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Light Bulb Christmas Ornaments

Learn how to transform light bulbs into Christmas ornaments. These light bulb Christmas ornaments take little time to make and are a great way to reuse old light bulbs. To make these ornaments you only need greenery and wire.

Light bulb Christmas ornaments.

A few years ago we made an outdoor Christmas countdown marquee sign, actually 6 years ago to be exact. Since it’s been a few years, last year some of the light bulbs starting burning out.

I actually had to check on Google for the correct term, maybe I should be saying the light bulbs are blowing out. hehe Anyways, I’m sure you know what I mean, some light bulbs are no longer working.

Instead of disposing of them, I have been keeping them knowing I could transform them into something. I transformed the light bulbs into Light Bulb Ornaments!

How to make Light Bulb Christmas Ornaments

Supplies:

  • Plastic light bulbs that no longer work
  • Decorative greenery
  • Wire

Tools:

  • Ruler
  • Wire cutters
  • Hot glue
  • Pencil
Supplies to make light bulb ornaments. Wire, greenery, wire cutters, pencil, hot glue, and light bulbs.

Step 1: Cut the wire at 18″ long using wire cutters.

Coil of wire with wire cutters.

Step 2: Center the wire over the cap of the light bulb and wrap part of it around the cap.

Two light bulbs.
Place the middle of the wire on the cap of the light bulb.
Wrap the wire around the cap.

Step 3: Twist the wire tight around the cap.

Twisting the wire around the cap.
Twisted wire.

Step 4: Straighten the wire upwards.

Straighten the wire.

Step 5: Twist the two ends of the wire together about 3 times leaving about 1.5″ – 2″ on each end.

Twist the wires together.

Step 6: Twirl each end on a pencil.

It’s the same technique I used on the deer wood slice ornaments, it’s a cute way to add a little cuteness to the wire.

Wrap the wires over a pencil.
Right side of wire wrapped on pencil.
Wire wrapped onto pencil.
Light bulb with wire.

Step 7: Cut pieces of decorative greenery using wire cutters.

You’ll notice that the greenery the left overs from the glass mounted Christmas countdown.

Bulb, greenery, and wire cutters.
Greenery with piece cut off.

Step 8: Use hot glue to attach the greenery onto the light bulbs.

Hot glue, light bulb ornament, and greenery.
Applying glue.
Placing greenery onto glue.
Glue and greenery drying.
Applying more glue to secure greenery.
Pressing greenery into glue.
Light bulb with greenery.
Light bulb with red greenery.
Two clear light bulb ornaments.

Since I had 4 light bulbs to work with, I made four ornaments.

Four clear light bulb ornaments.

DIY Light Bulb Christmas Ornaments

Light bulb Christmas ornaments.
DIY Christmas ornaments made from a light bulb.
Christmas decoration made with a light bulb. Christmas Light Bulb Ornament.
DIY Light bulb Christmas ornament.
DIY light bulb ornament.
Ornament hanging on branches.
DIY Clear Christmas ornament made from light bulb.

I really love how they turned out! I can’t wait for more of the lights to blow out so that I can make more. Don’t worry, the Christmas countdown is still well lit, I have been replacing the bulbs. hehe

Have you ever made Christmas ornaments with light bulbs? If you are looking for a cute one to make, this light bulb snowman looks so fun to make!

I hope you have enjoyed this Christmas craft!

Don’t forget to check out my Christmas Projects section for more ideas!

Christine

DIY Christmas ornaments made from a light bulb.

Light Bulb Christmas Ornaments

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: Less than $10

Learn how to make Light Bulb Christmas Ornaments. Super quick Christmas craft using light bulbs and greenery.

Materials

  • Light bulbs
  • Decorative greenery
  • Wire

Tools

  • Ruler
  • Wire cutters
  • Hot glue
  • Pencil

Instructions

  1. Cut the wire 18″ long using wire cutters. Coil of wire with wire cutters.
  2. Wrap the middle of the wire around the light bulb cap. Wrap the wire around the cap.
  3. Twist the wire to tighten it around the cap. Twisted wire.
  4. Straighten up the ends of the wire. Straighten the wire.
  5. Twist the ends of the wire together about 3 times leaving about 1.5″ – 2″ on each end. Twist the wires together.
  6. Wrap the ends on a pencil to give them a decorative twirl. Wire wrapped onto pencil.
  7. Remove the pencil when done. Light bulb with wire.
  8. Cut small pieces of greenery with wire cutters. Greenery with piece cut off.
  9. Hot glue the greenery onto the light bulb. Applying more glue to secure greenery.
  10. Hang the light bulb Christmas ornament onto a tree. DIY Christmas ornaments made from a light bulb.

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Donna via Funky Junk Interiors

Saturday 18th of December 2021

Ohhh are these lightbulb ornaments darling! They resemble little snow globes! So pretty and neat call on flipping waste into whimsical!

Rachelle

Thursday 16th of December 2021

This is the best idea! Thanks for sharing at the FWF link party RR

Michelle @ The Painted Hinge

Thursday 16th of December 2021

Hi Christine! Thanks so much for sharing these light bulb Christmas ornaments with us at Farmhouse Friday! We're featuring you in tomorrow's party!

Carol

Thursday 16th of December 2021

These are fabulous! Featuring when my link party opens up tonight. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

Marie B.

Saturday 11th of December 2021

I adore these! What a great way to recycle light bulbs too but I especially like the simplicity of the ornaments. Pinned :)

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