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From: MaryW
Date: 11-21-2005, 10:05 AM (1 of 5)
Here is how to make them.

Light Bulb Santa Ornaments
By Monica Resinger

Here's a great way to recycle light bulbs! Make a bunch of them to hang on the tree or give as gifts. This also is a great craft to sit down and do with the kids.


Burnt out light bulb
small piece of sandpaper
white, flesh or beige, and red acrylic paints
small paintbrush
snow textured paint

1~Start with any size or shape burned out light bulb. Sand it lightly with sandpaper so the paint will adhere better. Paint the glass with a base coat of white acrylic paint.

2~Holding the light bulb with the skinnier side up, paint a 1 - 1 1/2" circle in beige or flesh on the wider part of the bulb for Santa's face.

3~Paint snow textured paint over the white paint.

4~Paint facial features and rosy cheeks on the beige. Tip: The rosy cheeks can be done with lipstick.

5~Paint the metal portion of the bulb red for Santa's hat.

6~Finish off by glueing a cotton ball on the very top of the hat. Also glue some stretched cotton around the base of the hat. Hot glue a piece of red ribbon to hang by.

Copyright, 2000, Monica Resinger

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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: Bama
Date: 11-21-2005, 04:58 PM (2 of 5)
My daughter and I did a bunch of those a few years ago. Snowmen are cute too. We painted scarfs around their necks and painted them stick arms.

When dd decided she wanted to make a bunch for her teachers, we started base coating them with white spray paint. I think it was Krylon paint. We tied strings around the top and hung them outside and spray painted them. Then we did the detail work with acrylic paints. We sealed them with a sparkly varnish.

I've seen them with felt hats and scarfs. We just painted them on ours.
User: Bama
Member since: 03-21-2000
Total posts: 2116
From: allie-oops
Date: 11-22-2005, 11:43 PM (3 of 5)
My mom makes these and sells them. She also does snowmen, penguins, pumpkins, spiders and witches for Halloween. People LOVE them!
"onward through the fog"
User: allie-oops
Member since: 10-25-2002
Total posts: 282
From: vickki
Date: 11-24-2005, 09:13 PM (4 of 5)
I joined some off my friends last week and made looked like it had plastic surgery on his eye lids......Better use a pattern next time..vickki
User: vickki
Member since: 08-21-2005
Total posts: 374
From: 4-h mom of 2
Date: 12-01-2005, 12:58 PM (5 of 5)
We just had a 4-h workshop on these. We made them look like Christmas dog. We cut out felt ears and covered the neck of the bulb with felt and made them look like hats. Then we used stick on eyes and pom poms for the nose. They were so cute!
User: 4-h mom of 2
Member since: 12-01-2005
Total posts: 7
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