Craft using corkscrew cfl lightbulb?

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I only have one cfl corkscrew lightbulb so far, but a bunch more I want to replace. I would like to do cute crafts with them, like Santa and the corkscrew is his beard, but others, too. I did a bunch of searching but lost those ideas among the hundreds for other types of bulbs. These have the part you screw in, then a spiral of bulb. Does anybody have specific crafts in mind? Thank you. 😇

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  • the ones I see have the metal at the top, they look really cute and fairly easy to paint

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Nov 20, 2017
    Hi Jewel, I have search and searched, specifically using CFL spiral light bulb craft and I didn't find much. It might be because not a lot of people have purchased them, or because not a lot of them have burned out, or because people aren't using them due to the mercury. They are supposed to be disposed of as a toxic substance. I did find a cute angel, but the directions were taken down. Here's the picture though.
    You could also use the spiral as a skirt and make other types of lady decorations. But please be careful. Mercury is toxic and you don't want to break or tamper with the bulb, including breaking off the top. As much as we all like to recycle, I personally think it's better to dispose of these as hazardous waste.
    If you want to do it anyway, please be careful about children or animals in your house who could knock them down so they would break.

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Nov 20, 2017
    Well, I’m glad it’s not just me. Thanks for telling me why they are not popular anymore. I have not liked them from the start. I might make one and hand it high, but then I have to worry future years. I think I’ll just put them in the box with the burned out fluorescents. We can only dispose of hazardous wastes 4 days a year, and I missed the last two. Happy Tday. 😇

  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Nov 21, 2017
    How about painting the bulb like a reindeer and the corkscrew can be the antlers?

    • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Nov 21, 2017
      The bulb IS the corkscrew, but two of these bulbs would make adorable antlers, and I have another regular bulb that could be the reindeer’s face. What a great idea! Thank you 😇

  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Nov 21, 2017
    Or use the bulbs for the baskets