Easy Project: Lightbulb Vase

The lilies-of-the-valley are blooming once again. The lovely scent of these cute little flowers has been a favorite of mine ever since I was a little girl and used to pick them on the hillside by my grandparent's house. I wasn't about to pass up a chance to pick a few to have on my nightstand so I could nod off to dreamland and wake again to their lovely scent. While scrounging through the cupboard for something to put them in I stumbled upon this lightbulb vase I'd made some time ago. It was the perfect size for these diminutive flowers. 

If you'd like to know how to make your own vase, it's an easy little project that takes about 10 minutes, if that. You'll need

  • An incandescent lightbulb, burned out is fine if you have one. Soon enough these will be hard to come by as they are phased out, so keep a few around if you can. 
  • Needle nose pliers.
  • Screwdriver
  • Gloves to protect your hands from cuts, just in case.
You can find several instructional tutorials online. Check out the YouTube video at the bottom of the page.

To keep the bulb vase upright you'll need something to support it. I rummaged around my husband's shop and found a hose clamp which worked just fine. You could use a heavy duty metal washer or a roll of tape (pretty washi tape would look awesome) or any other cylindrical item with a hole in the middle. 

If your lightbulb is white instead of clear you'll have one more step not mentioned in the video. After removing the inner parts of the bulb you'll notice that it has a powder coating lining the bulb. This is made of a ground up mineral called kaolin. It's non-toxic and harmless. Just rinsing it out with water under the tap usually does the trick. If there is still some leftover residue you can add some grains of uncooked rice and give it a few good shakes to remove the last of the powder.

Here are a couple other cute ideas I found on Pinterest for hanging the vases.

I think I'll be making a few more of these. How about you?

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