Homemade Light-Bulb Christmas Ornaments

by Alice Drinkworth, Demand Media

    Rather than throwing them away, repurpose burned-out light bulbs as Christmas ornaments. Paint a snowman face on the bulb and personalize it with a hat and decorations of your choice. This homemade craft is easy enough for beginning crafters. Children should be supervised carefully when making these ornaments, however, because light bulbs are easily breakable.

    Step 1

    Paint bulbs completely with white acrylic paint. Allow paint to dry for 30 minutes to an hour.

    Step 2

    Turn the bulbs upside down. The metallic screw portion will serve as the top of the ornament. The rounded part of the bulbs will serve as the bottom.

    Step 3

    Paint eyes, nose and a mouth on each bulb to make the face of a snowman. Rosy cheeks and a carrot nose will make a distinctive snowman face. Allow the faces to dry thoroughly.

    Step 4

    Glue a baby sock on top of each bulb for a "snowman hat" using the hot-glue gun. The hat will cover the metal screw part of the light bulb. Experienced crafters may want to knit or crochet a hat for the snowman ornament instead.

    Step 5

    Glue decorations to the hat or snowman face. Holly, ribbons, beads and raffia add interest.

    Step 6

    Cut a piece of ribbon about 5 inches long. Glue both ends to the hat to create a loop for hanging.

    Tips & Warnings

    • Making a snowman is only one option with these ornaments. Get creative with design and paint them with other types of faces, or bold, colorful designs. Instead of gluing on a hat, wrap raffia or ribbon around the metal part of the bulb for a topper.
    • Use burned-out incandescent bulbs for this craft. Compact fluorescent bulbs contain mercury and should be disposed of properly rather than used for crafts.

    About the Author

    Alice Drinkworth has been a writer and journalist since 1995. She has written for community newspapers, college magazines and Salon.com. Drinkworth earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Wisconsin and won a media award for her in-depth coverage of local politics. She is also a certified master gardener.

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