About this project

So so
A cute way to recycle old lightbulbs.

Please put on the goggles & gloves for protection before beginning this project!



  • How to make a light bulb vase. Lightbulb Vase - Step 1
    Step 1

    Taking the pliers, bend up the small silver (or gold) piece of metal at the very base of the lightbulb and wiggle it until it comes loose.

    *The piece I am talking about is NOT the large silver corkscrew looking piece. It is a small silver circle ontop of a little, glass black circle.

  • How to make a light bulb vase. Lightbulb Vase - Step 2
    Step 2

    You have two options for this step:

    1. Use heat to crack the black glass. You must immediately cool it after, as to not crack the clear glass.


    2. Use the pliers or other tools to smash the black glass (I've found a box opener to be effective).

    3.Larger lightbulbs have secondary layers of glass in them which must also be broken.

    *Both of these risk cracking the bulb and injuring yourself so please be careful!

  • How to make a light bulb vase. Lightbulb Vase - Step 3
    Step 3

    There will be a small glass tube and wires inside which must be removed.

  • How to make a light bulb vase. Lightbulb Vase - Step 4
    Step 4

    Clean out all debris inside the bulb by washing it out or shaking out all the little pieces. If you have a frosted bulb you must clean out the powder inside with water.

  • How to make a light bulb vase. Lightbulb Vase - Step 5
    Step 5

    Paint the light bulb with acrylic paint. I chose a dot pattern for mine.

  • How to make a light bulb vase. Lightbulb Vase - Step 6
    Step 6

    OPTIONAL: Drill small holes in the sides of the large, silver corkscrew piece and thread wire or yarn through for hanging, or simply wrap it around to hang.


    If you choose not to drill the holes, you can make a small round holder to place it in.

  • How to make a light bulb vase. Lightbulb Vase - Step 7
    Step 7

    It's meant to be a vase, so stick some real or fake flowers in it and fill it halfway with water.

    Or use it to hold your paintbrushes, pencils, or anything else you can think of.

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Chuckee · Las Vegas, Nevada, US · 14 projects
It seems to me like it'd be a little too fragile for paintbrushes and stuff...
Actually... It seems to me like this'd be a bit too fragile to even live in the same house as me...
Frustrated Crafter
Frustrated Crafter · 10 projects
I love this project. I want to hang them all over my apartment, but I've tried one and I broke it trying to remove the black piece of glass. I'm clumsy and tend to break whatever I touch, so this wasn't a big surprise for me. (No cuts, I had my gear on!) Is there a trick to removing that piece? I have another couple of light bulbs and was wondering if you had some pointers for that step.
moonfae · Sunrise, Florida, US · 12 projects
awesome! I have a few burnt out bulbs i've been saving till i figured out what to make with them. Thanks for the great idea!
Nicole Renee
Nicole Renee · Kansas City, Missouri, US · 16 projects

CO + K User

Yikes, hope you didn't cut yourself!

Thanks for all the positive feedback everyone. ^^
Tori ..
Tori .. · Washington, Washington, US · 3 projects
I tried doing this and when I was cleaning out the white powdery stuff I dropped it in the sink Happy
Rachael S.
Rachael S. · New South Wales, New South Wales, AU
Happy Delightful!
Jocelyn · Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US · 17 projects
love it! i have a burnt out bulb in my fan that i am going to dissect right now =P
Casanova · St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, CA · 2 projects
Thats such a good idea!
Tori ..
Tori .. · Washington, Washington, US · 3 projects
That looks awesome!
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