Upcycled Valentine Lightbulb

Ooohhh, Valentine's Day is so close!!

I still have a couple more Valentine-themed posts to share so I'll squeeze them in!

This one is something I saw on Pinterest and wanted to try.

Upcycled Valentine Lightbulb

Upcycled Valentine Lightbulb
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Upcycled Valentine Lightbulb

I have never taken a lightbulb apart so I was a little nervous about it and actually wore gloves and safety glasses. It turned out to be pretty easy though.

This is what the end of the lightbulb looks like. The first thing to do is remove the little metal end piece.

Upcycled Valentine Lightbulb

I used the wire cutters to grab the sides of it and managed to get it off with no troubles at all.

Upcycled Valentine Lightbulb

Next, you'll need to remove the black glass piece. I drilled into the center of it with increasingly larger drill bits thinking if I could get the hole big enough for the needlenose pliers that I could remove it but it cracked during the drilling process. That turned out to make it really easy to remove the black glass in pieces.

Upcycled Valentine Lightbulb

This glass will get everywhere and it will be tiny little shards so I recommend doing this on some newspapers or something.

Upcycled Valentine Lightbulb

Upcycled Valentine Lightbulb

Now you're left with the inner wire and glass pieces.

Upcycled Valentine Lightbulb

Stick the screwdriver in and move it around to break the inside pieces.

Upcycled Valentine Lightbulb

I used a wood carving tool to make a little indent in the base where the lightbulb will sit but you don't have to do this part.

Upcycled Valentine Lightbulb

Paint it with the color of your choice and distress the edges with sand paper if desired.

Upcycled Valentine Lightbulb

Form a heart shape from the red wire. It can't be too big because it has to fit through the bottom of the lightbulb.

Upcycled Valentine Lightbulb

Use a fine-point Sharpie marker to write the words, "You Light Me Up!!"

Upcycled Valentine Lightbulb

Drill a hole in the center of the base and glue the wire heart into it.

Upcycled Valentine Lightbulb

Put a bead of E-6000 glue around the edge of the hole where the lightbulb will rest and lower it down over the heart. Allow time for it to dry and then add some trim to cover the glue and rough edges.

Upcycled Valentine Lightbulb

Sweet and simple yah?!

Upcycled Valentine Lightbulb

Upcycled Valentine Lightbulb


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Upcycled Valentine Lightbulb