Since moving into my new (but quite old) home, I’ve been on a quest to replace all the light bulbs with energy-efficient LED versions. However, in the interests of sustainability, I’ve been trying to wait until the old ones burn out before replacing them.
When my much-anticipated shipment of GE Link bulbs arrived, however, I couldn’t contain myself any longer. I decided to upcycle my old light bulbs into Christmas ornaments, making way for the new Wi-Fi enabled LED bulbs. I figure, the energy I save from my smart bulbs—which I can schedule to turn off when I leave the house and other energy-saving scenarios—more than offsets whatever small amount of life may have been left in the old bulbs.
I turned to Pinterest for some light bulb-into-holiday ornaments inspiration and came across this fun snowman light bulb. While there are a lot of ideas for turning light bulbs into decorations out there, what I like about this one was how easy it is. Plus, it uses very few extraneous materials.
I found almost all of what I would need to make the “snowbulbs” (as I dubbed them) lying around the house: a cardboard toilet roll, some spray adhesive, twigs and cord. I did have to buy some glitter though, and I also splurged on some black fabric paint and tiny orange pompoms for my snowman’s face and nose.
On the plus side, this was probably the easiest, least messy ornament I made during my family’s annual ornament-making afternoon. On the downside, it is easily the most breakable, and it’s a pretty nasty experience when they do smash on the floor—put these at the top of the tree where no little hands can grab.
- First, place your bulb on a covered surface and spray with the spray adhesive.
- Next, shake glitter over the bulb, turning it so it’s completely covered. Leave to dry for a few minutes.
- Place it on top of the toilet roll and attach your chosen ribbon or cord for hanging.
- Then, take your black fabric paint and dot on your snowman’s eyes, mouth and buttons.
- Using quick drying glue or a glue gun, attach something orange (I used little orange pompoms) for the nose, and two twigs as arms.
- Voila! A light bulb snowman.
These are so easy to make that even my three-year-old was able to do it (hers is the one on the left).
As a mother of two, Jennifer Tuohy is always looking for fun upcycling projects she can do with the kids, and then share as how-tos for The Home Depot. You can find light bulbs to create your own snowman ornaments on homedepot.com.