Christmas Banner with Lightbulbs

A Christmas banner with lightbulbs.

Making a Christmas banner with old Christmas tree lightbulbs is a fun, easy and cheap craft to do for the holidays. A Christmas banner with old lightbulbs is a fun and easy holiday craft. |

I’ve finally caught up on all of my Christmas decorating and I’m so excited to share a favorite craft, a Christmas banner with lightbulbs. Huh??? Yup, I used old Christmas tree lightbulbs to make a banner for my guest bedroom. I love how it turned out, plus it was so easy to do. Who doesn’t love that?

I had a few Christmas crafts I wanted to do this year and a Christmas banner with light bulbs wasn’t one of them, but when I found a few dead bulbs floating around in our Christmas boxes, I decided to try to make a banner for the guest bedroom.

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A Christmas banner made with old lightbulbs. |

The idea was to spray them with vinegar water and Rust-Oleum Mirror Glass Spray Paint, to make them look like mercury glass, and then string them up with red and white baker’s twine. Sounds reasonable right? I certainly thought so. 😉

A Christmas banner made with old lightbulbs is a fun and easy craft. |

First, I stuck the bulbs into a piece of insulation we had leftover, to make them easier to spray, and then I sprayed one coat of the Rust-Oleum Mirror Effect Spray. I let the paint set up for a minute and then I lightly spritzed the bulbs with a vinegar and water solution (just like I did when I turned a mason jar into a lamp here, and an old window into a mirror, here)

DIY lightbulb bannerThe spray actually dries very quickly but I waited until the next day to string them with the baker’s twine. To do that I made a simple knot and put the bulb in the loop. A loop was tied on each end to hold the banner up, and we were in business. (No, I don’t have man hands, they belong to the hubs…because he refuses to touch my camera. 😉 )

A Christmas banner made with old lightbulbs and baker's twine is a fun holiday craft. |

See…super easy and I really love how my Christmas banner looks on the barn wood shelves in the guest bedroom!

A Christmas banner made with old lightbulbs. A fun and easy holiday craft.

A Christmas banner made with old lightbulbs and baker's twine is a easy and fun holiday craft.

A Christmas banner made with old lightbulbs and baker's twine is a fun and easy holiday craft. |

I have several other holiday crafts I can’t wait to share, plus my holiday home tour. Happy holidays!


I have a couple of other fun Christmas crafts you can check out…

Making living Christmas ornaments with succulents. DIY Christmas Ornaments 

A deer head doormat for the front porch. An easy DIY project.DIY Deer Head Doormat

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  1. Sunday,December 6, 2015 / 8:30 pm

    I need to try that spray! Every time I see an amazing project with it, I want to try it! I love that you used it on the bulbs. They look so great!

    • Kristi
      Monday,December 7, 2015 / 12:45 am

      Thanks so much! I think I my have an obsession with this spray but it’s so fun to use. 🙂

  2. Sunday,December 6, 2015 / 9:47 pm

    Super charming. I love banners and this one is so pretty!! 🙂

    • Kristi
      Monday,December 7, 2015 / 12:46 am

      Thanks Kim! This is actually my first banner and it won’t be my last. 😉

  3. Jessica [Havok]
    Sunday,December 6, 2015 / 10:48 pm

    Oh this is so cute! Also, getting to play with spray paint! 😀 I love bunting of all shapes and sizes and variety, and this one is certainly unique (in the most best way possible!).

    • Kristi
      Monday,December 7, 2015 / 12:48 am

      Thanks Jessica! Playing with spray paint is so much fun! I’ve never made a bunting before but I hope I can do it again…soon! Have a great week!

  4. Monday,December 7, 2015 / 12:30 am

    What a super idea and repurpose. I am glad I didn’t throw out the non-working lights I had. Thanks for the inspiration! ;o)

    • Kristi
      Monday,December 7, 2015 / 12:59 am

      Thanks Lucy, I’m so glad that you were inspired! It was so fun to make and I love the results!

  5. Monday,December 7, 2015 / 4:46 am

    Kristi, I love it! What a beautiful idea, I love the silver spray you used and how it looks above your guest bed, it’s so so nice!!!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,December 8, 2015 / 2:34 am

      Thanks so much Katrin, I’m really happy with the way it turned out!

  6. Monday,December 7, 2015 / 5:20 am

    I love this idea, Kristi! Your shelves looks so pretty with the addition of this garland. (And I love the shelves, btw!)

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,December 8, 2015 / 2:35 am

      Thanks Paula! To be honest, the shelves are my favorite part of the guest bedroom, and the reason I decorate them for the holiday. 😉

  7. Monday,December 7, 2015 / 5:39 am

    This was a fabulous idea! I love it and it is so simple and repurposeful!! 🙂

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,December 8, 2015 / 2:37 am

      Thanks so much, I love them too! 😉

  8. Monday,December 7, 2015 / 10:13 am

    Your Guest room turned out great. Great idea for the random bulbs. The first thing I thought was how like a fireplace mantel your shelves are. They give you a place to decorate through the seasons just like a mantel would. Glad you clarified the man hands this time. LOL Debbie

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,December 8, 2015 / 2:44 am

      Thanks Debbie! I don’t usually decorate the bedrooms but this room is a favorite, and one we look at all the time because it’s next to the kitchen, so I like to do a little something. So glad you stopped in today Debbie! Hope you have a great week! 🙂

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,December 8, 2015 / 2:45 am

      Oh, and the man hands clarification…just for you my friend! LOL 😉

  9. Monday,December 7, 2015 / 10:38 am

    Wow, those strung bulbs are super cute! I love that they are all the same…simple and fun!!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,December 8, 2015 / 2:46 am

      Thanks Julie, it really was a fun and simple project. Glad you like them.

