Connecticut Wedding Decor & Design Ideas

Decor Idea: Hanging Light Bulb Vases

I came across this DIY project on and instantly fell in love. What a fabulous vintage detail to add to your outdoor summer soiree or garden party. I can see them hanging from trees or stringed lights. I love them so much I’m trying to figure out how I can incorporate them in an event of my own! The idea is to find used light bulbs that you can in turn recycle into these hanging vases.

Here is how to make them, courtesy of

Step 1: Using fine-tooth metal saw, gently saw the bottom of light bulb. Pull out the filaments.

Step 2: Using a hand held drill place metal against some scrap wood and poke two holes opposite from each other.

Step 3: Lace thin wire through the holes and tie off at desired length. Fill with lovely blooms.

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  • Kelly McWilliams
    January 14, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Ok, I would no doubt screw this project up- but holy cow its cool.

  • Candice
    January 14, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Don’t worry Kelly — I’m not good with breakables, never mind a SAW, either!

  • Lisa - Pen & Ink
    January 14, 2009 at 11:21 am

    These are adorable! I love hanging vases. I think they are perfect as-is, but I’m sure it would be really easy to paint the metal part (or the glass) to add a little color too. So pretty!

  • Val McCormick Photography
    January 15, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    What a great idea! I love it! I am finding that reading your blog is more exciting than receiving the next issure of better homes and gardens :-)

  • use of fused light bulb « lifeisapuzzlepiece
    September 20, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    […] ship in a bulb is really cute. 5. use as a vase- this one is really nice see the tutorial here 6. oil burner – turn a light bulb into an oil burner with  bottle cap  to seal the top of the […]

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