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The Problem: You're hungry. (Again.) And, of course, you can't find your salt and pepper shakers.

The Solution:
Make your own. Honestly, I'm not so sure about this one ... but I found it at Ready Made. For those of you ambitious enough to try it, please let me know how it goes.

What you'll need:
  • 2 incandescent light bulbs
  • 12 3/8" hex nuts
  • About 1/2 cup hard wax (or unscented candle)
  • 2 soda bottle caps
  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Hacksaw
  • Double boiler (or two pots, one a little larger than the other)
  • Drill
  • 5/64" drill bit

Step 1: Wearing gloves and goggles, use the hacksaw to cut through the metal base of the bulb, approximately 1/4" from the glass-metal contact point. Use care and cut all the way around each bulb, but not through the inner core holding the filament. (Cutting through the metal is relatively easy; the glass under it takes longer.)

Step 2. Remove and discard the inner core, then gently rinse out the bulbs.

Step 3.
Place 6 hex nuts inside each bulb to help weigh down the base. Make sure the nuts are distributed evenly in a single layer so that each bulb stands upright.

Step 4.
Melt the wax in a double boiler (or in a small pot set over a slightly larger pot of boiling water) and pour half of the melted wax into each bulb so that the nuts are mostly covered. (You might not want to use your favorite pots for this as wax can be pretty hard to remove.)

Step 5.
Keep the bulbs upright and allow the wax to cool.

Step 6.
Add salt to one bulb and pepper to the other. Fill each to the point where the bulb remains upright even when tilted.

Step 7.
Drill holes through the top of the soda caps. 8. Screw a bottle cap onto each bulb and shake it!

Just think ... recycling is the processes of collecting, processing, remanufacturing, and reusing materials instead of discarding them. Do this project and you'll be doing your part.


  • Neil Van Dyke

    Take the excess glass, grind it to a fine powder using a mortar and pestle, add 2 parts baking soda and a pinch of salt -- the resulting powder, when moistened, makes a great toothpaste! Waste not, want not! (Hint: Don't actually do this. These are both the worst DIY ideas I've seen in a long time.)

  • GW

    As easily as light bulbs shatter (and boy DO they shatter when they break!), I wouldn't want to try this. They make for an interesting set, but no thanks!

  • Tanya Ryno

    I agree. I think this project is a perfect example of how some people just have too much time on their hands.

  • Maureen Carter

    Here is something you could use if you like the idea of light bulb shaped shakers. Get these light bulb shaped jars, much safer and still cool looking.

  • Megan

    Instead of ruining a pan, to heat wax, put the wax in a washed out soup can then put the can in the pan full of water. And I don't think using a light bulb is that smart. They break easy. Maybe a mini flood light. Those are harder

  • Brett Seymour

    You might want to boil the bulbs if your going to eat something out of them. Who knows what chemicals are in them.



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