Cheri: Well, another project come and gone. This one did not freak me out too much. I am always making little projects.
Sometimes I will see an object that I really like because it stirs up memories of being a kid. That is what happened when I bought these Christmas tree light bulbs at a garage sale a few months ago. I was drawn to the color, (pink) and I really liked the vintage feel of them too.
I knew that I would never use bulbs like these on a lighted string (who could trust them), but I still liked the look of them. They were the kind of lights we had on our tree when I was a kid. I don’t even know if these are sold anymore. They do have a tendency to get hot and really the newer, small lights are brighter.
When I saw them for 50 cents, I couldn’t think of anything to do with them at the time so I tucked them away for when an idea came. When this project was discussed, I felt that I could possibly use the light bulbs for something. I was pretty sure what I wanted to do and I was also sure that the idea would work pretty well. All I really needed was hot glue, ( I am the Queen of hot glue).
For the 14 point star ornament, I started out with glue on the metal tips and then I put one light bulb in the center on each side. I tried to do this mathematically but as I am math challenged, I decided to go by sight. It came out pretty well the first time and I knew that I really didn’t want to press my luck so I decided it looked pretty symmetrical.
For the eight point stars, I just glued 4 together and glued 4 more together and attached them. I hot-glued buttons onto them to cover the glue in the center.
I then decided I needed a hanger that was not very noticeable. In the box were 2 bulb clips, so I took one bulb off the star, attached the clip and then glued the bulb back on. This way I can attach a hook to it.
All in all I was quite pleased with the outcome and I think it will look terrific on a tree. The best thing is it was really simple and cheap. I just love it when a plan comes together.
11 thoughts on “Crafty Challenge 5: Star Christmas Tree Lightbulb Ornaments”
I just love these. Such a great idea!
I too remember this bulbs on my Christmas tree as a child……they would make a pretty & interesting wreath; especially if they were reminiscient of your childhood……my dad favored only red & green lights for a few years so that would make a wonderful memory item. I just might have to do that with the boxes of house lights I have in storage from my Mama.
A wreath is a great idea, especially if it always reminded you of your dad! A Christmas tree would be nice, too, not that I’m hinting … Loryn
I’m not quite understanding how you glue them together – is there something in the interior to which you glue the bulbs? For the 14 point one you say, ‘glue on the metal tips and then I put one light bulb in the center on each side.’ In the center of what? Could you please email me I really want to make these – they’re awesome! Thank you!
T. Yoder – firstname.lastname@example.org