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Cool Idea: Light Bulb Candle Holders

The New York Times article "Thinking Like a Student" takes a look at the thrifty, creative home-design moves college students, particularly architecture students, are making during these difficult economic times to make their homes a better place, aesthetically and functionally.

Along with the article is a wonderful slideshow showcasing many of these "on the cheap" tricks. One of my favorites was a set of candle holders fashioned from recycled light bulbs by Lauren Chapman, a student at Yale School of Architecture. By now we've hopefully all made the switch to CFLs, but that doesn't mean we should just toss those standard old bulbs in the trash.

To find out more about this project,

Why not turn them into candle sticks? I've actually shown you lamps made from light bulbs before, but those were much too pricey. My only concern is how Chapman got the bulbs to stand up. I'm thinking that by using a glue gun on the candle holders' bottom, you could create a flat base. Or, you could set a magnet inside the bulb, and then one underneath your table cloth, like those DIY magnetic vases. What do you think? Do you like it, or is it too thrifty-looking for you?
Photo by Phil Mansfield for The New York Times

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Chaps1 Chaps1 8 years
I glued them together on the sides and then they just stood up on their own! -Lauren Chapman, the girl who made it.
cookie23 cookie23 8 years
Cris1192 Cris1192 8 years
So original!!!
steen steen 8 years
It looks like she glued the bulbs together on the sides. I actually kind of like the idea but I'm not a fan of candle holders that let wax drip all over the place. Instead of candles, I would probably cut open the metal part of the bulb so I could use the bulbs as a collection of vases. Hmm, I might actually make that a project for a rainy weekend...
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