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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

DIY Light Bulb Vase

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Don’t throw away those old light bulbs just yet! I have a fun, easy DIY for you that will brighten up your home decor or workspace :) This DIY is very simple, but it requires working with glass so you definitely need to be careful!
diy lightbulb vase
What you need: A light bulb (any shape or size will work!), pliers and gardening wire.
diy lightbulb vase
Step One: First you need to remove the little silver layer on the bottom of the light bulb.  Work the pliers under the layer to create a little lip, and then you should be able to peel it right off with the pliers.
diy lightbulb vase
Step Two: Now you have to remove the black cap from the bottom of the light bulb. This was the most difficult part for me – you DEFINITELY want to wear safety goggles and be extremely careful, as it is glass.  Some sites suggest using a hammer to crack the black glass but this didn’t work for me – with some time, I was able to work the pliers into the hole left after you remove the silver cap, and snap the glass.  I used the pliers to tap the rest of the black glass off the bulb.  Do this outdoors or over a hard surface so you can sweep up the bits of glass.
diy lightbulb vase
Step Three: Once the black glass was removed it was really easy to get the little glass tube and wiring on the inside of the bulb out – I simply tapped it with the pliers and it broke right off.
diy lightbulb vase
And now you have your empty lightbulb! I didn’t like how the metal part looked so I covered it with a little piece of fabric:
diy lightbulb vase
Step Four: Add flowers and water, and hang with the gardening wire!
diy lightbulb vase
Now I want to make more! In addition to brightening up my desk space at work, these would be adorable for a summer party or, as Jemma just suggested as I was making it, as bathroom decor!
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Source: Light Bulb Vase – DIY Home D├ęcor | Free People Blog http://blog.freepeople.com/2013/07/diy-light-bulb-vase/#ixzz3AJrkC7jV
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