to suit the season.


20. Light Bulb Collage

I love the way this bulb design looks. It's fascinating to me that it's such a beautifully constructed display of bulbs. Make one of these for your mantle or desk by following the directions given at Family Chic.


21. Jack-O-Lanterns

Just too cute for words. Looks easy enough to make and a pleasure to display. Go to the website of Beth Watson design for the instructions.


22. Christmas Angel

You'll be able to make a tree full of these beautiful angel ornaments. See how to make these light bulb angels by going to CRAFTS BY Amanda.


23. Halloween Wreath

I absolutely love this wreath, with a sense of humor, made using old light bulbs. You'll find the instructions at the Mama Thompson site.


24. Light Bulb Snowmen

When you go to Silver Boxes for the tutorial for making these light bulb snowmen, you'll find nice close up pictures of each snowman. A really impressive craft.


25. Santa Claus Ornie

This Santa is a bit different than the other shown, so I thought I'd include it also. You'll find the tutorial for making this ornament at Parents.


26. Glitter Bulb Magnets

This is a great idea for using those use Christmas tree string light bulbs. Go to A Diamond in the Stuff for the instructions for this project.


27. Reindeer Ornament

A stylish reindeer to add to your Christmas tree ornaments. Go to Living a Better Life for the instructions on how to make this reindeer.


28. Bulb Vases

Make super easy bulb vases by using burned out light bulbs and following the tutorial found at Home Dzine.

29. Make a Light Bulb Vase


30. Light Bulb Lamp

This is an outstanding project. See how to make this light bulb lamp by going to Instructables.


31. Light Bulb Bugs

If you'd also like to make your own light bulb bugs, go to Rokolee for the directions.


32. Easter Bunny

You'll find the directions for making this cute little light bulb Easter bunny at Beth Watson design studio. Adorable!


33. Plaster of Paris Snowmen

This snowman project is a little different than usual paper mache projects in that plaster of paris is used instead of a paper mache paste. You'll need to work fast with this project because plaster of paris dries quickly. Find the tutorial for this project at Michelle Rayburn. You'll have to scroll down the page to get to this project.

34. Lightbulb Christmas Ornament Tutorial

© 2012 Loraine Brummer

Has This Given You A Bright Idea.... - craftwise or otherwise.

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on November 30, 2014:

I agree, peachpurple, that the penguins are especially cute. I've used many old bulbs making the snowmen and santas with the paper mache clay. A very addictive craft.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on November 28, 2014:

this light bulbs are cute, especially the penguins, I love all your craft ideas. voted up

kare2share on October 09, 2012:

What a fun lens! I have a couple of old light bulbs and I was trying to figure out what to do with them. You've given me so many creative ideas -- now I'm going to need more bulbs! I think the hot air balloons are my favorite. Thank you for sharing!

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