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Recycled Light Bulb Xmas Tree.

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Start to replace your light bulbs with CFL's and by next Christmas you can have your own tree!
 
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Step 2: Fill cone with plastic bag.

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Line the inside of the cone so that you don't glue to the cone, if so you will need to cut the cone from the bulb tree. Place the cone inside a box to keep it upright.

Step 3: Start to glue bulbs.

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This is going to take some time. You will need to glue the bulbs one by one and stop when you have a few rows (so that they don't fall in) don't use to much glue and try to see how they sit with each other before you use the glue.

Step 4: Gluing and more Gluing

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As you work upwards, try to keep to the sides and when needed stuff with a rag or paper in the middle.

Step 5: Last row.

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Try to keep the last row of light bulbs at the same level this will help the tree to sit straight. Make sure to leave the middle open for the fairy lights. Let it be for 24 hours.

Step 6: Remove tree from cone

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Hopfully you can just pull the tree out of the bag and cone. Remove any rags or paper.

Step 7: Add LED christmas lights.

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Place the LED Christmas light bulbs inside the tree, you may need to use tape to keep in place.
http://www.1000bulbs.com/LED-Wide-Angle-Plug-In-Lights/

Step 8: Plug In and enjoy!

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Dudeyowuzup3 years ago
This is a really cool project for burned out light bulbs, and I can see accruing them if I don't throw them away when they burn out, but PLEASE before you encourage everyone to switch to CFLs and disable your entire bag of light bulbs, do a search on EMFs, also known as "dirty electricity". Incandescent bulbs do not put out enough EMFs to even notice, but CFLs emit a surprisingly high level known to cause health problems in susceptible individuals, such as skin rashes, migraines, elevated blood sugars in diabetics, and arthritic conditions. (I learned about all this because I've seen it first hand) Also, unlike European CFLs, American CFLs do not have the capacative circuit meant to lower electricity usage, so they actually end up increasing your power usage, not lowering it.
Also, consider the fact that CFLs contain toxic chemicals like mercury, risking exposure to your family members if one is accidentally broken, and they can't just be thrown in the trash like regular bulbs.
If you are still opposed to Incandescent bulbs and want a REAL green option, consider LEDs. (THEN you can make your light-bulb Christmas Tree!)
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cityup (author)  Dudeyowuzup3 years ago
thanks for the mouth-wash.
lego1874 years ago
would be cool if you could make it into a kinda chandelier. would look like an icicle
twopussez lego1872 months ago

Design one :)

cityup (author)  lego1873 years ago
This was made for the movie "Earthbound" with kate hudson. Filmed in New Orleans.
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twopussez2 months ago

The Instructables Ive been waiting for. I have this massive pile of used lightbulbs Ive been hanging onto in the sure & certain knowledge that one day someone would post a sufficiently appealling re-use project. Tadaah! Thanks.

Danielfish5 years ago
That's very nice! If you were a bit of a daredevil you could put the fairy lights in as you glue (if you're careful enough) so that the light will be at the top too.
Good idea.
komecake4 years ago
  I didn't realize how much I loved this until I read the instructions. I can't wait to make this for Christmas. :)
richms4 years ago
This is a good use of them. Sadly I am going the other way with the high failure rate of CFL's vs the incandedents, and I dont think the spirals would look as good with CFLs instead.
heatherjuju5 years ago
New years resolution - change out all your regular bulbs for CFL's and you will have enough to make this project... a new tree for next year! great project..
blugyblug5 years ago
"Start to replace your light bulbs with CFL's and" But who the HELL?! Has that many lightbulbs shoves in their roof? I knew something like this would come out, the instructables culture is everywhere. But seriously, this is awesome lol
You can also ask friends and family for their old bulbs.
go to a light center that has big display. they'll give you a box at least the size in the pictures
cityup (author)  blugyblug5 years ago
How many light bulbs in your den?
Cupajo5 years ago
Wow! Very cool! I wonder if something like this could be done with ping-pong balls ala thisthis. It would be a little less breakable.
Lftndbt5 years ago
WoW!! Added to my group! Very slick work.
Sunbanks5 years ago
That's really cool! I need to start getting people to save our burnt out lightbulbs...
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