EEEEEEkkkk!! It’s October and I’m super excited because, well, do you know what OCTOBER means? It means it’s time for 31 Days of Halloween posts! Each day this month I’ll be posting Halloween related topics for some of the spookiest, creepiest, yet cutest Halloween DIY projects, recipes, costume ideas, treats, and more. To start the month off let’s talk about making some spook-tastic … Halloween Light Bulb Ornaments.
Before you get started let me share a tip with you, plan ahead. Ask your family and friends to save their blown or expired light bulbs for you, any shape or size will do. You can buy inexpensive bulbs but it’s a shame to let all those bad light bulbs go to waste, instead just recycle your used bulbs. In my house we keep a container on our laundry shelf for blown bulbs year round.
You will need: rubbing alcohol, transfer paper (if your using a pattern), sponge brushes, shader bushes, a fine point permanent pen marker for outlining, glue gun, ribbon, or wire for a hanger, clear gloss spray sealer, and acrylic paints. I suggest using Apple Barrel Acrylic Paints, Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Acrylic Paints, Americana Gloss Enamels, or Aleene’s Premium Coat Acrylic Paints.
To make painting your light bulbs easy, pick up some inexpensive basic light fixtures, screw in the bulb, and paint. You can find this type of fixtures at any local hardware store. And not having to hold the bulb makes painting so much faster. These fixtures are so inexpensive you can buy a few of them so you can move on to a new bulb while others are drying. IF you prefer the bulbs metal end up you can still use the fixtures to hold the bulbs while you paint the base coat. Then just sit the fat end of the bulb down on an appropriately sized glass while painting or drying.
Tutorial > How to Paint Light Bulb Ornaments
- Step One: To start clean the glass bulbs with rubbing alcohol.
- Step Two: Once dry, use a sponge brush to paint your bulb with a primer coat. Or paint two coats of your base color. Let each coat of paint dry thoroughly before moving on to another.
- Step Three: Now either use your pen to transfer on your pattern or to freehand a design.
- Step Four: Use shader brushes to paint in your details. If your shading be sure to let the bulbs dry thoroughly between each step.
- Step Five: Next, go back and outline some portions with your permanent pen to make them stand out.
- Step Six: Hot glue a small loop of ribbon to the very top for a hanger or use wire wrapped around the metal end if you prefer.
- Step Seven: Hang your DRY bulb outside and lightly spray the bulb with a clear gloss spray sealer. Let the bulb hang outside about 10 minutes before taking it back inside.
And my last tip to you would be about the final touches. Depending on your design you may or may not have decorated the metal end of the bulb. Here are a few suggestions for decorating the metal end of the light bulb. For something simple just to finish it off use two coats of paint that correspond to your chosen design. Give your bulb some style by tying a small piece of ribbon, twine, or torn cloth around it scarf style. Get really creative and make a hat for your light bulb creature then use a glue gun to tack it down. And last but not least, try adding some texture or sparkle using decorative snow paint or glitter. Hangers can be made of anything from ribbon, twine, fishing line, or even thin chain really it’s your choice. You can also add a little bling by gluing your hanger into a bead and then gluing the bead on the top of your bulb.
Halloween Light Bulb Ornaments
Once a upon a time I ran an annual ornament exchange and that’s how I was introduced to light bulb ornaments. Since then I’ve painted quite a few myself but never Halloween Light Bulb Ornaments. Now I LOVE Halloween so you can just imagine what a fantastic surprise it was to have come across these spooky designs.
- Jackolantern Pumpkin (primchickpatterns) Adorable doesn’t describe the patterns for sale from this Etsy shoppe.
- Dracula Light Bulb Ornament (Pinterest) No pattern found but shouldn’t be hard to make your own version. Using a spray can top for holding drying bulbs, ingenious!
- Spider Light Bulb Ornaments (Everyday Dishes) Add some glow paint eyes and use these as part of your outdoor decorations.
- Kitty Hiding in Jack-o-Lantern Light Bulb Ornament (Pinterest) I’m sure I saw this pattern in an Etsy Shoppe.. I’ll update when I find the link.
Not all Halloween light bulb ornaments come with instructions. But you don’t always need a pattern to complete a project. Grab an outline pen and draw it yourself, besides making it a little different just makes it more unique.
- Zombie Light Bulb Ornaments (Unknown) No instructions were found, but these we’re too awesome not to share them.
- Moon Silhouetted Witch Light Bulb Ornament (Pinterest) You can find all kinds of silhouettes on google, use a black sharpie to trace the pattern on to your bulb.
- Frankie, Drac, Esmerela, Casper, Strawman, and Pumpkinhead (thegiftgumshoe) These cuties are certain to inspire you to make your own versions.
- Ghost Light Bulb Ornament (Pinterest) Another one with no instructions to be found but no worries, paint your bulbs white and use these eyes to inspire your ghost faces.
I love light bulb ornaments and I loved even more sharing these spooky Halloween Light Bulb Ornament ideas with you!
I hope you enjoyed this 31 Days of Halloween post. Be sure to come back tomorrow for my next post where I list my Top 100 Halloween Movies.
Comment below and let us know which of these Halloween Light Bulb Ornaments was your favorite.
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