Good afternoon everyone, hope you are well! I am here with an entry for an upcycling competition at LightBulbs Direct where they encourage to take your old bulbs and upcycle them to give them a new lease of life!
I wanted to make something really special so I decided to make a Christmas mobile with wind chimes with my bulbs as the main stars of the creation!
This year the fashion is neutral colours-twine with accents of colour and sparkle and I love that look so I used that as my inspiration.
Here are some photos of the mobile close up as its hard to appreciate from afar!
There is a little tutorial underneath so please read on if you are interested in how I made it :-)
Basically I started with twine-cheap to buy but I think a very attractive base. I used Double sided tape directly onto the bulbs glass element and began winding the twine from the top of the glass bulb and moving down, adding double sided tape as I went.
I used two types of bulbs for a different look with similar elements :-)
I apologise about the colouring in these photos-they were taken in the evening!
After they were covered I needed to work out how to suspend them. I decided to glue the twine in a loop on the metal part of the bulb, then fortify this with wire and a little more glue.
When I came to decorate my bulbs (see the close up photos in the post above) I used Crafty Ribbons Jam Pot Ribbons to cover the unsightly fixings for hanging the bulb and also to make them look pretty and give a splash of colour.
I put gingham ribbon on the candle bulbs, and polka dot ribbon on the round bulbs.
I then decorated the bulbs with a mix of wooden and felt die cut snowflakes which I added pearls or gems to. I then used a border of gems around the bulbs too.
I used two twine wreaths to create my mobile with. I used jewellery wire and lobster clasps with split rings to make it even. I then tied twine from them and chose where to put my bulbs and around these I added further decorations. I decorated the twine I suspended from the wreaths without the bulbs on with wooden snowflakes, mirrors and wooden and jute stars and again I added pearls or gems to some of these too!
I then added the wind chimes in the centre and they sound divine :-)
I really hope you like it and see how much love, time and care it took to take these bulbs and make something really special :-)
Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!