DIY: Give Christmas Bulbs a Second Life

December 14, 2018

Opaque Christmas bulbs are too pretty to just toss.

Give vintage style bulbs a second lease on life with these quick projects.





The collected stash of bulbs. They’ve served well along rooflines and yards. Now it’s time for service out of the elements.  These are standard multi C9 opaque bulbs.

Have transparent bulbs on hand instead? Those would look fantastic as well.


Today’s container choices. Cast a keen eye about for a suitable container. Consider it a win if you find something already owned!

A vintage milk glass candy dish. A lone survivor of the 50’s glass purge of 2002.


Our trusty glass block vase. Available at local hobby stores. Made with a vase sized opening, drilling is not required. Have more bulbs, use a bigger block.


The lights.  Chose the tone – warm or cool – based on your decor and preference.


Keep the lights turned on to make the placement of the little bulbs easier as you layer the bulbs in and around the lights.

The block.


The dish.  As pretty as Christmas candy but no calories.  Thank. Goodness.


Turn out the lights



Shellie Gardner
Aside from throwing dinner parties that feature at least two kinds of cheese dip, Shellie's passions include travel, Mid-Century Modern furnishings and finding the perfect street taco. Has been known to snort laugh champagne.

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