Lightbulb Pears

I had this “idea” to make an accessory for my house out of, you guessed it—old light bulbs!  They already sort of looked a little like pears.

So here’s what I did:  I paper mache-d over an old burned out light bulb.  I even made my own non-toxic glue by bringing one cup of water to a boil and adding 1/8 of a cup of flour to it.  Whisk it like crazy and let it cool.  This glue will last for only a couple of days in the refrigerator, so you’ll need to use it quickly.

Then dip pieces of newspaper into the “glue” and apply them to your light bulb.  Cover it completely and do several layers.  It’s messy, but non-toxic!  Let your bulb dry completely and then hot glue a real twig to the top, as the stem.

Next cover the stem with blue painter’s tape and spray your pear with any color spray paint you like.  I think all sorts of colors will work for this project!  Make it work with your decor.  I used Design Master Super Silver spray paint and Design Master Antique Gold.

After the paint is dry, antique the “pear” with a dab of black or burnt umber on a slightly damp paper towel.  Let the paint collect in the imperfections of the paper mache.  Then seal your project with a couple of coats of matte acrylic spray.

Remove the blue tape from around the stem and that’s it!

A perfect little accessory for your home that couldn’t be more inexpensive to make!  You’ve recycled an old light bulb and some old newspaper, used a little flour, and a bit of paint, and acrylic sealer—why this project costs practically nothing.  The pennies in the cookie jar will remain safe!

Use your light bulb pears in a bowl, put them under a bell jar, attach them (using blue museum clay easily found at office supply stores) to your mantel.  Or hang them as ornaments on a Christmas tree.

Now, I can do that!  And you can, too!



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  1. Michele Lovell

    Awesome!!! I saw these on Craft Gossip’s FB page and my jaw dropped. How clever! I thought of an idea for the acrylic spray step – The pears can be hung from a clothesline both to be sprayed and to dry!

  2. Amanda

    Great idea! I’ll be featuring these on Craft Gossip later this morning. :)

  3. Marian Griffin

    I knew there was something I could do with those old light bulbs. This is perfect! I can do that, Polly.


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