Light Bulb Hot Air Balloons

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Rook No. 17 has an adorable crafting project tutorial for re-purposing old, burned out light bulbs.  Make your own party decorations, baby room decorations or whimsical gifts for friends and loved ones. Re-use something old by turning it into something fun and new!

Materials

  • Fabric or scrapbook paper scraps
  • Burned out light bulb of any size
  • Craft bond all-purpose glue
  • Scissors
  • String, yarn or twine
  • Acrylic paint
  • Wide-mouthed bottle or a narrow glass (for drying rack)
  • Ribbon scraps
  • Plastic water bottle cap
  • Awl or bamboo skewer
  • Glitter
  • Small plastic animal
  • Permanent marker (optional)

Method

  1. Mix 1 tablespoon of all-purpose glue with 1 teaspoon of water in a small bowl.
  2. Measure the light bulb from the top-center, down to the metal base. Cut 4 petal-shaped pieces of fabric or paper to that length. Cut 4 more petal-shaped pieces in a second fabric or paper.
  3. Using a small paintbrush, brush the thinned glue onto a small area of the light bulb and set the first petal in place. Brush the paper gently with a layer of glue. Repeat with other 3 petals in the first color. (Place and glue the lighter color first).
  4. Repeat this process with the darker petals.
  5. Once all 8 petals have been glued, gently set the bulb into a wide-mouthed bottle to dry for at least 30 minutes. Turn lightbulb upside-down to dry another 30 minutes.
  6. While the bulb is drying, use a sharp pointed tool to poke 4 holes, evenly spaced, around the bottle cap.
  7. Widen the holes, if necessary, by running a bamboo skewer through each hole.
  8. Add the acrylic paint color of your choice to the bottle cap. Paint the outside first. once it’s dry, paint the inside. Allow the cap to dry completely.
  9. Apply a thin layer of glue to the outside of the cap, add glitter. Once the outside is dry, repeat the process to the inside of the bottle cap.
  10. Tie a loop in a pieces of string.
  11. While holding the loop in place at the top of the bulb, brush non-diluted glue onto the string from the top of the bulb, to the metal base of the light bulb.
  12. Tie another piece of string around the top knot, gluing to the bulb from the top to the base of the light bulb.
  13. Dry bulbs upside-down.
  14. While the glue is drying, paint the metal base of the light bulb in the acrylic color of your choice. Allow time for it to dry completely.
  15. Rub some glue on the tip of each piece of string.  Twist ends to make them easier to pass through the bottle cap holes. Allow them to dry.   
  16. Thread one end of stiff string through each of the four holes in the bottle cap. Tie a knot at the end. (Trim excess string.)
  17. Glue a small plastic or clay animal into the basket (or an object of your choice).
  18. Hang the balloon with elastic string to brighten up any room!
  19. Add a quote or sign your name using a permanent marker.

 

For a step-by-step photo tutorial, visit Rook No. 17.

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