DIY Light Bulb Bugs! A Fun & Easy Recycling Project
They're fun to make and they're a creative way to recycle your bulbs
So in this Instructable I’ll be explaining the very simple steps behind making a bug/insect/otherworldly creature by recycling a light bulb.
I guess most people will have a dead and broken light bulb lying around, and this project can use any shape of light bulb….in fact, the shape will no doubt give you inspiration for the type of creature you want to create.
Read on to find out more…
Step 1: Gather Supplies
Very little is needed for this project, depending on how adventurous you go with it.
– A light bulb
– Wire; I used 1.5mm black aluminium craft wire that is cheap and easy to shape
– Wire cutters
– Round nosed pliers; I used my set of jewellery pliers
– A plan; you can of course follow my plan, or you can make a design completely of your own, but it’s important to have the design in mind before you start!
Step 2: First Pair of Legs
First straighten the wire between your fingers before you use it. It’s really easy to do this with aluminium craft wire, but if you’re using a different kind of wire you might be better using pliers to help you.
Then you wrap a length of the wire around the metal section of the light bulb.
Wrap it once around, and then some, to get the ‘legs’ sticking out in the same direction. If you wrap tight enough and get the wire in the grooves, you shouldn’t need to add glue at all in this project.
The length of wire you use depends on the leg length you want, but the straight ‘legs’ on mine were around 15cm (6″) long each.
You then follow the photos to bend the wire backwards towards the glass bulb, so they lie horizontal, then bend the legs downwards part way along. Not straight downwards, but angled a bit backwards for stability.
You can then use your round nose pliers to make a spiral on the ends of the legs for the feet.
Step 3: The Second Pair of Legs
You then repeat the previous step where you wrap the wire around the metal grooves to form two more ‘legs’.
The length of wire should be the same as what you used for the first pair of legs. These legs, however, will be bent outwards and forwards, before being bent downwards.
Then add the little spirally feet 🙂
At this point you will need to put the bug down on a flat surface to make sure it balances on the 4 feet. If it doesn’t you’ll have to change the position of the wires until it does.
Step 4: Spiral Feelers
I do like my spirals don’t I?
For the last step, I once again wrapped a section of wire around the metal part of the bulb. I had to wrap this wire on top of other wire because I’d run out of grooves to use.
This wire used for this section can be a little shorter than the legs, and then you simply use your pliers to make a big spiral facing forwards. Check that these don’t overbalance your bug, and if they do you will need to put the front legs more forwards or put the ‘feelers’ further back.
Step 5: Finished!
And here is a photo of my light bulb bug being chased by a baby Tapir. Just because.
And that’s it, you’ve finished!
There are all kinds of variations you can do of course, including:
– Using different thicknesses and colours of wire
– Basing the design on a different type of insect, or making your own mythical creature
– Adding paint, beads, paper or fabric decoupage…or other embellishments
– Adding wings
– Making it from weatherproof materials, attaching it to a thick wire ‘stake’ and putting it in a flower bed/plant pot
– Make a flying bug and hanging it from the ceiling
– Adding LEDs to make the bug glow (thanks to commenters for this suggestion!)
See also: Dress Up Your Drinks: A Guide To Making Stunning Edible Flower Ice Cubes
- edible flowers — You can usually find a selection of edible flowers at your local grocery store in the herbs section.
- ice cube trays
1. Collect your flowers and make sure to wash them–look out for bugs if you harvested your own. You might choose a specific color palette or a confetti of flower fun, like I did! Each flower has a different flavor, so you might try some flavor pairings. I noticed that once the cubes melted, some guests were adventurous enough to eat the petals, but a lot of guests simply enjoyed them floating in the drink as a garnish.
2. Fill each compartment of the ice tray halfway with water. Sprinkle some flower petals in each space and then fill the rest of the way with water. I found it helpful to use a pitcher to top off each compartment so that they didn’t overflow. Many of the petals will float to the top. I recommend pushing them down to make sure they’re wet, which will help them sink a bit. If you have time, you can double freeze them to disperse the flowers more evenly. Fill the compartments halfway with water and flowers, freeze them, and then add more petals and water to top off the cubes and freeze again. I used this method for half of my cubes and loved adding these lovely chamomile flowers to the top!
3. Leave the cubes to freeze overnight. If you’re making multiple batches, store them in paper bags in the freezer to avoid sticking together.
4. Add them to your favorite beverage and enjoy!
See also: 5 Creative Uses For A Bouquet Of Almost Dead Flowers
All good things must come to an end, and sadly, as beautiful as they are, bouquets of cut flowers are no exception.
Beautiful in bloom, your flowers can still make a wonderful edition to your home even after they’ve dried out.
Here’s how best to use them to brighten up your home.
