DIY Hanging Light-bulb Vase How-To

by Bonnie in , , — Updated August 26, 2023 — Reading Time: < 1

Upcycled light-bulbs make perfect little vases. Imaging having these sweet, quirky decor items present for your ceremony or reception. You could hang single roses, dainty baby’s breath, or tiny bouquets of wonderful wildflowers. The great thing about these petite vases is that they’re easy (and cheap) to make, once you get the hang of it. The downside is that you’ll be working with glass, so you need to be careful! Ready to learn the steps? Let’s dive in!

DIY Hanging Light-bulb Vase How-To 3

You will need:

  • Beading pliers
  • Floral wire, twine, or ribbon
  • Safety glasses
  • Work Gloves
  • Flowers
  • Recycled light-bulbs


The first step is the hardest. You need to use the pliers to peel off the seal at the bottom of the light-bulb. You will then see black glass that holds the guts of the bulb inside. Break this glass carefully, using the pliers. It’s good to wear your gloves and glasses for this step.

Next, remove the “guts” and get all of the glass out of the bulb (tip upside down and shake it over a trash bin). Once the bulb is empty, you can attach wire, twine or ribbon around the circular base. Create a loop that the bulb can hang from. Fill with water and flowers. Voila! Your vase is complete.

Do you think these DIY decorations would look cute at your ceremony or reception? Leave a comment and let us know!

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