Last week we wrote about some of the creative things that you can do with LED lights (we’re still working on some of the DIY LED Projects we found) but this week we discovered a cool way to reuse those old incandescent light bulbs that you may have around your home or office. (working or not) Our friends over at Team Droid have written a well detailed post on how to hollow out those old bulbs to repurpose them. The only thing we did not see in the instructions here was how to remove the black writing on the bulb without damaging the glass itself. To do this we took a dry erase marker and covered the black ink, then used a paper towel to clear the ink away. It may take a few tries to clear it all off, but we wanted to work with a completely clear bulb.
“What would you repurpose a incandescent light bulb for?” you ask?
The talented folks over at tinyterra.com have put together quite a collection of inspiring items that you can purchase from their shop. Once you’ve hollowed out your old light bulbs there are a ton of uses for them, and your terrarium can be as complicated or as simple as you want. (One example an office member thought of was to use colored sand at the bottom of one to make it look like water, and then just add a tiny plastic aquarium plant as it wouldn’t require any maintenance)
And while you can easily use these for planters, sand patterns, or even candle holders, the sky really is the limit when it comes to repurposing these lights (now that we know how to properly hollow them out.) We’re still waiting to see how some of our own DIY projects turn out.