I saw a great image of this project for a hanging lightbulb planter a few times on Pinterest, but had trouble finding instructions that showed how to make it. After spending far too long digging, with no luck, I figured it could not be that hard to do, and it is not. I like this project, because it is unusual and adds a lot of visual impact, but costs nothing and takes very little time. You can actually put lots of things other than flowers in these lightbulb vases, and the vase does not have to hang. I propped one on a tealight and set it on an end table, and it looks great. Once you have emptied the lightbulb of the glass, you can get pretty creative. I intend to post additional projects soon, but if you have ideas for a cool project using repurposed lightbulbs, let me know. I would love to hear about it and post photos.
Supplies you need:
- A lightbulb
- Twine or fishing line (whichever you prefer. I used baker’s twine)
- Safety googles (You will be breaking some glass, so don’t skip out on these!)
Supplies you need to make a hanging lightbulb planter
In order to get to the inside of the lightbulb, you will have to remove the black glass piece. (yes, it’s glass, so be careful!) To do this, hold the lightbulb at the metal base so that you don’t break the bulb piece. Firmly tap the side of your metal pliers (you can use a hammer if you prefer) against the black glass. With a couple of hits, the black glass will break. Turn the lightbulb upside down so all the broken glass falls out.
Tap the pliers against the bulb a few times until the black glass breaks.After you shake the glass out, the bulb will look like this.
Remove the filament glass like this.After removing the filament glass, the bulb will be empty like this.
Cut a piece of twine or wire to use for hanging.Tie the twine around the bulb so that the two ends go back upwards for hanging.
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