Beauty In A Light Bulb

I’ve been holding on to a few expired light bulbs with the thought that I would work with them somehow – here are a few ideas for reusing dead bulbs…
A glass sculpture made from expired chandelier bulbs.

Make a glass sculpture by hot gluing the bulbs together at their bases.

An interesting piece to set on the coffee table – my kids really like this one.

Start by gluing together four bulbs of equal size and add bulbs on to build your design.

For this design, I hot glued the bulbs into a three dimensional star shape and then wrapped the center with jute. You could line your mantel with a few of these or set a great centerpiece for a dinner party.

A bauble for my desk – to keep the ideas coming.

They may be burned out, but they can still hold light – try using them with candles.

Place a small glass cylinder inside of a larger one, fill the space with bulbs and you've got an interesting display of glass and light.

I’m listening to Room For Squares tonight.


  1. Heather @ Life Gluten Free  January 22, 2011

    What an inspired idea. My husband would love this, he is always very motivated to reuse items. He has made me think more outside of the box about how we can actually repurpose things you might not even think you could!

  2. Darcie  January 22, 2011

    Simply breathtaking!

  3. Lisa O  January 23, 2011

    I stumbled over your blog today and have just gone through every post 🙂
    i love it all!

    • camilla  January 23, 2011

      Thank You Lisa!

  4. barbara  January 25, 2011

    The light bulbs are really fantastic. I always feel guilty tossing them out but now I can devise new glass sculptures out of them. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • camilla  January 25, 2011

      I know! I feel guilty every time I toss one out – but now we can have glass sculptures around the house 🙂 C

  5. Frau Shizzle  January 26, 2011

    That is so lovely! Light bulbs are so pretty in their simplety and it is great to find a way to reuse them. A pity that energy saving lamps are not as pretty. But maybe there will also be a way to display them after use in an attractive way. Must think about it. 🙂

  6. Lindsey  January 31, 2011

    I love this! I’m so glad to be a new follower…can’t wait to see future posts!

  7. Martiniano Neto  February 3, 2011

    Very good idea! I have a lot of bulps at home cause I fell sad to throw it away – an ecologicla thougt, of course. Now, I will use them the way you did. Thanks

    • camilla  February 3, 2011

      Thanks Martiniano!

  8. Kimberly  February 6, 2011

    I am also a new follower. I have a few questions, and the site is wonderful. I am a true crafter. Just don’t want to make things too hard. Looking for more.

  9. Kelly  February 15, 2011

    OMG – need to start collecting now! I mainly use energy saving bulbs which are not as pretty as these – damn

  10. Lynn @ Constitutionally Modern DIY  February 18, 2011

    Really really cool. So delicate looking! I like to think of it as an artistic commentary on the transient nature of timed consumerism and technology’s role in this. : )

  11. pixie  May 17, 2011

    this is pretty darn awesome! thanks for sharing…followed a link over from design crush blog.

  12. Tonya  November 11, 2011

    Absolutely lovely. Now I just need to find some burned out bulbs. Though I am very antsy to just go buy some clear ones from the dollar store and make this wonderful creation.

  13. sigrid  January 13, 2012

    I really really love this it is rustic,romantic,industrial, feminine,fairytale like it could go on

  14. dottie  March 13, 2013

    How do you get the black out of the bulbs ?