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Light Bulb Wands

Lisa Kettell Designs

By Lisa Kettell

April 26, 2014

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Project Description

Part 2 in my series of branches of dye. This project is created by dying a tree branch w/ Rit Dye, Aging a vintage image using Rit Dye, light bulb jar, washi tape, rhinestone ring and some embellishments. A perfect project for May Day and the ringing in of Summer.


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Prep, dyeing & Rinse time: About 1 hour

Rit Products Used


You'll Also Need

  •   rubbing alcohol

  •    foil pan

  •    light bulb jar

  •    small vintage image

  •    card stock

  •    glue stick

  •    washi tape

  •    clear caulk or epoxy

  •    embellishments

  •    rhinestone ring or jewelry pendant

  •   glue

  •   glue gun

  •   latex gloves

  •   measuring cup

  •   measuring spoons

  •   paper towels

  •   plastic table cover

  •   sponge

Step By Step

  1. To Dye the Branches: Prepare your work surface with a plastic covering. Pour both tan and royal blue liquid Rit dye into a glass jar or bowl. (one color per bowl).

  2. Dip a foam brush or Rit dye applicator directly into the royal blue dye and brush on the branch til desired color is achieved. Heat dry with a heat gun, set aside.

  3. To Make Alcohol Ink: In a small/medium glass bowl, add 1 teaspoon of tan liquid Rit dye to a 1/3 cup rubbing alcohol. Stir to mix. Set aside.

  4. To Make the Wand: Scan and shrink a vintage image to fit your bulbs inside dimensions. All photo programs allow you to adjust the size. Print the image and cut it out. Glue the cut out image to card stock using a glue stick and cut again. (This is for extra image durability).

  5. Attach the image to the end of the dyed branch using hot glue. Decorate your image with light embellishments and glitter. For the wizard hat roll a small cone shape and attach to the images head using hot glue.

  6. Insert the end of the wand with the image directly into the light bulb jar, glue in place with clear caulk or epoxy glue, let set.

  7. Once the caulk or epoxy has dried, decorate your wand with a rhinestone ring, slipped through the branch or with embellishments of choice.

  8. Tips/Tricks: -for vintage images, comb copyright free sites, or use family photos or images pre 1928. View my site for free imnages as well. -Use a real clear light bulb with the end removed.

  • Julie Loeschke

    What size is the jar?How tall? Thank you.




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