  10. Monday,December 7, 2015 / 12:08 pm

    Love the bulb idea !!!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,December 8, 2015 / 2:55 am

      Thanks Vel, it was a fun project to do!

  11. hollybertone
    Monday,December 7, 2015 / 2:20 pm

    Visiting as a fellow participant from the #HomeForChristmas blog tour. Your Christmas vignette is gorgeous! Pinned!!! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours. Hugs, Holly

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,December 8, 2015 / 3:04 am

      Thanks so much Holly, I appreciate it. Happy Holidays to you! 🙂

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,December 8, 2015 / 3:18 am

      Thanks Marie, I appreciate it! I love how they turned out. 🙂

  12. Monday,December 7, 2015 / 8:43 pm

    Kristi, this is awesome! I have to do this one, love it! This blog hop stuff is so fun!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,December 8, 2015 / 3:20 am

      This hop stuff is definitely fun. 😉 Thanks Laurie, it was such a fun project to do. Hope you try it.

  13. MaryJean
    Monday,December 7, 2015 / 8:43 pm

    This is a really cute idea and I love the mantle with the pine garland too, but forgive me, my eye went to the bed with the white covers and red pillows. I love it! Better get myself going for Christmas decorating. I haven’t done anything yet. That darn bathroom has been taking all my spare time!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,December 8, 2015 / 3:24 am

      Thanks MJ. I don’t usually decorate bedrooms but I really love doing this one up and I love the red with the white too! I know how hard it is when a project lasts forever. Hang in there…I’m sure it will look fabulous when your done. 🙂 Have a great week my friend!

  14. Wednesday,December 9, 2015 / 2:06 am

    I love this idea! We all have burned out bulbs and rather than throw them out you have shared an amazing idea! I love it!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,December 9, 2015 / 6:07 pm

      Thanks so much Thea! I love it when I can reuse something and give it another use, just like your awesome birdbath project. 😉 I appreciate you stopping in.

  15. KR
    Friday,December 11, 2015 / 12:42 pm

    This post was so inspirational for many reasons. Not only do I love the Christmas lightbulb garland, but it helped me see I can make use of other red bed coverings/linens I already have on hand to decorate bedrooms for the holidays instead of spending thousands on the Christmas patterned ones I’ve been coveting.

    Thank you for the tips/gorgeous decorating ideas!

    • Kristi
      Saturday,December 12, 2015 / 3:15 am

      Awww, thanks for the sweet comment. I’m so glad that my Christmas guest bedroom inspired you. I usually decorate simply, because I get bored easily, and I can mix and match colors without worrying about patterns clashing (besides the fact that I’m terrible at mixing patterns). 😉

      Thanks so much for stopping in. Merry Christmas!

  16. Nancy
    Tuesday,December 22, 2015 / 9:53 am

    Super cute, Kristi. I love to see things repurposed like these bulbs, instead of ending up in a landfill. Good job! Love how you dressed your guest room for Christmas. Very pretty.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,December 23, 2015 / 12:42 am

      The guest room is my favorite space to decorate for the holidays. Thanks my sweet friend, I appreciate the blog love you’ve been spreading today.

  17. Peggy Sayre
    Tuesday,October 4, 2016 / 10:33 pm

    I was wondering… have you, or do you know of anyone that painted the light set and used it? I love the banner with the Christmas light bulbs but would like them to light up.

  18. Katherine Stein
    Wednesday,November 30, 2016 / 12:45 am

    Hi there — were your bulbs glass or plastic? I’ve got loads of plastic ones but am not sure if the paint would stick…

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,November 30, 2016 / 3:41 am

      Hi Katherine. I used glass bulbs for my project. I haven’t tried it on plastic but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work.

  19. Mati
    Wednesday,November 30, 2016 / 2:55 pm

    What a great project! I love the shape of these bulbs and this is the perfect re-use.

    May I ask how you got the full, even coating on the brass base of the bulbs? From the tutorial photos, it looks as though a portion of the base would be masked off by the insulation. Was it necessary to hand-paint the bases to finish them, or did you flip and spray them? Thanks!

    • Kristi
      Friday,December 2, 2016 / 1:04 am

      Thanks Mati! I had fun making it. I actually used Rub ‘n Buff in silver to cover the base of the bulbs. A little swipe with my finger and the brass was gone. Hope this helps. 🙂

  20. Monday,November 20, 2017 / 7:55 am

    How fantastic is this??!! I LOVE these so much. I’ve not tried this technique but it sure is perfect for these bulbs – thanks for sharing!!

    • Kristi
      Monday,November 20, 2017 / 10:52 pm

      Thanks so much Lauren! It was one of those projects that I figured I had nothing to lose…they were trash anyway. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked them. 🙂

  21. Monday,November 20, 2017 / 6:38 pm

    Love this idea! So cute! Grinned and pinned!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,November 21, 2017 / 7:58 am

      Thanks so much Cindy, I appreciate it! 🙂

  22. Monday,November 20, 2017 / 7:30 pm

    I love Mercury glass, what a nifty idea, great banner and so festive! Thanks for the idea! Have a great Thanksgiving. Maria

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,November 21, 2017 / 8:04 am

      Thanks so much Maria! I’m a huge fan of mercury glass too. 🙂

      Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  23. Monday,November 20, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    This is a fantastic idea. And so very clever.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,November 21, 2017 / 8:06 am

      Thanks, I appreciate it!

      Happy Thanksgiving!

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