Light Bulb Window Vase

These window light bulb vases have been made by using wire and hollowed out recycled light bulbs.

Light Bulb Window Vase

What you need

Light Bulbs
Suction cup


You simply twist the wire around the rim of the bulbs into whatever design you want. You can use 1 bulb, 2 bulbs or however many bulbs you want. Keep in mind your suction cup must hold the weight.

You could also make these to hang onto a wall hook if you wanted.

To hollow out the light bulbs: (sorry no pictures, I tried but they only made it more confusing so I will use the power of WORDS!)

1. Find a light bulb, burnt out or not doesn’t matter really.

2. Use a set of pliers to take of the little silver part at the end. Once you get the ends bent up a bit just give it a little wiggle with the pliers and it should come out.

3. Hold the black (which turns out to actually be purple) part over a candle or some sort of flame. Promptly run cold water over the glass part, if it makes a cracking noise don’t freak out, its the black part not the glass (usually).

4. Find something, I use a steak knife, to break the black part. It’s usually just a matter of gouging at it to get it to break and come out. Pliers will also come in handy. remember: grip the light bulb by the metal part NOT THE BULB.

5. Now there’s the glass part that’s up inside the bulb, use the tip of your knife or whatever you find most useful to break this. Usually a few good solid, but not too hard taps will do it. after its broken use the pliers to take it out. remember you might have to break it into a few pieces to get it to come out.

6. Now you have a hollow light bulb. this is the best time to clean up the hole part and get any stray pieces of glass.

7. Rinse out the white powdery stuff with some water for those bulbs with the white frosted stuff in them. To get any of that persistent white stuff out fill a little bit of the bulb up with salt, sugar, I’ve used rice before and shake it around. fill with water and shake it around, then just rinse them out.

8. Let it dry

9. Make something wicked cool


This project was contributed by Nafety

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  1. I think the same idea as a humming bird feeder would be awesome :)

  2. Actually, for all the people who think otherwise, light globes /are/ usually filled with a gas. But it’s an inert gas, like argon. The filaments get rather hot and having things like oxygen in there would greatly shorten their life. Notice how they’re completely sealed?

    But unless you decide to inhale nothing but argon it doesn’t pose any harm. An heck, even enough straight oxygen will kill you.

    Also – some clear grow gel in the bottom (or even just water with nutrients added) and a small cutting and you can actually grow things in them too. One of my friends had some form of vine like thing (no idea what it was, sorry!) growing from several that were suspended by wire from the curtain rail above her kitchen window. It looked rather good.

  3. lilcrafter says:

    love this, love this, how wicked cool !!! nice job!! I’m going to try and I may even try and paint the bottom half !!

    Most cool, can’t get over this !!

  4. great and practible, i use smakk bottles and wire with a suction cup to hang in windows for rooting!

  5. this project is great fun. it works if you want to keep it basic just like the sample in the photo, but you can definitely add a lot more on if you want. the issue of preparing the light bulbs is not as complicated as it may seem to some, but definitely consider your ability to handle some of the tools needed. afterward, though, the light bulbs are insanely easy to work with.

  6. that IS wicked cool.

  7. Looks cute but light bulbs are hard to work with.

  8. excdellent idea

  9. I’ve been wondering what to do with like bulbs instead of throwing them out since they can’t be recycled. I like the vase idea although I’d want to take the metal skew part off for a cleaner look. I like this idea a lot though.

  10. really nice!!! :D

  11. i”ve been looking for something to make for 3 days now, and I really like this project very creative I think I will make it and also try to make a candle one with the lights.

  12. Im 13 and i never no what to make for my dad. He loves plants and homemade things. in the past i made him thing he dosent really use i bet he will use this! THANKS ALOT!

  13. I just can’t get the silver part out.

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