Don't throw out your old incandescent bulbs. Used or not, they can be turned into beautiful decor for your home.
If you've recently upgraded your home to more energy-efficient lighting, you're probably left with a stockpile of unused incandescents that you don't want to throw out.
So what do you do with all those bulbs?
Fortunately, there is a host of alternative uses for old incandescent bulbs, used or not. Learn how to put those old light bulbs to good use.
You can turn old light bulbs into twine pears for an artsy centerpiece straight from Pottery Barn. Sweet Society shows that it's a very simple transformation. All you will need is a roll of twine, a small twig, some hot glue and a pair of scissors.
One of the most popular alternative uses for old incandescent bulbs is to turn them into vases or terrariums.
Hollow out the light bulb by breaking away the ceramic base, breaking the inner liner and filament and removing everything from the inside of the bulb. Remove the white power coating on the inside of the bulb by adding a tablespoon of salt and swirling it around until the glass is no longer white. Wash the bulb with warm water and rinse with rubbing alcohol. Finally, fill the bulb with either moss, an air plant or water with a small plant, such as flowers.
Note that hollowing out the bulb can be rather tricky and dangerous, so be sure to use gloves and eye protection.
Another way to repurpose those old glass bulbs is to use them as a mold for a wall-mounted coat hook (link to video tutorial). Other than the bulbs, all you will need is some fine cement, a lag screw and some patience.
Turn old light bulbs into something you will cherish forever by making holiday ornaments with your family.
Using felt, cotton balls, paint and a little imagination, you can turn light bulbs into your favorite holiday characters. They make particularly great penguins and a Santa Claus with a very jolly belly.
Once you're done painting and decorating the ornaments, hot glue a loop of ribbon or twine to the very top and hang them on the tree.
If a DIY solution doesn't pique your interests, you're not entirely without options. Instead of tossing them in with the trash, contact your local retailers to see if they recycle incandescent bulbs. You shouldn't recycle incandescent bulbs with the rest of your glass, but some retail locations will collect bulbs for recycling.