I always use clear round lightbulbs in my bathroom light fixtures and I typically just throw them away when they burn out. This time when I was changing a bulb a "Lightbulb" went off in my head and I thought why not use them for something. Sooo, I decided to do a search on how to clean out a lightbulb and found a site that offered basic instructions on how to go about it. It really is pretty easy!
One warning I will give is that you need to be super careful when you "break" out the black end of the bulb because it is razor sharp. I know because I got a sliver of it in my finger so just be careful. I did mine over a trash can to make sure that all the pieces went in that instead of on the floor or the counter.
You can use these for vases like I did or you could wrap the top with wire and hang them or fill them with tinsle for the holidays and so much more. I can think of many things I'd like to use them for--what a great Christmas Tree ornament you could make too. Have fun!
You Will Need:
Needle nose plyers
• Gather your supplies
• Use your plyers to grip the little center "button" and pull hard to get it out. I found that the easiest way to do this was to bend it upright so you had an area to grip.
• Take a mini screwdriver and start popping out the black piece over the trashcan. Be very careful!
• You will have to break out the filament with a screwdriver and shake out the glass. You will also have to pull the wire out. Now your bulb is empty and ready to use.
• If you are going to use these as vases instead of hanging them you will need to create a base. I found the cheapest and easiest solution was a large washer. Apply E6000 Glue around the washer.
• Place the bulb on top of the washer--you can place the bulb straight up and down or at a tilt like I did. Let the glue dry for at least 4 to 6 hours. Don't try to move them or the bulb won't stay attached to the washer.
Simple, Unique and Pretty!
Under the Table and Dreaming