As promised, from last DIY Friday: Unusual, But Lovely Recycled Planters, here are the DIY lightbulb recycled planters that I made. Unfortunately I was only able to complete one the projects. But I already have everything I need for the other one, so I will be finishing and posting it soon.
To make this I followed the tutorial DIY Hollow Out A Light Bulb. But I was a bit confused and it took me a lot longer than it should have to hollow out the first bulb. Once I figured it out it was a lot easier. So you don’t have to suffer, I decided to include my own tutorial. Hopefully it will make sense.
What you will need:
- Safety glasses or at least regular glasses
- Small towel or rag you don’t mind parting with (it will be full of glass)
- Needle nose pliers
- Flat head screw driver
- Filament or string
- Small hooks and plastic anchors
- Potting soil
- Vine like plant ( I used devil’s ivy that I already had growing in my garden).
- Plain table salt
- Lightbulbs (of course)
- A box (to contain the mess of broken glass)
- Any size nail
- Glue gun
Words of Caution (from DIY Hollow Out A Light Bulb tutorial) :
- Never use a fluorescent bulb; the powder inside is very toxic!
- Use a towel or gloves in case the bulb breaks (I used a towel; also helpful to contain the mess)
- Wear eye protection; glass will be flying everywhere
- The black glass outside and the glass inside the bulb is quite sharp, use caution and try to remove as much as possible
- With the pliers lift up the four sides of the gold-colored metal circle.
- Grab the edges with the pliers and twist until it comes off.
- Now you will have black glass with a small hole in the middle (this is the messy part, I used the towel to cover the bulb to contain the flying glass). Stick a nail in the hole and push outward until the glass cracks. Now you can use the pliers to remove the rest of the glass.
- You will see a small glass tube; stick the screwdriver inside next to it and give it a push. It should break quite easily. With the screwdriver you can now remove the rest of the clear glass by pressing toward the inside of the bulb walls. Remove as much of the glass as possible.
- Shake the bulb to remove the filament, it should come right out.
- To remove the white residue take some regular table salt and swish it around till the powder is loose. Throw it out and rinse the inside of the bulb with water.
Caution: The white powder, according to the original tutorial, is not toxic but keep it away from your mouth or anything you might eat.
Here’s a pic of the box with the left over mess, I threw the towel away.
7. Tie the monofilament around the metal part of the bulb. I had to tie 3 strands, because It was tilting with the weight of the plant. Tie the 3 strands at the top forming a loop (this will go on the hook). I glue-gunned the knots to prevent them from coming loose.
8. Trim the vine just below the node and remove the attached leaf, so the root will be the first thing inside the bulb.
10. Drill a hole in the ceiling, insert the anchor and hook.
Hang it up and your done. (tip: My bulbs were still tilting a bit from the weight of the plants, so I wrapped the first leaf around the filament to counter balance.