Recycled & Reused Flower Vase

We have been in the midst of the darkest days of the year and with that the light switches stay up a little longer. And, bulbs burn out a little sooner.

Sometimes its hard to find the motivation to get out the step ladder and change those light bulbs that we’ve tried to ignore for a while. Once we do out with the old and in with the new, then what? Here at the workshop we love to find ways to recycle or reuse everyday items.

So, when the light shines no more you’ve got yourself a new vase! What a bright idea.

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It is such a cute idea, but we don’t suggest keeping the lights on just so you can have a new vase for tomorrow’s company.

Now, go collect all those used up bulbs.

What you’ll need…

  • A clear incandescent light bulb (don’t use fluorescent as they contain mercury)
  • 2 feet of 3/32″ aluminum welding rod
  • Small needle-nose pliers
  • Leather work gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • 1/4″ Allen wrench
  • Small hammer

Get started…

  1. Put on your gloves and safety glasses.
  2. Peel off the contact at the base of the bulb with the needle-nose pliers.

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  3. Carefully break the black glass at the base with a hammer and tap lightly (or use the jaw of the pliers to twist the black glass by applying little pressure.)
  4. Next, insert the wrench into the bulb and break the inner glass tube.

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  5. Use the pliers to pull out the insides of the bulb.

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  6. Now, create a stand with the welding rod. Have fun and sculpt in any way you want.
  7. Add water and your flowers.

Now, let the natural light shine in on your new vase.

Need more flower ideas? Check out all these wonderful projects and tips. Feel free to comment below!

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