Beauty In A Light Bulb

A glass sculpture made from expired chandelier bulbs.
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.

Comments (23):

  1. Heather @ Life Gluten Free

    January 22, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    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 at 10:09 pm

    Simply breathtaking!

  3. Lisa O

    January 23, 2011 at 5:59 am

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

    • camilla

      January 23, 2011 at 10:15 am

      Thank You Lisa!

  4. barbara

    January 25, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    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 at 10:06 pm

      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 at 5:17 am

    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 at 9:46 pm

    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 at 1:55 pm

    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 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks Martiniano!

  8. Kimberly

    February 6, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    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 at 4:11 pm

    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 at 4:37 pm

    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 at 6:20 pm

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

  12. Tonya

    November 11, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    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 at 10:41 am

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

  14. dottie

    March 13, 2013 at 9:18 am

    How do you get the black out of the bulbs ?

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