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Sam writes –

A very simple, yet elegant vase, made from a light bulb.

Recently someone came around with a free energy saving light bulb for every home. So I made something from an old burnt out bulb that the new one replaced. The bulb was hollowed out, and then suspended on a simple stand.

You need:

  • a light bulb
  • metal rod – I found mine in the junk box. I think it came from a filing system. Something around 3/16″
  • A piece of wood. I used part of a wine case. You could use anything really. Try something interesting like drift wood.
  • the basic tools: saw, drill, Dremel, pliers.

Disclaimer- Glass is sharp. Be careful. Don’t eat light bulbs. This is probably known to cause cancer in the state of California.

Light Bulb Vase – Link.


  • Light bulb aquarium – Link.
  • Make a Snowman Ornament from a Light Bulb – Link.
  • Eco-car more efficient than light bulb – Link.
  • Blog: HOW TO – Hollow out a light bulb – Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.

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