As a blogger, you sometimes find yourself doing unusual things. Yesterday I was out for a morning walk and as I walked I was peeking into all my neighbours recycling bins, looking for their old tin cans for another project I’ll share with you soon. As I looked I saw someone had three lightbulbs in their recycling (can you even recycle lightbulbs?) and I remembered a project that I’d always wanted to give a try -Light Bulb Flower Vases. So, I grabbed them and brought them home.
The first step is to remove the bottom of the light bulb using pliers. This project involves a fair bit of glass breaking, so it’s a good idea to wear gloves, safety googles, and work in a plastic bag for easy clean-up, since the glass pieces are so small.
Once the bottom is removed, it’s time to break the thick black glass. I looked at quite a few tutorials for this, and most recommended using the pliers or a screw driver to get inside the small hole, and break it that way. I used a metal skewer and twisted it around to try and crack the glass. Once I had it cracked, I worked the tip of the needle nose pliers in and tried to break it up so it would come out. This is the hardest part of the whole the project, since you’re trying to work careful so as not to break the bulb itself. Take your time and keep trying, bit by bit you’ll get it broken up and removed.
Next you need to break the inside glass part, I used a screw driver, again taking care not to break the bulb itself. You’ll need to use the pliers to break the little wires, and then shake it out of your opening. I found it easiest to work inside the plastic bag, since there’s a lot of tiny pieces of glass. Once you have the insides all out, you’re pretty much finished.
For my little vases, I used a some twine to hang them from a branch in my dining room.
I just picked a few pretty flowers from my garden and added a little water.
I love how they turned out.
So simple and so pretty.
With pretty and inexpensive light bulb vases, life really is a party!