Reusing Lightbulbs: As Planters or Mini Terrariums




Light bulbs can be recycled in many forms and uses, although is not a new idea, check this site about reusing light bulb for chemical glassware testers , pretty cool, and here's another one using the same idea for a hanging vase and for salt and peeper containers (in french), it can be an excellent gift for Valentines (if you are in to that) or for any other day of the year. Finally back in my country in small town fairs they still use them as targets for shooting with airguns, which is better than just toss them in the trash I guess.

Hollowing the light bulb:
There are several instructables that had covered this already, although I first saw it in this site: DIY Hollow Out A Light Bulb, a very good step by step instructions in how to gutted out the bulb, (and also how to used for tester vessels for boil water and some other uses).
Here is another instructable about "How to hollow out a lightbulb and make a stand for it, pretty neat too.
and here a bunch of instructables more about light bulb uses an related stuff. Enjoy

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    54 Discussions

    DJ JK

    5 years ago on Introduction

    This is a verry cool project. For easter, I have made one for my mother as a present. Let's see, wat she's going to say, when she will unpack the present. :)


    5 years ago

    These Are so pretty! I have to make One myself


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I can't wait my light bulb to run off so i can start make some of these awesome planters!

    Very cool!!! Too bad all of the old light bulbs in my garage are fluorescent...

    I really like this idea. I feel one could take this to some degree of madness and get something pretty astounding.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I made one today =)
    Thanks for the idea!!!
    Hugs from Brazil.

    2 replies

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    That is so pretty! How do you get the wire wrapped around so neatly? I need an instructable on that!

    has anyone ever tried this with one of those big floodlamps? that would work great for a betta bowl.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    if you had a really small fish that didnt need alot of space, or a bigger light bulb and a betta (a betta doesnt need alot of space, but you would need a bigger light bulb to fit it in), anyways it could be a really cool fish bowl!

    These are good and all but am I the only Pyro here??? What about a Molotov Cocktail... I guess thats not really going green though.
    lol anyway good ideas!