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How to Make Christmas Character Lightbulbs

Difficulty Beginner
Budget £10 - £30
Time < 1 hour

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Top Tip! Optional: Paint the lightbulb with chalky paint if you have some. You can miss this step out but the chalky paint does adhere well to a lot of surfaces and provides a good surface to then paint on.

Reindeer:

Step-1

Unscrew the top off the lightbulb.

Top Tip! Optional: Paint the lightbulb with chalky paint if you have some. You can miss this step out but the chalky paint does adhere well to a lot of surfaces and provides a good surface to then paint on.

Step-2

Paint the lightbulb brown. Several layers will be needed to get a good finish. Screw the lid back on once dry.

Step-3

Draw a set of reindeer antlers on to your black foam and cut out. Glue them onto the back of the lightbulb as shown.

Step-4

Cut a large, nose sized circle from the red felt and stick on to the bottom front of the light bulb with the all purpose glue.

Step-5

Stick on the googly eyes.

Penguin:

Step-1

Unscrew the top off the lightbulb.

Step-2

Draw the penguin’s tummy onto the light bulb and paint in using white acrylic. (You can see that I did not get the drawing completely right here but this will be painted over).

Step-3

You will need to paint several layers of the white on in order to get a good finish.

Step-4

Paint the rest of the bauble black. Again, you will need to paint several layers on for a good finish.

Step-5

Screw the lid back on. Cut out triangle shapes for the feet and glue on with the glue.

Step-6

Cut some smaller triangles for the penguin’s beak. Put a small line of glue on the lightbulb where the beak needs to go and stick both triangles to the lightbulb along that line of glue.

Step-7

Measure around the top of the light bulb on the metal screw fitting. You will need to cut a piece of felt this wide and high enough to fold back for the brim of the hat plus to make the fringed ‘bobble’ at the top.

Step-8

Fold the fabric back to make the brim and then stick the fabric over the top of the screw fitting. When dry, cut a fringe into the top of the hat big enough to make the ‘bobble’.

Step-9

Using a needle and thread, sew a running stitch around the hat and gather the top of the hat tight to make it into a hat shape with the bobble on the top.

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