Here is a simple, inexpensive use for burned out, used light bulbs of all types and sizes. If you follow these instructions you will be able to quickly create a unique decoration for your home or office. And if you use compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) for this project, you will be protecting the environment by saving your household's bulbs from the land fill. CFL bulbs can contain up to 4 milligrams of mercury, which, if released by breakage, could potentially contaminate the ground water and surrounding ecosystems.
Step 1: Step 1: Materials & Safety Precautions
Gather your materials.
An Inexpensive Glass or Transparent Plastic Container
For the example used in the photos, we purchased this large glass container from the local thrift store for $12.99. The larger the container, the more room you will have to add to it in the future. Yard sales and craft stores are also good places to find a large clear or translucent container.
Used or New Light Bulbs
Any size, type or quantity will do as long as they will fit in your container. Try asking friends and family to give you their old bulbs. You will be surprised at how fast you are able to accumulate an impressive collection of expired lights.
One Strand of LED Christmas Lights
A Source of Electricity
Materials for Safety and/or Cleanup
Broom & Dustpan and/or Vacuum Cleaner
Leather Work Gloves
Dust Mask or Respirator
No other tools are required except your own creativity and manual labor.
Do this project only under the close supervision of a competent adult.
Obey standard practices of using electric outlets, adapters, extension cords, etc. if opting for the lighted version (not shown).
If you do accidentally break any glass, do not panic. Have an adult grab the broom and gently sweep the shards into a dustpan for proper disposal in a wastebasket. If you are using a vacuum cleaner, refer to the owners manual for proper procedures.
Do not walk barefooted in the area for a week or two after the incident.