Saturday, July 28, 2012

Pinterest Challenge #3: Light Bulb Hot Air Balloons

We all have those burnt light bulbs that we don't know what to do with...well actually we do...we throw them away. I have an idea, why not re-purpose those sad burnt bulbs and make some cute hot air balloons? You could hang them outside, make a mobile, or even just have them float around your house. Here's my how to...

So when I cam across this pin, I soon came the to realization that it was one of those weird pins that takes you to some random website where everything is written in a foreign language and next thing you know my google chrome browser is asking if I want to translate...too much work. Even when I did, they didn't give any step by step directions, so I took it upon myself to figure it out.

Here's what you'll need:
 -Light Bulbs (various sizes)
- Paint
-Super Glue
-Outlet Adpapters
-Twine/Fishing Line
-Suction Cups

Step 1: Using your cutters, snip off the prongs from your outlet adapter. Be careful not to use anything too harsh because you might risk cracking the base, I did this the first time, but it worked out because you eventually cover the whole thing anyways.

Step 2: Use painters tape to cover the bottom of the light bulb, so that you get an even line at the base. If you're using a burnt out bulb, make sure you clean it first with some warm water and soap, do get ride of any debris and dust. I used a clear bulb because I like that you can see through the base of the bulb, almost like it's floating from the basket. Once you've covered the base with tape, then screw it into the adapter so that it can stand upright, it will make drying so much easier!

Step 3: Paint! I used acrylic paints, but next time I would probably use enamel since it's better for glass. I used the paint sparingly so that it would dry quicker. Once I finished I let it dry for 30 minutes.

Step 4: Now it's time to decorate! Use more paint to create striped or polka dot designs, cover it in rhinestone or glitter! Just find your inner diva and do your thing! Once you're done decorating, remove tape and add ruffle design if desired.

Step 5: I used "Devcon Weld It" glue (for the home), very flammable, smells horrible...but that means it works right? I dabbed a little onto a paper plate and then used a cheap brush to cover the entire outlet adapter. This is when you need to work quickly so that your glue doesn't dry before you start wrapping the adapter.

Step 6: Now grab your twine and cover that base! I wrapped it all the way up making sure the twine met evenly with one another. If your glue starts to dry, especially towards the top, just dab a little more and use your brush to even it out. This happened to me a couple of times, so no worries! Press the twine firmly to the adapter and let dry for 10 minutes.

Step 7: Grab your tiny little suction cup, cover the bottom with glue, then press it onto the top of the bulb. Hold it for 2-3 minutes then let dry for a few hours so you have a strong hold. I got too eager and hung mine 30 minutes after and the next morning my bulb fell. Luckily it didn't break so it was all goooood!

Little Cutie! ^_^

Step 8: Grab your twine, yarn, string, or fishing line and tie a knot or two around the suction cup. Then tie the two ends together and hang it wherever you please!

I didn't end up liking the twine so I exchanged it for fishing line

There you have it!!!

Now you have some cute hot air balloons! Would I recommend this pin? Yes! This would be a fun thing to do with your kids or cousins or nephews or anyone younger than you so you don't look like a loser painting light bulbs in your mid-twenties. Or do it behind closed doors and never show anyone your beautiful creations. Swing by Speedy's Hardware on 1061 Folsom St to see my display! Like them on Facebook too!

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? I would love to hear from you! Also! Feel free to follow me on Pinterest, Tumblr, or Instagram!

<3 Josue