Crafty Challenge 5: Star Christmas Tree Lightbulb Ornaments

Star ornament made from Christmas lights

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.

14 point Christmas tree lightbulb star ornament.
Christmas lightbulb ornament
The back of the 14 point star ornament with hanger.
Christmas lightbulb ornament
Four lightbulbs glued together end to end into a four point star and then two of those flat stars glued together to form an eight point star.
Christmas lightbulb ornament
The back of the eight point star with a close-up of the wire hanger,

9 thoughts on “Crafty Challenge 5: Star Christmas Tree Lightbulb Ornaments

  1. 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.

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