How to Make Christmas Decorations with Old Light Bulbs

When screw-on Christmas bulbs burn out, do not throw them away. Old C7 and C9 light bulbs are worth saving to create new Christmas decorations. I have been saving them for years, and I have used a variety of colors to make wreaths and ornaments that hang on the tree and around my windows. The old bulbs no longer light up, but they are more eye catching than ever. Consider these creative ideas, and create new decorations from items that most others toss into the trash.

Ways to Reuse C7 and C9 Lights

Make a Christmas Wreath with Old Light Bulbs

It is easy to make a wreath with old Christmas light bulbs. They can be made in a variety of sizes and used as door decorations. They also look great on walls. Use hot glue to attach old C7 and C9 light bulbs to a green foam wreath. As the photo shows, even though the foam wreath shows in between the old light bulbs, it still looks great. It can look even better if the Christmas wreath is covered with glitter before the old light bulbs are attached. Simply coat the wreath with spray-on adhesive before generously sprinkling it with glitter in a color of your choice. Hang the Christmas wreath with a wire or color coordinating ribbon. It is a great way to use old decorations to make brand new ones.

Use Old Light Bulbs to Make Glittery New Decorations

Making Christmas tree decorations is fun, especially when they are easy to make and turn out looking spectacular. Another one of my favorite ways to make Christmas decorations is with old light bulbs that were once used to illuminate my tree. After the bulbs no longer light up, they still serve as beautiful decorations. They look just as eye-catching as the ornaments that I purchased from the store, but they are far more unique.

Wrap wires around the metal bases to create hangers. Next, use a craft brush to paint ¾ of each glass bulb with clear-drying craft glue. Before the glue dries, roll them in glitter. If desired, use multiple colors to create horizontal stripes around the old light bulbs. Begin by dipping only the tips. Work upward until most of the glass is covered. After the glue dries completely, hang the decorations on a Christmas tree or on a painted dowel rod in front of a window. Even though they no longer provide illumination, they will look absolutely beautiful.

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