What to do with Old Lightbulbs

If you've been on our Pinterest you probably already have a few ideas on how to be creative with used lightbulbs but here are a few more ideas to try:

Flower Vase

A very popular choice amongst people, by hollowing out a used lightbulb (here's how) you can fill the bulb with some water use thin-stemed flowers and immerse them in the bulb. You could also use air plants in the bulb and can survive without being planted. In order for the bulb to stand alone you could use a lid from, for example, a jam jar. You can put in as many flowers as will fit but using just one or two makes more of a statement.


Hanging Vase

By doing the very same thing as before but attaching a strong wire or fish line to suspend it in the air.

hanging vase


You can easily create a pear centerpiece by attaching a thin twig at the top then carefully wrapping the bulb in twine then putting the finished 'pears' in a glass container.


Light Display

Old bulbs can still carry light if supplied from another light source such as a candle. All you need is a small clear vase to put a candle in, then place that in the centre of a large glass vase and the fill it with bulbs.

lighting display

Hanging Ornament

Now the first thing that comes to everyone's minds is reusing lightbulbs as baubles for the Christmas tree and white that is good idea lightbulbs can be decorated and used as ornaments all year round. Try colouring in the bulbs with paint or marker giving the glass an amazing look. You could also wrap the bulb in yarn. If you do fancy making a Christmas bauble you could use the same ideas just add glitter or draw pictures. It can be a fun activity with kids.

lightbulb christmas ornament


Get creative with your kids by letting them turn their lightbulbs in to practically anything. They could draw snowmen, bumblebees, penguins, ice cream cones or whatever they feel like making. When letting kids decorate bulbs make sure they are supervised at all times.

kid crafts

Ship in a bulb

I'm sure you knew this was coming. Using quite a large bulb repeat the procedure for removing the top cap and insides. Then carefully construct your desired ship on it's own without glue. Then using tweezers and glue, carefully construct the ship in the bottle piece by piece. This can be quite difficult to master and can consume a lot of time. Only try this if you're the patient type!


Sand Art

Remember a few years ago when everyone loved sand art? Or maybe that was just me. Well lightbulbs can be a great container for the multicoloured sand and provide an interesting display.

sand art bulb


This is simple to do and more low-maintenance than a regular plant. For this all you have to do is fill the bulb with sand or pebbles, preserved (not live) moss and tiny plants called Tillandsia. This requires partial sunlight and a small amount of water every 10 days.


Oil Lamps

To turn an old bulb into an oil lamp (anyone else see the irony?) all you need is the empty bulb, perafin oil, a thick wick and a reliable place it can stand without moving.


Spice Rack

After emptying, then washing and drying your bulbs you can use them as a decorative way to store your spices. Make sure to keep the screw ring as a lid.


Salt and Pepper Shakers

People have used bulbs to make salt and pepper shakers. It's really simple to do just hollow out a lightbulb, wash and dry it then pour your salt or pepper in to it. You can use tape and a lid to form a tight seal or the screw top may work.

salt and pepper light bulbs

Fish Tank

Hollow out the bulb and wash it. Make sure that it's a tiny fish (that will not grow) and that there's no chance of the bulb falling.

light bulb fish tank