Bright Idea: Get Crafty With Repurposed Light Bulbs


When a light bulb in your home goes out, you likely unscrew it and toss it in the trash, replacing it with a brand new, working bulb at once. However, next time maybe think twice before throwing out the ‘dead’ light bulb. Lights and electricity are things most of us take for granted, but the crafty ideas for repurposing light bulbs that you will find below may give you a whole new appreciation for your old light bulb.

It is no secret that our society today is a wee-bit DIY crazy, and we’re not complaining! People have really gotten into recycling and reusing old household items, rundown furniture, and other items most people think of as junk. But hold on right there – as there are tons of creative and innovative ways to upcycle objects, such as light bulbs, into something useful and aesthetically pleasing. From terrariums and ornaments to cases and candy containers, your options are endless when it comes to repurposing a light bulb you otherwise would’ve given to the dumpster gods.

Here is a look at a few of our favorite ways to turn dead or useless light bulbs into a fun and inspiring piece for your home. Hey, you may even think about giving them to your friends and loved one as a gift this year!

Light Bulb Terrarium

This is probably our favorite, as these mini hanging terrariums are just so darn cool once they are completed. And they’re easy, too! Simply unscrew the part that connects the light bulb and add some succulent dirt, rocks, or moss. Once you’ve done that, pick out your favorite air plant and wiggle it in there. And just like that, you have a super cool hanging air plant terrarium.

Hanging Flowers

If you are looking for a way to display your favorite flowers in your home, but are sick and tired of the traditional vase, consider using an old light bulb. After you clean it out, fill it halfway with water and add a flower or two through connector part with threads. You will now have a beautiful and unique way to hang and display your favorite flowers throughout your home.

Light Bulb Oil Lamp

Another favorite of ours, transforming a light bulb that has died into another source of light is super clever, and fun! Go old-school and make an oil lamp by using paraffin-based lamp oil and a solid wick. Be mindful around the open flame and very careful when filling the bulb with oil. Once you’re done, you will have a creative and warming way to illuminate any space in your home.

Light Bulb Spice Containers

Another fun way to transform light bulbs into something completely outside the box is by turning them into spice containers. Simply replace the threaded connector with a wooden cork and use a piece of wood with cutout inserts to display and support the spices. You will surely be the envy of all your friends with this crafty repurposed bulb project!

There are many ways to reuse and repurpose items you would normally have thrown out, all you have to do is dig a little deeper into your creative side!

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