Top 10 Christmas Decorations Made with Recycled Materials

Used Light Bulb Snowman
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Soon, standard incandescent light bulbs will be a thing of the past. In March 2009, the European Union adopted regulations that will require all household, commercial and public lighting to use halogen bulbs. What's more, energy standards in the United States mean that most incandescent bulbs will be banned by 2014. So, before they go away forever, let's craft with them.

You can make two kinds of snowmen, depending on your personal preference. Here are the materials you will need to create either style:

  • an incandescent light bulb
  • acrylic paints: white for the body; your color choice for the rest
  • swatches of material for a hat or scarf
  • crafting glue
  • small piece of wire or yarn to use as a hanger
  • decorative items, such as buttons
  • something to hold the bulb steady while you're painting, such as a toilet paper roll cut in half

To create a whole snowman complete with body, you'll first need to clean off the old bulb and paint it white. Paint the eyes, nose and mouth onto the neck of the bulb. Then, paint or glue small buttons on the large part of the bulb. You can paint the threading at the top of the bulb for a hat, or you can make a hat out of your materials. Then add a scarf and a hanger to put it on the tree.

If you'd like to create only the face of a snowman, clean off the bulb and paint it white. Paint the eyes, nose and mouth on the large portion of the light bulb. Make a small hat out of your materials and place it over the threaded top and neck of the bulb. Add a hanger to the top of the bulb and hang it on the tree.

Now that you're in the spirit of recycling, you're sure to find additional crafting gems hidden around your house. Think twice about how you could use something to decorate before you throw it away.

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