This tutorial will help you in creating the Light Bulb Miniature that’s a perfect unique gift for your beloved Valentine!
As we are a few weeks away from Valentine’s day, I know that you’re thinking of unique ways to gift your “Partner in Crime” or your BFF’s. And this light bulb miniature is a perfect solution. You can see that I made Heart Bracelet and Wine Bottle Vase just for this beautiful day.
I’ve been saving these light bulbs for special projects and almost got lost when shifting homes. But when I was searching for a tiny thing through the pile of a huge crafty mess I found this long forgotten bulbs stored away safely in a corner of a cupboard. Suddenly an idea struck and I forgot what I was searching for. Lol. I couldn’t contain myself from excitement when this light bulb miniature turned out looking pretty. This idea was a successful project.
A useless light bulb
Eiffel Tower miniature
Washi Tape/ Tissue roll
How to Make the Light Bulb Miniature
First, collect all the supplies all you need. I have put this tutorial into several steps so that you get the full idea.
Hollow out the light bulb
Next step is to hollow out the bulb. This step is a bit intimidating and should not be done carelessly. I struggled a lot and had to go through a lot of youtube tutorials to learn this. Wear safety gloves and googles first in case the glass breaks. The glass shards are very tiny, so switching off the fans (if you have) is necessary if you don’t want to have it spread around your house.
The first step in hollowing out the bulb would be removing the bulb’s base that’s in silver (do you know what is it called?). If you remove this center part first, removing other parts like the filament, wires and the stem would be much easier than you think.
Truth: I struggled a lot to remove this silver insulation from the base using single jewelry pliers and almost dented the entire base part. 🙁
Once you remove the silver base, then next part is to break the black insulation.
After removing off the black insulation from the base, next step is to pull out the glass stem. You’ll find another setup of glass coverage for the stem. Break that in order to clear out the stem and filament.
If you dented out the base like I did, then trim it off using just plain scissors.
Wash out the light bulb to clear off the dust inside the globe. Let it dry completely.
Congrats, you have successfully hollowed out the light bulb. You’ve crossed the hard part.
Prepare your Light Bulb Miniatures
While the light bulb is drying, let’s start making the tiny miniatures that’ll sit inside the light bulb.
I decided to go with the Eiffel tower miniature with the <3 heart <3 air balloon flying above.
Take cardstock colors of your choice, and cut it in the shape of hearts.
Now, you’ll have to slit the mini hearts so that they fit each other. Take two mini hearts and slit one from the top to the middle and the other from bottom to middle. Now fit them together.
To make the heart air balloon, cut a basket shape and glue some threads connecting the basket with the mini hearts.
This is how the finished mini 3D heart air balloon looks like… <3
Fitting the Lightbulb Miniatures together
First, to fit everything together, you’ll need a stand to make the lightbulb steady.
Simply take a tissue roll, cut it out, now you have the stand for your lightbulb.
Pour some glue into the light bulb and add some glitter if you want. You can switch glitter with beach sand, white sand, or could add decorative stones, etc.
Let the glitter glue dry for few hours. When it’s semi-dry, take the Eiffel tower miniature and stick it inside the globe. This way the miniature will stick to the glue and glitter and doesn’t move at all. And let it all dry.
Since I dented the base of the light bulb and cut it out, I had to come up with the way to hide the top and to hang the heart air balloon.
If you hadn’t dented the base like me (it means you’re smart…) you can take some clay and shut the top.
I took a juice carton cap and poked a hole through it. I attached another long thread to the heart air balloon and slid it through the bottle cap hole and tie a knot.
Phew… That was a lot of work… But was worth it… Here’s the almost complete light bulb miniature for your valentine. <3
I took a bit of washi tape and taped the thread knot on the top of the cap so that it’s sturdy and the knot doesn’t come off.
Now, I didn’t like the red color of the cap. So, I took some silver acrylic paint and painted it silver.
I didn’t like the toilet roll stand either. So I switched it with the golden washi tape. And it was a perfect match.
Here’s the completed light bulb miniature with mini Eiffel tower and a 3D heart air balloon inside. Enjoy… 🙂
Did you like the twist of light bulb miniature? There are not many projects that become successful when you try to implement it. I had to change a lot of it on the way of making this lightbulb miniature, the top was not meant to be dented, but it did and I had to come up with how to close it off, I had to try making out the light bulb display stand using tissue roll and I didn’t like the sight of it and had to switch it with the washi tape. It’s all about the experimentation and I’m pretty happy with how this turned out.
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