Upcycled garden lights.
Awww…so sad, last of the Christmas crafts. I can’t believe how fast it went by this year. Think it might be from watching that riveting impeachment all over the screens. Nah, just pulling your leg , that stuff is not only boring but incredibly heartbreaking to witness the divide it is causing our country…this is not good everyone, but you all already know that. It is so upsetting that at a time when we all should be celebrating, loving and getting along with each other, this is happening.
Okay, back to Christmas and all the beautiful reasons why we celebrate and love it, because well, you all know. I have another post scheduled tomorrow where I address that. I am trying to keep these DIY posts of mine short and sweet. I am so sorry about the rant. I really want peace and love for the whole world and this comes from a place of love. We all, every single human being on this planet needs to step up and start being kind and love one another.
This is a project from a couple of years ago. One day after a long hot summer here in July I stepped out into my garden to clean up the mess everywhere and had to get rid of my garden lights. They had died and burned out over the summer. They were broken and faded, just a huge mess.
The bulbs were still good though, for craft projects that is. So I cleaned them up to turn into ornaments.
Then I used a box tray (the kind they give out at Costco) and made a drying rack for my bulbs and painted them a cream color.
After they dried I painted them in all different styles. I even decoupaged fabric hearts on some. To add a hook I just added a pom pom to a wire hook and glued inside the bulbs to hang from. You can also glue twine inside the tops. The plastic parts that were part of these garden lights had become broken. They were chipped from the heat and sun eating them away. I had to get creative with how I was going to hang them up.
I made snowmen bulbs and added little snow caps, then hung strings and hooks from the hats. The hats are so simple to make. Just cut a rectangle shape from fabric, fold over and either glue or sew up the side. Sew a little folded cuff on the bottom, then tie of top and trim.
The hats look so cute on the bulbs. Hard to tell these used to be broken garden lights. And to think these would have ended up in the dump.
I even added white and red paint to the bulbs and swirled around the two colors to create pretty designs.These types of ornaments have always been done for decades now, so fun to make too.
I don’t keep all my craft projects.I give away a lot.
I will either add them to my cookie plate packages, donate them to church craft sales, or exchange them for credit at a store here in our city that will except things to sell in their store where you either get cash back or credit. We took credit one year because I needed a camera. We ended up getting two used Nikon cameras along with a camera bag and all kinds of filters. So fun to barter. The camera I use for this blog site came from me recycling projects that would have otherwise gone to a landfill to pollute our planet.
These bulbs helped contribute to our camera fund. They are also easy to make. I even added some yarn hair to some of my ornaments
You can create just about any style of ornament you want.
Have fun upcycling everyone.