DIY glitter bulbs

“I think I’m all glittered out. I have frames and a monogram and mason jars and mini clips. But but but I still have more glitter.” (seriously though, $2.49 glitter is like the damn loaves and fishes….2oz lasts forever.) These are the thoughts I have sometimes when I can’t sleep. (also serious)

While I definitely don’t think I need any more day-to-day things trashed up the holidays are a whole different story. Holidays deserve glitter. GLITTER! Everything is always so shiny and sparkly and pretty at the holidays.

Say hello to glitter bulbs:


Is it wrong that my first 2 words to describe these were “so cute!”? Can sparkly glass be cute? Don’t answer that.

And, sure, it seems this is on pinterest, but to my credit, I thought of it on my own THEN realized I wasn’t the first genius to need to add some sparkle to December.

Let’s pretend it waaaaaas my idea though, k?

What you’ll need:

clear replacement bulbs (I got these from Target, a 4-pack was $1.29)
glitter (I use createology from Michaels)
spray adhesive (I used modpodge)
**remember there are 40-50% off any one item coupons in the Michaels flyer every week**

How to:

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1. apply a thin, even coat of glue
2. immediately coat with glitter (I found it was easiest to roll bulb in a pile of glitter I poured onto some newspaper). If using a white or iridescent glitter, you may need 2 coats; I did. Once the first coast was dry I sprayed the bulbs with spray adhesive and immediately rolled in the glitter again.
3. allow to dry then spray with spray adhesive (best) or hairspray (if you don’t have spray adhesive)

As soon as they were done and drying on the kraft paper (read: I totally painstakingly attempted to make them look casual on crinkly re-used wrapping paper) I took a photo, gluey-glittery fingers and all, and sent it to sis.

She responded “soooo cute! do they burn?”

Yah, I don’t know. I have no intention of actually using these on a string of lights. (but how FABULOUS would that be?! But they may burn or explode or something bad…) This was my vision:

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