Let's Make A Father's Day Gift!!

Isn't this the CUTEST gift for DAD?!
A photo of dad and son inside a hollowed out light bulb on a chalkboard block!!! 
Perfect to write how much you LOVE your dad!
Another option is to make a wire heart and screw a socket to the block.
There are so many wonderful FUN colors of wire! 
Aren't they just so COOL! 
I got the idea HERE

Let's make one! 

What you need:
  • Pliers
  • Light Bulb
  • Wire
  • Wood Block
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Mini Clothes Pin/Socket
First I cut few blocks from left over lumber and sanded the edges.
One is cut from a 4x4 and the other with the socket is from a 2x6. 
{I cut a few extra to add to my Etsy shop and for my Farmers Market booth}
Then painted my block with a couple of coats of chalkboard paint. You can also make your own chalkboard paint in fun colors just by adding non-sanded grout to any flat paint. Like I did for my Art Activity Wall
While the paint dries...Hollow out the light bulb...This is surprisingly easy! 
I found a great tutorial HERE
I used an old burnt out light bulb and some small pliers.
I worked over a towel and just twisted and turned til the insides all came out...
who knew how easy it was to hollow out a light bulb?! 
Simply wash out the bulb with soap and water...
you don't even need to scrub..... it rises out so clean!
I thought I would try my hand at wire writing and put the word D A D in the light bulb! After watching a few You Tube video's on wire writing...
I had a total project FAIL!!!
Not only does it look AWFUL but it's way to big to go inside a light bulb...
Maybe you will be better at wire writing than me....
So I just went with a simple heart...
I did have to bend the heart a little to insert it and then put 2 screwdrivers up the bulb to carefully flatten out each side of the heart.
Then I hot glued the wire to the inside of the bulb so it stands upright. 
{if NOT using a socket, make a hole with a nail, insert wire and hot glue wire and bulb to block}
I found this old socket in one of the hubby's toolboxes 
and screwed it to the painted 2x6 block.
{Is it wrong to make the hubby a Father's Day Gift with items you 'steal' from his garage}
 and....the hubby already has this on his office desk! 

I had so much fun making this that I have been searching for items small enough to fit up a light bulb...While you can use a larger light bulb the opening is still the same size...

I found some tiny clothes pins at the craft store and glued them on the end of the wire and added a photo.
Oh the possibles are endless to be creative with a light bulb...search light bulb on Pinterest and you will see terrariums to fish bowls to potted plants!  

I think a set of 4 light bulbs on a longer board with the letters L.O.V.E would look awesome too....

What will you put up your light bulb?
Dried Flowers, Letters, Numbers, A LOVE Note Clay Shapes???

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Tiaras & Bow Ties said...

I love this idea...I'm linking my post on Father's day inspiration to your DIY today!

Kelly @ Run With Glitter said...

So Cute! Great idea! I'm your newest follower :)

Ginger said...

Cute! OK...I've got a question for you did you use treated 4x4's or did you use untreated? I can't find untreated 4x4s where I live, & I was wondering if you can paint treated ones to use in craft projects. I've got the perfect project to make too...just need the wood. ;)

c.w.frosting said...

Very cute! Thanks for sharing how to hollow out the light bulb... doesn't look too tricky after all!

-caroline @ c.w.frosting

Amy said...

These are so cute! You're so creative and I love the fact that you use these recycled materials. :)

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ReFresh ReStyle said...

Great or should I say Bright idea for Father's Day!b Love it! New follower, came over from At The Fence!

Kathleen said...

How totally adorable!!!

Jacqueline said...

What a creative idea thank you for sharing this at my link party!

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Great idea! Thanks for sharing! Very creative:)
Have a lovely weekend :)

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gail said...

very cute! and clever!

Mindie Hilton said...

I would love for you to link it up to my party that is running now. Any linky goes.


Come strut your stuff.

"Confuzzled" Shannon said...

This is a great idea but when I went to the link for the tutorial on how to hollow out the bulb it doesn't come up.

safdar ali said...

this is one from the unique gifts for dad on fathers day.

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maria said...

Wow! What's a brilliant idea. It can change the mood of dad immediately eg if you father are an angry man. His expression is suddenly change in positive way. I made this type of gift and give it to him on his birthday.

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