How to Make a Light Bulb Flower Vase

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AdvertisementIt is super easy to Find beauty in the Fall. All you have to do is look around. The color changing of the leaves, the crispness to the air, and not to mention football. Fall is one of my favorite seasons. I don’t like to be chilled to the bone or sweating like a hog so the fall is perfect for me! Fall is also a great time of year to plant bulbs.

Once the winter has melted away it is always so nice to see that spring has sprung when your bulbs start peeking through the dirt. I like the fact that Fall gardening is something simple to do and yet you reap the rewards come the spring. Dig. Drop. Done. Equals awesome.

Tulips and daffodils are a great choice for fall planting. They make me think of Easter since they usually have started blooming by then. I can just picture my kids in their Easter attire being surrounded by these lovely flowers. Picture perfect (if I can get them to stay still for that long)!

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I think once my tulips and daffodils have bloomed I will put them in a light bulb flower vase. You ask, what is a light bulb flower vase? It is basically refurbishing a blown light bulb into a crafty vase.


  • Incandescent Light Bulb (not florescent bulbs)
  • Pliers
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Long Metal Object (like a screwdriver)


Remove the metal contact piece at the base of the light bulb with pliers. Just bend it up some and pull it off.


Once the contact piece is removed you will need to break the black glass that is underneath it. I banged it on concrete until it cracked enough to allow me to remove its pieces with the needle nose pliers.


Now that the black glass is removed you will need to remove the light bulbs insides. Stick a metal object like a screw driver in to break up the insides. You will have to swirl it around some and make sure to break up any pieces of glass that are too big to fit through the light bulb opening. I used the needle nose pliers to remove the filament. Please use eye protection and gloves when doing this because little pieces of glass do fly.


If you used a white light bulb and not clear there will be a white powder on the inside. This is just kaolin which is pretty much just ground up clay and is completely safe. Rinse this out and your “vase” will be clear.

Fill with real water and flowers, glass beads and fake flowers, or whatever you like. You can set them up on candle holders (or whatever you want) or drill holes in the light bulbs and hang.

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  1. Very intertesting a different idea of the use of light bulb…….

  2. Susan Cooper says:

    I love MIracle Grow products. I’m a gardener and use them all the time.

    What a cool project. This would be fun to do for one of my “Girl Nights” 🙂

  3. Great idea! Thanks for posting it.

  4. Yesterday the glass bulb part separated from the metal screw part. It was a cheap dollar store light bulb with obviously now cheap adhesive connecting the two. I am now stuck with just the metal connector perfectly screwed into the socket. Cannot use a cut potato as there are no jagged edges to stick it into. Any suggestions?

  5. This is such a cool idea – and the first time I’ve ever seen anything like it. I want to try it next time I’m replacing a bulb!

    • Krystle says:

      Yes! It’s a great way to recycle old light bulbs that don’t work anymore. Let me know if you try it and feel free to share your end product!

  6. MD Kennedy says:

    What a cute craft! And, a great way to show how to keep stuff out of the recycling stream and landfill by upcycling. Thank you!

  7. Terry Riley says:

    This light bulb vase is the most adorable thing I have seen for awhile. Thanks for the east to follow directions. Me and my sister will be making some of these.

  8. Wow who would have thought about reusing a light bulb for something like this – cool idea I must say – thanks for the idea

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