A couple years back I scored a HUGE treasure of vintage light bulbs at a salvage yard. I've made jewelry with them and tinkered with Christmas ornaments, used them as vase filler… but then I wondered “what more?” That's how this Vintage Light Bulb Wreath came to be! When I joined the Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge, I knew this was the project I wanted to share.


I've paired up with a group of talented ladies to bring you a monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge. Each month we create a new home decor piece from items we've found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. There is no budget or specific theme so we are free to let our creativity run wild! 

Thrift Store Challenge Participants

Amanda | The Kolb Corner     Chelc | Inside the Fox Den     Erlene | My Pinterventures

Kim | Made in a Day     Sara | Twelve on Main     Debra | Shoppe No. 5

Shirley | Intelligent Domestications     Marie | DIY Adulation     Lindsay | Crazy Organized

Michelle | Our Crafty Mom     Julie | Live From Julie's House     Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek

Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles     Pili | Sweet Things     Sherry | Savvy Apron

Ann | Duct Tape and Denim     Dru | Polka Dot Poplars

Megan | C'mon Get Crafty     Jennifer | Hydrangea Hippo 

You can also follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!

DIY Industrial Light Bulb Wreath

This lightbulb wreath is built on a foam wreath form that you can get at any craft store. Sometimes in fall, Target has them in the $1 spot for $3!! The color does not matter because we're going to wrap it with fabric or ribbon first. This helps prevent the foam from melting when you glue the bulbs on but you can also use a hot glue made just for foam projects. Here are all the supplies you'll need:


At the same time I made this wreath, I made a few others so you'll see a variety of supplies here. You can cover a wreath form with anything you have multiple of, like light bulbs, buttons, and pearl beads.


You can get more of these bulbs from the Hydrangea Hippo etsy shop – this is the last of the stash that I got so we are offering them for a great deal, especially if you buy the 100 pack. 


Making a wreath with salvaged vintage light bulbs

The first step was to wrap the wreath form with ribbon. I secured the ribbon in place with glue and then started wrapping it around the wreath form. You can also use fabric strips. Since the light bulbs are see-through, I didn't want the foam texture of the wreath form to show through. You could also decoupage the wreath form prior to gluing on the bulbs.

Next, start gluing on the bulbs. This project is easiest if you start with the largest item first and then use the smaller items to fill in any spaces. The same is true for wreaths made with pearl beads, googly eyes, buttons, and more. I started with larger bulbs and then filled in the gaps with the small bulbs from my etsy shop.

Form a loop with a piece of ribbon and glue to the back of the wreath to create a hanger. That's it! I love this wreath on a shelf nestled between other fun decor pieces. 


Check out this tutorial video to see the making of this project in action. I hope this gives you some great ideas on ways to use unexpected materials to make a unique statement home decor piece!

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Be sure to check out all of the other creative upcycle projects my fellow bloggers have come up with! 

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.