glitter old fashioned Christmas light bulb ornament DIY

Glitter old fashioned christmas light bulbs

This glitter old fashioned Christmas light bulb ornament was super easy to make and I love the vintage punch it carries.

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I found these old fashioned colored lights bulbs in a little antique shop in Florence, Oregon when we picked up Sebastian from college last month.  You can read more about this quaint town from our trip over the summer here{bon voyage to Oregon}.  The sweet gentleman who owned the shoppe sold me the entire bag for $1 !!!  I was so happy to find these, since I have been wanting to create this craft for a couple of years now.

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I had seen the shoppe over the summer but it was always closed and it had a sign that it was open by appointment only.  I think the Covid regulations were stricter then.  When we were there last month I noticed it was open as we were driving by to another destination and I made the hubby & Lexi stop and check it out.

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Mr. M drilled all the holes for me, which was a huge help.  He actually hammered them through.  Then I covered all the thread contact bases with painters’ tape while I spray painted them silver.  This step helps prevent the colors from bleeding and peeking through the glitter.  Once the paint dried, I used spray adhesive and glittered the bulbs on all sides.  Viola!

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I hung some of the ornaments on the nature inspired flocked tree on the front porch to add some glitz & glam but with that vintage undertone I love so much.  For the ornaments I threaded string I had in my craft stash through the holes Mr. M put through the contact bases.  

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Since I had so many, I also filled a pewter bowl which I placed on the French chest in the foyer.

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I love using German glass glitter for holiday projects.  I also used glitter for my Christmas salt & pepper shakers.

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You can see all the details to create your own cute snowy, bottle brush salt & pepper shakers by following the link above.  I love bringing these out to decorate the kitchen or holiday tables during Chrsitmastime.

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I also used German glass glitter to upcycle some dollar tree plastic snowflakes a few years ago.

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These have aged beautifully as the patina gets deeper and deeper each year.  

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If you can pick a pack of these at the dollar store I highly recommend it.  

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I also saw some old fashioned bulb reproductions last time I was at the Dollar Tree so you could have a craft glitter fest!  Hope this inspired some creativity and wishing everyone a very, Merry Christmas!

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“Do small things with great love.”

~Mother Teresa~


  1. Love that pretty glitter! Also love vintage bulbs — I collect them from thrift stores. Never thought to turn them into ornaments! Love it. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

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