Introduction: 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

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.

Step 2: Personalize Your Ornament

You will need to make sure your bulbs are clean and free of any oils to ensure the decorations stick.

Then simply decide who the lucky recipient will be and add the letters needed to spell out the name. 

If you are using markers (that work on glass) instead of letters, you may want to make a reference line so your letters remain straight. You can do this by taking a piece of masking tape and laying it above* where you want to write. When you are done writing, simply remove the tape. (Follow any directions on markers indicating drying time).

So easy!

Masking Tape Note*: If you're using markers and any of the following letters;  g, j, p, q, y - it is recommended you place the reference line of tape above the area you're writing in instead of below. The noted lower case letters fall below the normal writing line.

Step 3: Embellish Your Ornament

Now for the fun part!

If your embellishments are all sticker type, you will find this step very easy. Simply decide where your decorations will go and stick away!

If you need to use glue for your embellishments, you may or may not need a paint brush or even a toothpick to help apply your glue to your decorations. Follow all directions on the package and allow time for drying.

Once you are satisfied with your decorations, take a length of string (or fishing line) and tie onto threaded area of bulb. Make sure the string is long enough for hanging on a Christmas tree and tied tightly enough to stay put.

The last step is to take your decorative cord, string or ribbon and tie a bow at the threaded area of your bulb (I used two colors together).

Voila! Now you have a beautiful personalized ornament to give as a gift. Since it was so easy to make, why not make yourself one?


- canucksgirl


bricabracwizard made it! (author)2012-12-14

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 made it! (author)canucksgirl2012-12-14

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. :-)

londobali made it! (author)2012-12-14

Great upcycle idea.. and perfect timing.. :)
Thanks for sharing..

canucksgirl made it! (author)canucksgirl2012-12-14

And thank you for commenting!

They make a nice gift. :-)

Ninzerbean made it! (author)2012-12-14

This is a great idea! And it's kind of humorous too.

canucksgirl made it! (author)canucksgirl2012-12-14

Thank you!

iceng made it! (author)2012-12-13

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 made it! (author)canucksgirl2012-12-14

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.

leggs2002 made it! (author)2012-12-13

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 made it! (author)canucksgirl2012-12-13

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). :-)

susanchen2011 made it! (author)2012-07-06

It is personalized.

canucksgirl made it! (author)canucksgirl2012-07-06

Thank you for commenting. I made several of these for family. Everyone got one with their name on it. They were quite happy. ;-)

Very Interesting made it! (author)2011-12-14

That's really pretty!

canucksgirl made it! (author)canucksgirl2011-12-14

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.

ChrysN made it! (author)2011-12-13

Cool, great way to use those old light bulbs.

canucksgirl made it! (author)canucksgirl2011-12-13

Thanks. They are soooo easy to make, once you get started, you can make a dozen of them in less than an hour.

sunshiine made it! (author)2011-12-12

This is a clever idea! I love the red! Thanks for sharing. I liked the shape of it and the snow flakes.

canucksgirl made it! (author)canucksgirl2011-12-13

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.

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