If you know me, you know I live for upcycling ideas and these potion bottles from recycled light bulbs are one of my favorites. Since I also live for crafting, when both of those passions collide in one project, I’m one happy mama. These upcycled potion bottles make great Halloween decorations, party decorations, props for imaginative play or a drama performance.
You may remember that I get together once in a while with my friend, J., for crafting. She kindly brought me the upcycled craft idea and all the items I needed to make this light bulb recycle craft. It’s absolutely perfect for Halloween or anytime you need DIY potion bottles.
My friends and family bring me all their
trash recyclable treasures for me to repurpose. It’s become a joke with friends. Long ago I got over being embarrassed by it and now I’m always excited by the creative inspiration that recycled items brings and I appreciate that my friends think of me (although, it amuses me that when they’re about to throw away an item they think, “Oh, no, wait! I bet Susan could do something with this piece of trash. Let me put it somewhere safe and hold onto it until the next time I see her.)
Light Bulb Recycle Craft
I am so charmed by these upcycled potion bottles. My kids think they’re super cool, too. We all agree that they look like a magician’s apothecary bottles.
- Used Flood Light Bulbs
- Duct Tape – In black, gold or silver.
- Decoupage Glue
- Wine Cork
- Labels – I found mine at The Graphics Fairy. You can download the images for free.
- Printer Paper
- Sponge Brush
- Felt Pads
Print your chosen labels out on printer paper or card stock paper. Cut the labels out.
Decoupage the labels onto the light bulbs. I prefer the matte look of the paper, so I only use the decoupage glue on the back of the label. If you want to make the labels more durable, paint the decoupage glue on the front of the label once you’ve adhered it to the light bulb.
Carefully cut the cork in half. I used a bread knife and a cutting board (or to be honest, my husband used a bread knife and cutting board). You can use the cork in it’s original size, but I prefer the proportion of the smaller piece of cork to the height of the light bulb bottle.
Use a strip of duct tape to attach the cork to the top of the light bulb bottle. Take time to make sure your cork is centered and upright on the top of the bulb. This is the most difficult part of the craft since the light bulb end is curved. Just fuss with it a bit and the cork will stay straight and then press the tape tight to hold it there.
It bothered me that the potion bottles didn’t stand up straight because the bottom of the light bulb is curved. I simply added felt pads to the bottom of the light bulb to stabilize the light bulb bottle.
It only took about 15 minutes to make these repurposed light bulb potion bottles and cost me nothing since all the supplies were things I already had (thanks to my friend, J., for the used light bulbs).
Can’t you just see these used as props in a play or haunted house setting? Of course, be careful, since they are extremely fragile. And those glass fragments would be dangerous.
This would be a great kids craft. Be sure to supervise children closely since the light bulb is very fragile.
More Upcycled Craft Ideas You Can Make with Kids
- Edible Wizard’s Crafts
- Pretend Magic Potions From Repurposed Items
- Mini Magic Potion Bottles
- Recycled Book Halloween Decoration
- Pretend Potions from Repurposed Items
- Spell Book Rice Krispie Treats
Doesn’t this light bulb recycle craft look great with my recycled book Halloween decorations? And, yes, I’d love all your used light bulbs so I can make more of these upcycled potion bottles.
Pin this upcycled light bulb potion bottle for later crafting inspiration.
I’m a mom of 3, a veteran and military spouse. I’ve moved into 20+ homes all around the world. My passion is helping busy people make the space and time for what’s really important to them.