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repurposed light bulbs

Many of us have switched to CFL light bulbs, but if you still have an incandescent bulb, what do you do with it?  If you are like me, I try to repurpose almost everything, and light bulbs can be a lot of fun.  This is just one way you “repurpose” your bulbs.

You will need some common tools, a screwdriver and needle nose pliers. Use whatever bulb you have handy, today I used a clear and a frosted.  The frosted will wash off when you add water, leaving just a hint of frost.  You should wrap the bulb in a towel just in case it breaks.

First, grip the little solder point and give it a good twist. You will free the brass contact and break one of the wires leading to the filament.  Once the contact has been pulled out, carefully crack the glass insulator. Be very careful here, it shatters into very small parts.  Use the screwdriver to break the fill tube and with a shake, it should fall right out.  Make sure to wash the bulbs well and let dry.

For the hanging bulbs, I used an awl and poked 2 wholes to thread wire, for the free-standing bulb, I used a napkin ring holder for a stand and sprayed the silver gold, to match the holder.  And here is the final product 🙂

Isn’t being green fun 🙂


5 thoughts on “repurposed light bulbs

  1. VERY pretty! And I love your blog theme, too . . . is it new? I’m a huge pink ‘n brown fan (my towels are brown with pink polka dots like your background!) so it really caught my eye! 🙂

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