These repurposed lightbulb twine pears are actually from a post I wrote back in 2013. The article itself was one of my earlier blog posts with no keywords or SEO, so I doubt anyone except my parents have ever seen it. To that end, I decided it was worth revisiting – especially given that these non-coil lightbulbs are quickly becoming extinct.
I’m using a black-light bulb in these photos, because that’s what was available at the dollar store, but clear glass or even frosted ones would be better options because they won’t show the purple between the coils of twine.
To start, I set my hot glue gun to medium heat; your hands will have to hold the twine coils in place on your repurposed bulb, so you don’t want to burn your hands or shatter the glass. Add a dollop as close to the centre as you can and press the end of the twine into place.
Continue adding a thin stream of hot glue and pressing the twine into place in a tight circle. I used three glue sticks to completely wrap my repurposed lightbulb from bottom to top and it took me less than 10 minutes.
I rolled a small piece of brown felt to create a stem and cut a small piece of green felt to look like a leaf and glued into place.
You’ve totally got this!
This is a photo from 2013 when I originally made my repurposed lightbulb pears:
They’re cute tucked into a grouping in a bowl, but I also like the look of a single one set out as a small accent.
If you want your twine pear to stand upright, just glue an extra ring of twine around the bottom of the lightbulb to give it a ring to balance on.
Five years later and I still love this little craft. What I love even more is that this is another lightbulb that won’t see landfill (unless I break it).
Have a great one!