Light-up Snowman Made from Lamp Parts

This project started because I was doing laundry in the basement and while I waited for the dryer to finish I began cleaning up the workshop.
Repurposed Globes for a light up snowman
If you've ever read the children's book, "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" then you'll have some idea what went on here. 

First there was this light fixture...You may have seen this one before when I made a repurposed pumpkin that lit up with a battery tea light candle
These 3 globes were leftover from that project and they sat gathering dust on a shelf in my workshop. I was just about to throw them away when I got an idea. 
Repurposed snowman supplies using old light globes


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There were 3 globes and I was wondering... what if I stacked them? Would they stay together? And what if I stacked them on top of this candle stick? Well, wouldn't you know it, the globe fit perfectly on the candlestick so I attached it with E6000 glue
You've probably guessed by now, my laundry was not getting done.
Repurposed snowman supplies using stacked old light globes

I was about to attempt stacking 2 more on top of this one and make a snowman but how could I keep them from sliding off? The glue is slippery so I knew that if I left it to dry they would be on the floor in no time. So I had another idea...
Stacked light globes for a repurposed snowman

The globes all had a hole in the top so I stuck a very long paintbrush from the top through all the globes to the bottom and glued them together. The paintbrush kept them from sliding. Perfect! 
The next step was to gather some supplies. I needed a scarf, hat, a broom, and buttons for my snowman. The scarf was actually wired ribbon, I removed the wire and cut slits in each end. 
snowman DIY supplies

The buttons were from a large collection I have in my workshop. At one point I used the antique buttons from my collection to create a beautiful vintage button garland. You can visit that project by clicking on the bold link. 
Buttons from a button collection for a snowman

I wanted to give the snowman some kind of arms and a broom. The arms I made using knobs that came from my very large stash of hardware. They had dangling handles that looked just like arms to me. You can see what I used on the top of this pile. 
Hardware collection, arms for a repurposed snowman

I attached everything to the globes using hot glue. I have a Ryobi cordless glue gun and I couldn't love it more! 
Repurposed light up snowman using a light fixture

The broom was made from a chunk I cut out of an old whisk broom. I wrapped the straw around a chopstick then wrapped it with wire. I attached the arms and the broom with hot glue. 
Repurposed light up snowman using a whisk broom

The cute little orange nose came from the top of the original light fixture. I painted it orange and glued it to the snowman with hot glue. 
Light up snowman using repurposed parts

As I was finishing I had another idea, this snowman would be awesome if I could get it to light up. So... I removed his funnel hat and pulled off the narrow part, it came right off. I turned it inside out and stuck it back inside the funnel going the other way. 
Funnel hat for a snowman using fairy lights

Then using a cork light, I guided the lights through the funnel and down through all 3 globes. This was NOT EASY. The string of lights is wired but the hole in each globe is not large. After several attempts I finally got the wire all the way down to the base of the snowman, I then re-glued the funnel to the top of the snowman. The top of the cork light sticks out just enough from the top of the funnel for the switch to peek out, this way I can turn the lights on and off. 
Light up snowman using repurposed and found parts

Now he's finished! 
DIY Light up snowman using repurposed and found parts

The light-up idea for this snowman was the best part! 
DIY Light up snowman using repurposed parts

I had one more thought after he was finished and that was to add a little "faux snow" between the candlestick and the bottom of the snowman. I'll probably do that later. 
Light up snowman using repurposed parts

Repurposed snowman from a bathroom light fixture



Later that night...
Light up repurposed snowman and a snowy night

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife of 28 years, the mother of 4 daughters, and the grandmother of 4 grandsons. I am a DIY Blogger and a part time PreK teacher.

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  1. Oh so super cute, Susan! Brilliant idea. ☃️

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    1. Thanks so much Larissa! I think he's pretty cute, almost feel like it should snow.... not really!

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  2. You have a lot of patience! Very cute and I'm glad you were the one who made it!

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    1. Awe thanks Teddee, I am very happy with the way it came out. It looks beautiful lit up at night... now I just have to wait for Christmas to leave him out.

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  3. Love this! Such a clever way to reuse the globes.

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    1. Thanks so much Lisa. It had a mind of it's own, it just happened!

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    1. Thank you so much Marie, he was fun to make!

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  5. Seriously!!!!! This is incredibly adorable Susan! The illumination is the coolest!

    I've featured this genius project in this weekend's Party Junk. Thanks for bringing it over!

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing it Donna. He was a very fun project to make!

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  6. Aww he's adorable! My two youngest grandkids would love him! Heck I love him! 💖💖💖

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    1. My grandkids are going to love him too... I can't wait to show him to them :)

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  7. It's snowing somewhere....I'd have to put him out already! He is just toooo cute to wait!

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    1. Hahaha he was on my mantel with my pumpkins but too many people asked me what he was doing there so I put him away LOL

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