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How to make a snowman ornament from a recycled light bulb

Updated on November 17, 2016
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Mary's hubs are inspired by her many hobbies and love for the Lord. She loves writing, art, photography, crafting, and being a grandmother.

My finished adorable recycled light bulb snowman
My finished adorable recycled light bulb snowman | Source

The kids will want to help you make these for Christmas

I don't know about you but I am always looking for ways to create some cool Christmas ornaments on a budget and with every day products that I have at home. It's a challenge at times but it's also kinda fun to do. This past Christmas my grandson Blake and I created a few of these adorable snowman from burnt out light bulbs and he had a blast. Using simple every day things you have around the house, like socks, paints brushes, ribbon, you can create these ornaments and it won't cost you a cent.

I started this tradition when my grandson Blake was only a few years old and he is 13 now. So my two other grandchildren, Macie and Wade, who are 6 and 3 respectively, have joined in on the fun as well. They made some very cute ornaments that were not as difficult to do for their ages. I encourage them to give so they make ornaments for their parents and other family members each Christmas. A few years ago my other grandchildren who live in another part of the country also were able to join in on the fun, this grandma was in seventh heaven!!!

This is such a fun and memorable time for us all. I usually have options for them and when they decide on a project we go for it. I will place white paper on my large kitchen table and lay out all the items they will need for each project. Then we have pizza and dessert and just enjoy the day creating. I am hopeful and encouraged that this time together will be a lasting memory and they will also pass along this tradition when they have kids.

So enjoy this snowman project and be assured there will be others to come.


Grab your coffee or tea and lets get started shall we!

I will do my best to share with you how to make these adorable re-cycled light bulb snowman ornaments. They are easy to do and use simple every day materials you have around the house. Kids love to make these and actually I really enjoyed making them as well. So get ready and let’s get crafting!!! This takes very little money to create and you can get one done in about an hours time.


  • Standard burnt out light bulb
  • White acrylic paint
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Orange acrylic paint
  • Teal blue acrylic paint
  • White ribbon (10")
  • Powder blush
  • Paper flower
  • Gem or half pearl for center of flower
  • White medium pom pom
  • Woman's sock (any color)
  • Pencil
  • Thread (color of sock)
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Black permanent thin marker
  • Rubbing alcohol


  • Medium flat brush
  • Hot glue gun
  • Needle
  • Scissors

1. First of all you will want to wash each light bulb and dry then with a paper towel add some rubbing alcohol and let dry. This will help the paint to adhere to the light bulb more easily.

2. Paint the entire light bulb using the flat brush and white paint. Let dry.

3. Cut the top portion of the sock and discard the rest, unless of course you want to make some of my adorable snowman sock ornaments with the bottom portion. I will do another lens with those instructions so stay tuned.

4. When the light bulb is dry using the pencil lightly draw in the eyes which are teardrop shape or you can make them round if you like. The teardrop shape gives him such a cute character. Also draw in where you want the dots for the mouth. Then draw the nose too.

5. Paint in the black portion of the eyes with the thin smaller brush as well as the teal color in the eyes. Then drop in the black dots for the mouth. With the orange paint paint in the carrot nose. Then when all these are dry take the thin brush and white paint and place dots on the black portion of the eyes, see the photo for placement. Then take the black permanent marker and outline the whole eye, keep looking at the photo for reference.

6. With the thin brush and tap into the powdered blush and pat each cheek lightly to give him color.

7. Now fold the white ribbon in half. Then take some glue and place around the backside of the top of the light bulb, glue the ribbon together in place. Be very careful because the glue is hot. This is where I usually take over because hot glue guns and kids do not mix. So I help them out with this part.

8. On the sock fold the bottom part up to make it look like a cap leaving the "cut portion" of the sock at the top. Place the sock over the top of the light bulb pulling up the white ribbon loop for hanging. Then place glue on the backside and sides of the light bulb and place the sock over those areas in place, see the photo for placement.

9. Take the needle and thread and stitch the top of the sock by gathering it together and sewing it, or if you want, you can glue it together just place a little hot glue in the center and squeeze together the top part making sure the loop is still accessible.

10. Glue the pom pom to the front section, then take the paper flower and glue onto the side, then take the gem or pearl and glue that in the center of the flower. That's it! This project is recommended for ages 10 and up, so my grandson and I did this one and my other two grand children did some easier projects. Enjoy!

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Recycled diet coke angel ornament | Source
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Recycled popsicle stick angel ornament | Source

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More fun ornament kits you can make with the kiddos!

Dimensions Needlecrafts Felt Applique, Whimsical Birds Ornaments - Set of 3
Dimensions Needlecrafts Felt Applique, Whimsical Birds Ornaments - Set of 3

Here are some very cute ornaments to make, the kit has all you need!


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      Mary Gaines 3 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Thank you....I really have fun being creative!!! Hope you get to try this one for yourself....too cute...cheers!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A very creative mind you have and so interesting of how it is made.

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      Mary Gaines 3 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      You go Jacqueline4390, have a ball. Thank you for the comments and have fun making these and some of my other crafts....cheers!

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      Jacqueline Williamson BBA MPA MS 3 years ago from Memphis

      Another great hub! I want to use some of these ideas for my ladies auxiliary club! Thanks.

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      Mary Gaines 3 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Thanks billybuc, never to early to get our Holiday crafts made.....:) thanks for your comment and pass it on appreciate it!!!!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      How very clever, and the best part of this article, from a writing standpoint, is that you wrote it three months in advance, meaning you should see maximum views of it in December. Well done!