Light Bulb Snowman

With a fresh layer of snow on the ground in the last 24 hours, I thought I would put together a tutorial for a fun snowman craft.

And this little guy has the added bonus of being made from a spent light bulb.

For materials, you will need the following:
1 - flood-light style light bulb
1 - 4" x 5" piece of fleece for the hat
1 - 3/4" x 16" piece of fleece for the scarf
1 - 3" x 3-1/2" piece of fleece for the muff
1 - 6" length of paper-wrapped wire (this is usually found in the floral supply section)
1 - small triangle of orange craft foam
1 - small rubber band
1 - small snowflake embellishment
For supplies, you will need white spray paint, sugar, scissors, black marker and glue.

Begin by preparing the light bulb. Spray a coat of white paint, covering the whole light bulb except for the screw end. To keep from getting paint on my fingers, I put my hand in a plastic bag before handling the bulb.

Immediately coat the light bulb with sugar by pouring the sugar over the wet paint, covering any wet paint. Apply another light coat of paint to set the sugar in place. You should be able to set the light bulb down to dry with minimal damage to the paintwork.

Next, begin the hat. Fold the largest piece of fleece in half, so that you have a piece that is 2" x 5". Fleece is usually more stretchy in one direction than the other. It works best to have the stretchy direction running the 4" length, since this is the part that will need to be stretched around the light bulb.

Sew or glue the open side opposite the fold, leaving about a 1/4" seam allowance.

Turn the hat right-side-out.

Gather the fleece about 1" from the end and secure tightly with a rubber band.

Use scissors to cut strips in the fleece from the open end to the rubber band.

Optionally, use pinking shears to finish the opposite end.

Fold back a short section of fleece to form a cuff.

Place the hat onto the light bulb, covering the screw end.

Next, sew the muff. Fold the med-sized fleece in half to form a 1-1/2" x 3-1/2" piece. Stitch the edge opposite the fold.

Turn the stitched piece right-side-out.

Tuck in the ends of the muff.

Next, put the wire through the muff and fold up the ends.

Glue the muff to the front of the light bulb, and position the arms.

Next, use scissors to cut fringe into the ends of the scarf.

Tie the scarf around the neck of the snowman.

Glue the nose to the face of the snowman.

Use the black marker to place eyes on the face.

Glue the snowflake to the hat.

Isn't it great to make something fun out of something you would have thrown in the trash?

Enjoy!! See my inspiration here.

And be sure to check out the endless list of inspirational ideas at my home page


  1. OMG. I can't believe you made that adorable snowman out of a LIGHTBULB. You are a genius! Thanks for linking up :) Make sure you come back soon!

  2. Lightbulb genious indeed! Your finishing touches photograph so well! Very pro outcome. Awesome talent!

    Thanks for linking up to SNS!

    FJ Donna

  3. Those are so creative and a well done post! Lezlee

  4. ok, this has got to be one of the best crafts yet. And that you made him from something I would have just thrown away...darn that missing crafty gene! Off to steal my neighbors light bulbs...hehehe

  5. I haven't seen them done with this shape bulb before. I love that he cansit and not just hang.

  6. I love the snowman! It's adorable. Can't wait to try it. Pat.

  7. That is precious! Thanks for joining the Power of Paint Party!

  8. This is adorable and it will be in my listing of favs. I will have it up in the morning and you can go see it and grab an I;ve been featured button


  9. so cute! what a great tutorial! thanks for sharing!

  10. love it so much.. how precious are all your snowmen!! we dont get to have snow here in South east Texas, so i like to have many on hand !! thanks so much Dale lillian mills

  11. Way, Way, Way Too Cute! One question: Does the sugar tolerate the weather? I notice that you have your snowguy in real snow.Will the finish stay intact? It doesn't melt or get sticky?

    Thanks for your effort and shares.

    1. Thanks! I only put it in the snow to take a picture, so it was only there for a short time. That was no problem, but I suspect the paint would peel from the light bulb if it got more significantly wet. You could try a "test" bulb and see....