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

  2. OMG another gorgeous idea!! Love it. Contemporary yet retro if that makes any sense? Featuring when my party opens tonight! Happy New Year my friend.

  3. Thanks Kathleen. I love German glass glitter it gets better with patina year after year. Love joining Vintage Charm every week! XO- MJ

  4. Thanks so much Carol. You are the best! And, yes, it makes total sense. lol. XO- MJ

  5. Naush Samama says:

    Maryjo, I love your bulb ornament idea. Looks stunning !
    Thank you very much for sharing with us at Meraki Link Party.

  6. Thanks so much Naush! I am glad you like the ornament. XO- MJ

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