Upcycling ideas - Lightbulb DIY
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Upcycling Idea: DIY Lightbulb Pears

This is one of my favourite DIYs because it turns something innocuous into a beautiful addition to the home. Who would have thought that it was possible to DIY an old lightbulb?! This upcycling idea creates cute ornaments perfectly for a shabby chic decorated home. They’re also pretty easy to make (as long as you don’t mind getting messy fingers!)

Upcycling ideas - Lightbulb DIY

You will need:

Upcycling ideas - Lightbulb DIY

Old lightbulb
Mod Podge Matte
Twine
Paint brush
Stalk of a bush/twig

1. Brush a light layer of glue onto the end of the lightbulb – there’s no point covering all of the bulb at this point because it’ll dry before you get to it.

Upcycling ideas - Lightbulb DIY

2. Coil the twine a couple of times before pressing it to the end of the bottle, it’s easier to do it this way than to start coiling on the bulb itself. Hold it firmly in place for 20 seconds or so.

Upcycling ideas - Lightbulb DIY

3. Now begin to rotate the bulb and continue to coil the twine round itself. If you’re using thicker twine you can add glue to the outer edge of each spiral as you go so that the next layer has more to stick to.

Upcycling ideas - Lightbulb DIY

Upcycling ideas - Lightbulb DIY

4. Continue this way until the rest of the light bulb is covered, coil around the top of the bulb inwards, cut the twine and wind the twine into the centre leaving a small hole.

Upcycling ideas - Lightbulb DIY

5. Cut a length of the fresh stalk to create a short stem for the pear. Add a blob of glue into the small hole at the top of the pear and place the end of the stalk into it. You may need to hold it in place for a minute or so until the glue begins to set.

Upcycling ideas - Lightbulb DIY

6. Leave the pear to dry completely.

Repeat for as many bulbs as you have! You may even be tempted to cover an unused bulb (I may have done that for one of the above…!). I styled the pears in an autumnal theme with some fallen leaves from the garden and a wooden plate. You could also spray them gold or even green for a more natural look!

Upcycling ideas - Lightbulb DIY

You can also employ this technique to cover all sorts of other objects like wine bottles and coffee jars – get creative!

Bye for now, Cat x
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