Picture of Personalized Ornament (from an old bulb)
Recycle those old incandescent Christmas bulbs by making Personalized Ornaments to give as gifts!

Your family and friends will appreciate that you made ornaments instead of just buying gifts.

They are quick and easy to make and very affordable. This is also a craft that kids of all ages can do.

So get your list of names and lets get started!

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
Incandescent Bulb (In any size or color that you want).
Sticker Letters* or, markers (that will adhere to glass).
Embellishments to decorate bulb (snowflakes, gems, stickers etc.)
Decorative Cord/String or Ribbon (In coordinating colors. Metallic cord is preferred, but not required).
String or fishing line (For hanging ornament).
Glue (Only required for NON-adhesive embellishments. Must adhere to glass and dry clear).
Paintbrush, optional (to apply glue if used)
Masking Tape, optional (if you want a temporary reference line when spelling out name).

You have a lot of flexibility in decorating your ornaments and in the colors you select in bulbs.
Have fun with it!

Tip: Instead of sticker type letters, you could use markers. Just ensure they will work with glass.

Note*: Sticker letters (and other embellishments) are available at many retailers, craft stores and dollar discount stores. Don't buy letters that are too big. Make sure the name(s) will fit.
Beautiful! I guess I will be hanging on to all my old light bulbs and creating baubles. I will never have to buy another bauble again......especially as bulbs come in so many shapes and sizes. Well done!
canucksgirl (author)  bricabracwizard2 years ago
Thank you. I was actually inspired to make these because of the change to LEDs. I think most people have boxes and boxes of these old bulbs in their garage or attic, and they are still pretty and can have a place on the tree. Plus I think they make a quick and easy upcycle gift. :-)
londobali2 years ago
Great upcycle idea.. and perfect timing.. :)
Thanks for sharing..
canucksgirl (author)  londobali2 years ago
And thank you for commenting!

They make a nice gift. :-)
Ninzerbean2 years ago
This is a great idea! And it's kind of humorous too.
canucksgirl (author)  Ninzerbean2 years ago
Thank you!
iceng2 years ago
This Xmas whimsey

Created by a shiny mind.
An ornament of molten sand.
Red glass of translucent kind
Encircled by a shiny brass band.
canucksgirl (author)  iceng2 years ago
Thoughtful comments are so hard to find.
Having busy lives we don't always take the time.
Appreciated they are, for the time that they took.
Not to be forgotten,
Kindness should never be overlooked.
You are truly a gem and
One of a kind.
Uplifting the spirit, you shine like a new dime.
leggs20022 years ago
this is super cute, and what luck! i just found an old strand of xmas lights in my attic, the ones with the really big bulbs. Ferb, I know what we're doing today!
canucksgirl (author)  leggs20022 years ago
Thanks! It seems that everyone has some of these stored away somewhere, and its a good excuse to put them to use (or give as gifts). :-)
It is personalized.
canucksgirl (author)  susanchen20113 years ago
Thank you for commenting. I made several of these for family. Everyone got one with their name on it. They were quite happy. ;-)
That's really pretty!
canucksgirl (author)  Very Interesting3 years ago
Thanks. They look really cute made with other colored bulbs too. Plus a great Christmas gift! I am making one for everyone in my family.
ChrysN3 years ago
Cool, great way to use those old light bulbs.
canucksgirl (author)  ChrysN3 years ago
Thanks. They are soooo easy to make, once you get started, you can make a dozen of them in less than an hour.
sunshiine3 years ago
This is a clever idea! I love the red! Thanks for sharing. I liked the shape of it and the snow flakes.
canucksgirl (author)  sunshiine3 years ago
Thanks sunshiine. I was trying to figure out a way to recycle all those old Christmas bulbs and realized they would make nice ornament gifts when you put the recipients name on it.