Saturday, July 21, 2012

Uses for lightbulbs: wedding bouquet preservers

If it has been more than a year since you got married, your lovely wife's wedding bouquet might not be doing so well and she might be thinking of not keeping it any longer.

If so, you can use an emptied light bulb to protect at least some of the dried flowers.

The trick is to use one of the bulbs that you've emptied for your lightbulb art where the metal screw-in plug part has come off. This gives you enough of an opening to put a rose blossom inside the bulb.

For the base, use a piece of the tree root that was dug up beside your house when they fixed the foundation.

With your bulb, wood and flowers:

  1. Give the wood a few coats of the varethane that your lovely wife used on the new stairs. 
  2. Drill a hole in the wood that is just bigger than 1" in diameter. 
  3. Put the dried blossoms and flowers in the bulb in as artistic a way as you can. 
  4. Put putty in the hole. 
  5. Insert the bulb in the hole. (If I did this again, I'd put grains of rice in the middle of the hole so they would absorb excess moisture.)
  6. Secure the bulb with elastic bands until the putty dries.
  7. Display the finished piece somewhere that does not get direct sunlight. (Maybe because there's no rice inside, or because I did it on a humid day, when the bulb is in direct sunlight, condensation forms on the inside of the bulb.)


Anonymous said...

You are indeed a brilliant and creative man.

Manon said...

Redvera... He sure is!