Stunning light bulb hot air balloon ( DIY )
By Emaratiya On 8 Sep, 2016 At 10:49 AM | Categorized As Craftsmen, decor and design, Your Home | No Comments

You can recycle light bulbs and make fantastic crafts about it! Vase, terrarium, hot air balloon.

Incandescent light bulbs have lit the world since the late 1800s, and for just as long a light bulb’s journey has ultimately led to the waste bin.  Some of us throw away a lot of these miraculous little orbs of glass, inert gas and tungsten filament.

This project re-purposes items that might otherwise be destined for the trash:  water bottle caps, light bulbs, and fabric and trim scraps.

 

MATERIALS

Fabric Scraps

Burned-out Light bulb, any size

Elmer’s Craft Bond All Purpose Glue

String, yarn or twine

Acrylic Paint

Wide-mouthed bottle (for drying rack)

Ribbon or ric-rac scraps

Plastic water bottle cap

An awl and a bamboo skewer

Glitter

Small plastic animal

PROCEDURES

Step 1:  Pour a Tablespoon of all-purpose glue in a small bowl and thin out with a teaspoon of water.  This creates a perfect decoupage medium.

Stunning light bulb hot air balloon – Emaratiya Women's Magazine

Step 2:  Measure light bulb from the center of the top to the line where the glass meets the metal base.  Cut four petal-shaped pieces of fabric to that length.  Cut another four petal-shaped pieces in a coordinating fabric.  The X-ACTO 8″ scissors cut through four pieces of cotton fabric with ease and precision.

Stunning light bulb hot air balloon – Emaratiya Women's Magazine

Step 3:  Using a small flat paintbrush, brush thinned glue on a portion of the bulb (where you’ll place the first petal of fabric).  Set fabric petal in place and brush glue on top.  Use the brush to push out any air bubbles or wrinkles.  Continue with a second fabric petal on the opposite side.  Glue remaining fabric petals in place on the left and the right.  There should be a petal-shaped gap in-between each piece.  TIP:  Start by gluing the lighter colored fabric in place.

Stunning light bulb hot air balloon – Emaratiya Women's Magazine

Step 4:  Repeat with the darker fabric petals.

Stunning light bulb hot air balloon – Emaratiya Women's Magazine

Step 5:  Set in a wide-mouthed bottle to dry for at least 1/2 and hour.  After 1/2 and hour, flip lightbulb upside-down and dry for another 1/2 hour.

Stunning light bulb hot air balloon – Emaratiya Women's Magazine

Step 6:  While the bulb is drying, use an awl or sharp pointed tool to poke four holes evening around the plastic cap.

Stunning light bulb hot air balloon – Emaratiya Women's Magazine

Step 7:  Widen the holes by running a bamboo skewer all the way through.

Stunning light bulb hot air balloon – Emaratiya Women's Magazine

Step 8:   Apply a base color of acrylic paint to the cap.  In this example, ivory was used.  Paint outside, then dry.  Paint inside, then dry.

Stunning light bulb hot air balloon – Emaratiya Women's Magazine

Step 9:  Brush outside of cap with glue (not the diluted batch), then dust with glitter.  Dry.  Repeat on the inside of cap.

Stunning light bulb hot air balloon – Emaratiya Women's Magazine

Step 10:  Cut two lengths of string.  (Height of the bulb x 2 plus 12 inches)

Stunning light bulb hot air balloon – Emaratiya Women's Magazine

Step 11:  Tie a loop in one of the pieces of string.

Stunning light bulb hot air balloon – Emaratiya Women's Magazine

Step 12: Hold loop in place at the top of the bulb.  Brush non-diluted glue on the string, taking care to line-up either side with the seams of the fabrics.

Stunning light bulb hot air balloon – Emaratiya Women's Magazine

Step 13:  Tie the second piece of string around the top knot.

Stunning light bulb hot air balloon – Emaratiya Women's Magazine

Step 14:  Brush glue on the remaining strings, all the way down to the line where the bulb meets the metal base.

Stunning light bulb hot air balloon – Emaratiya Women's Magazine

Step 15:  Dry upside-down.  While the glue is drying, paint the metal base of the bulb with a complimentary acrylic color.  Dry.

Stunning light bulb hot air balloon – Emaratiya Women's Magazine

Step 16:  Use non-diluted glue to set a piece of ribbon or ricrac in to place around the neck of the bulb.

Stunning light bulb hot air balloon – Emaratiya Women's Magazine

Step 17:  Using your forefinger and thumb, rub some glue on each piece of dangling string.  Twist ends slightly to make them easier to pass through the holes in the cap “basket”. Let dry for a few minutes.

Stunning light bulb hot air balloon – Emaratiya Women's Magazine

Step 18: Thread the stiffened string through one of the holes in the cap “basket”.  Tie a knot in the end.  Repeat with the string on the opposite side, taking care to tie the strings evenly so the basket will be level.  Repeat with remaining strings.  Trim excess string off of each knot.

Stunning light bulb hot air balloon – Emaratiya Women's Magazine

Step 19: Glue a small plastic or polymer animal inside the basket.

Stunning light bulb hot air balloon – Emaratiya Women's Magazine

Step 20:  Hang balloon with clear elastic string.

Stunning light bulb hot air balloon – Emaratiya Women's Magazine

Next time a light bulb in your home emits its last dying flicker, don’t toss it — transform it!

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