1. Press them
Pressed flowers can be used to make elegant cards, bookmarks or anything else you might fancy.
2. Make your own potpourri
Your dried roses can make sweet smelling potpourri.
You can leave them to dry naturally in sunlight or in the oven with a few slices of citrus fruits and cinnamon sticks, spritzing them with your favourite essential oil first.
If you’re doing it this way make sure you leave them in the oven until the flowers are brittle but not burnt.
Once cool, put the mixture in a bowl and spray with the oil again.
3. Freshen your bedroom drawers
Adding dried rose petals to your drawers make for a cheap, easy way to keep your clothes smelling fresh.
4. DIY bath salts
Add a few dried petals to Epsom salts, powdered milk and essential oils to create your own quick and easy spa-like experience.
5. Make your own rose water
Great for the skin and easy to make, all you’ll need to create your own rose water is some dried rose petals and water.
Boil water in a pan before adding a handful of dried rose petals and let the water simmer until the petals lose their colour.
Then turn the heat off and let the water completely cool before pouring it through a sieve into a spritzer bottle.
Store it in the fridge and it will last for a month.
See more: Apple Cider Vinegar For Weight Loss: Does It Really Work?
If you’re looking for ways to maintain your health, you’ve probably done some online research. And odds are good that you’ve run across articles on the health benefits of apple cider vinegar. But did you know that new evidence suggests apple cider vinegar for weight loss might also be a good idea?
The idea that something you have in your pantry right now might play a role in losing weight is exciting, isn’t it? Here’s a look at how apple cider vinegar, or ACV, could help you drop a few pounds – as well as some of its other potential benefits.
How It’s Made?
The fermentation process is key when it comes to making the apple cider vinegar you see at your local grocery or health food store. It’s made by crushing or cutting apples and combining them with yeast. The yeast converts the sugar in the apples to alcohol. Bacteria are then added to convert the alcohol to acetic acid.
Acetic acid is one of the main reasons that people recommend apple cider vinegar for weight loss. Here are some of the ways it works:
Reducing Body Fat
A lot more human research needs to be performed on whether apple cider vinegar for weight loss is a good idea. But the early results show promise.
For example, there is some evidence to suggest that acetic acid helps with weight loss by reducing body fat.
According to one study, more than 150 people received either 15 milliliters (ml) of apple cider vinegar, 30 ml of the liquid or a placebo daily for three months. The participants who consumed apple cider vinegar had less abdominal fat and lower body weight than those who drank the placebo.
Increasing the Sense of Fullness
Another way that apple cider vinegar could help with weight loss is by making you feel fuller. One study included a group of people given bread soaked in apple cider vinegar. The other group received regular bread. According to the results, the participants who ate the vinegar-soaked bread reported feeling fuller than the other group.
Other Health Benefits of ACV
Additional research suggests that apple cider vinegar may offer other types of health benefits. Here are just a few of them:
- Blood Sugar Maintenance: People suffering from health conditions related to increased blood sugar levels, according to one study, had lower levels when they consumed apple cider vinegar along with a high-protein snack shortly before going to bed.
- Potential PCOS Benefits: Apple cider vinegar has been shown to help reduce symptoms in women suffering from a condition known as polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS. This is a hormonal disorder characterized by increased levels of the male hormone androgen, as well as irregular menstrual periods. According to one study, women suffering from PCOS saw an improvement in their symptoms after consuming apple cider vinegar daily for 110 days. There is also evidence that massaging the liquid into stretch marks after pregnancy could help to reduce both their appearance and their size.
- Anti-Microbial Properties: Research shows that apple cider vinegar is effective in killing two kinds of harmful microbes known as Candida albicans and Enterococcus faecalis. Another study showed that the liquid also kills the dangerous E. coli bacterium. E. coli can cause serious symptoms, and it can potentially cause kidney failure in older adults and children.
- Reducing Bad Cholesterol: Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is known as “bad” cholesterol because it accumulates in the arteries and increases the risk of developing cardiovascular problems. There is evidence that apple cider vinegar may play a role in reducing the levels of LDL in people who have high cholesterol readings.
- Diarrhea Relief: The pectin found in apple cider vinegar, according to research, helps to support the beneficial bacteria found in the “gut” or gastrointestinal tract. As a result, it may help to reduce the occurrence of diarrhea in people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.
- Skin Health: Apple cider vinegar contains several organic acids that have been shown to kill Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) bacteria. P. acnes has been associated with the development of acne.
The Bottom Line
Is apple cider vinegar a “miracle” weight loss product? No, but ACV is linked to weight loss, and other health benefits. Combined with a healthy diet and exercise, ACV may be helpful in the battle of the bulge.
That being said, ACV is powerful, so always dilute it before you take it. And, if you’re not sure whether you should incorporate it into your daily health routine, check with your doctor first.