There are lots of ways to upcycle all kinds of things these days, but who saves burned out lightbulbs? Well, when you can turn them into something this beautiful, who wouldn’t? In fact, after I finished a few of them, I scoured my house checking for more burned out bulbs I could use. I was so disappointed that I couldn’t find any—that had to be a first! Then I delightedly remembered that one of our outside lights was out! I can hardly wait for another light to burn out so that I can add to my fruit bowl.

Materials Needed

  • Lightbulbs
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Yarn – a thick variety will be easier to work with (a $2.97 skein enough for 8–10 pears)
  • Twigs for the stems


  1. Begin at the bottom of the bulb with a small dab of hot glue and start attaching the yarn in a circular pattern.
  2. Continue attaching yarn, gluing as you go, working around the lightbulb.
  3. When you make it to the top, you are ready to make the stem of the pear; attach a small twig to the top of the lightbulb with hot glue.
  4. Cover up the glue at the base of the stem with yarn.
  5. Cut the yarn and tuck the end down inside.
  6. Fill up a bowl of these lovely pears for your table!

Make These Lovely Decorative Pears with Lightbulbs!