Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and I’ve been waiting for this holiday FOREVER! No, not because of the chocolates, hearts, or flowers. Because of this fantastic project I found last year RIGHT AFTER Valentine’s Day had passed!
I’m personally head over heels for this DIY heart bulb. From the adorable custom message to the red wire heart, this bulb says “Be Mine” in a sweet, homemade way. Thought it doesn’t seem like the easiest DIY Project (there are several materials and steps) this Valentine’s Day bulb could easily be configured in just a few hours.
Take a look at this detailed how-to and let me know how your Valentine’s Day bulbs turn out!
1. Red thin gauge wire (available at craft stores)
2. Light bulb (any standard incandescent bulb with a regular size base will do. No fluorescent or halogen bulbs)
5. Safety goggles
6. Scrap piece of wood or wood cube (craft stores usually sell wood for crafts and would have a small square or chunky piece that would work)
7. 2 pins
8. Paper and pen (or type written message)
9. Wire cutters
10. Hammer and nail (optional- if you are using soft balsa or craft wood these are not necessary)
11. Hot glue gun
1. Clear a large space on a worktable to hollow out the bulb. Follow these steps from teamdroid.com – they give great, easy to follow instructions including tips on safety and procedure.
2. When finished, clean the outside of the bulb carefully and set aside somewhere where it is protected from breaking.
3. Cut a ten inch piece of wire (this is what you’ll use to make the heart). Fold the wire in half to create a sharp crease, then unfold. about an inch from the crease, take both loose wire ends and loop both wires around to create the heart halves. Pull both wires back down, overlapping the center of the crease and extending beyond the heart shape. You may want to tweak the heart halves a little to get heart shape that you like. Your heart should be about 1/2″ wide so it will fit through the base of the bulb pretty easily.
4. Take your hearts and hold up to your bulb to measure how long the stems need to be to have the heart filaments positioned in roughly the center of the bulb. Cut the extra wire off the ends. Also, test that they fit into your bulb without having to smash them or distort the shapes. If needed, adjust the size.
5. If your wood is soft, you should be able to poke the wires down into the top of the wood and they will stay in position. If you are using a firmer wood, use a hammer and nail to create a small guide hole. Then remove the nail and push the wire down into the hole. You may want to secure these with glue as well.
6. Place your glass bulb over the hearts and glue the bulb down to the wood at the base.
7. Use the pins to attach your love note or message to the front of the piece of wood.
There you go! All finished. Happy Valentine’s Day
Photos and DIY project originally posted on Design Sponge