Make It: Doodle Lightbulbs Pop Art


#Doodle Lightbulbs #Sharpie Crafts Tutorial - such graphic pop art for any light!


I’m a Jersey girl – so what better excuse to create something to show off my state pride than the Show your State Pride tour.

Beckie at Infarrantly Creative came up with this fun idea – and she kicked us off with her tribute to Indiana.  

30 states, 30 projects, 5 days – it’s a state pride party!

Stop by and see her kicking off the tour – and make sure you also stop by my friend Rhoda’s where she’s showing off her state pride in Georgia today.


The garden state …

yes, I mean New Jersey.

NJ – home to the Statue of Liberty (no, it’s not in New York!), beautiful beaches (we say “going down the shore”), skiing, farmland, history …

take it from me – it’s amazing (once you get past the factories by Newark airport) and …


New Jersey (Menlo Park) is also the place where Thomas Edison invented the light bulb.


I had a real light bulb moment – literally – when deciding how to show off my state pride.

So here’s my tribute to Edison and NJ.

Make your own doodle lightbulbs - with this simple tutorial!

How to Make Doodle Lightbulbs

Lightbulb Doodles - from boring to pop art! (click to see how cool they look in a light fixture)

1) Choose your favorite lightbulbs – I like white bulbs

2) Channel your inner 4 year old and start doodling with a Sharpie marker (any color will do – I like black)

3) Doodle a section at a time so you don’t smudge your work (I rested the bulb on a small container until it was dry – a few minutes)

Doodle Lightbulbs - these look so cool in a light fixture!

4) Go crazy – add a few large doodles and fill in with swirls, dots, dashes, x’s and o’s …

Tip: If your bulbs have writing on them (wattage) – just doodle right over it (I covered it with a big black circle – the center of a flower)!

5) Screw into your favorite light – or just display in a bowl for instant pop art

Lightbulb Doodles - see how to make these to add some pop art to your lights!

Doodle Lightbulbs - instant pop art for display for any light fixture

Sharpie Lightbulbs - instant pop art (click to see how cool they look in light fixtures)!

They really light up my life.

No they don’t project images on the wall – but they do look cool lit up!

Doodle Lightbulb at Night - make your own for a cool look!

Show Your State Pride - 30 creative state projects!

Pop by Heather’s tomorrow where she’ll be shouting her state pride project from the tops of the Oregon mountains.


Show off your state pride on Monday, 9/23 at Infarrantly Creative’s link party – where you can show off your own state themed project!


P.S. If you’re ever driving through scenic New Jersey, stop by the world’s biggest lightbulb (13 feet) that towers atop a monument where Edison’s laboratory once stood.

World's Biggest Lightbulb to honor Thomas Edison - 13 feet tall on a monument in NJ


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  1. So cute! And a great project that everyone can do!

  2. Love it, Kelly!

  3. Such a cute idea, Kelly!!

  4. I must say, Kelly, that you are a great doodler! Such cute designs on those bulbs!

  5. Love it! Woohooo Jersey : )

  6. Love this!! Where is the second light fixture from? The round simple white flushmount?

  7. Laura Strack says:

    Very cute, Kelly! Every teenager would love to do this for the lamp in their room!! So fun.

  8. While you are doodl’n in Jersey, I can’t help but notice the light fixture itself….

  9. So fun Kelly! What do they look like lite up? I was curious if they made shadows!?

  10. So…. do you know Snookie? HA! Just kidding. My aunt lived in New Jersey for many years and always talked about how absolutely gorgeous it is! Can’t wait to visit, gotta see a 13′ lightbulb!!! Love your doodlebulb. How cute is that?

  11. I have a feeling my kids will never let me have another white bulb ever again. :)

  12. This is beyond a light bulb moment. I am sharing on my FB page later today. So cool. I am not letting my kids in on this or everything in our house will be doodled.

  13. What a fun party! I love the theme, state pride. This is going to be fun to follow.
    Your lightbulbs look so cute, and talk about super easy!
    Debbie :)

  14. This is such a cool party and what a neat idea. From one Jersey girl to another, you did us proud, girl!!! Love the way this came out, however, if I tried this, with my luck the bulb would have broken. I am a bull in a china shop, LOL!! I love how this looks.


  15. Kelly, wow! What a cool tribute to your home state! You never cease to amaze me with your brilliant light bulb moments!

  16. This is a brilliant light bulb moment, what an excellent idea! I think someone who can not draw at all (like me) could come up with a design to enhance a bulb or two. Thinking the bulbs in the ceiling fans will likely get some sort of treatment to spiff them up. Dots, diamonds, perhaps some swirls, I will be pondering those questions in the coming days? Thanks again for a fantastic, easy and original idea!

  17. I’m a Jersey Girl by proxy (having married a Jersey boy). I lived there for 6 months (ten years in the surrounding Philly area) and did possess a Jersey drivers license. It is also my most favorite place in the world to go to the shore. Ocean Beach anyone? We just returned from a weeks vacation in Jersey and I am missing it. (Nowhere else have I ever found the Jersey pizza that you can fold, and proper boardwalk fries.)

    I like the lightbulbs. That’s a creative idea. Do you have any issues when you turn them on? Like a smell from the Sharpie?

  18. This is such a creative idea! I love it!

  19. Really cute Kelly.
    Audrey Z.

  20. Ahh! I *love* this!! I curated a collection of Sharpie projects on Looksi last month. I wish I could have included these. Off to pin them now.


  21. How cute are these – can we say A D O R A B L E!!!

  22. I grew up in Edison, NJ and frequented the Menlo Park Mall =) This is an absolutely adorable craft and I’m going to try it.. Thanks!! Saw you over at IC and had to message you =)

  23. Love it! How absolutely cool!

  24. Super creative! If you ever feel like doing some guest blogging for us, we’d LOVE to have you on board :)

  25. As an Edison, NJ Girl just had to say Hi!

  26. These are adorable, I just love them!

  27. How fun are these?? So clever, Kelly! I love the “Show Your State Pride” party idea. Pinning and have a great weekend!

  28. Kelly, this is such a great idea and I just love it! Gotta get my Sharpies out! :) Thanks so much for sharing and pinning! Have a happy Sunday and a wonderful week!

  29. That is SO. DANG. COOL – thanks Kelly, PINNING!!!!

  30. Super cute idea, Kelly!

  31. Rick and I are now arguing over weather or not he knew the Statue of Liberty was in NJ. I know he didn’t Kelly!! This is very clever…I need one over my doodled bench lol.

  32. Statue of Liberty is in New York Harbor. The address is New York City, New York.

  33. From one “jersey girl” to another – FABULOUS!!! Love your pinspirational project! I have pinned this and also blogged it for my Walkabout Wednesday series. Sharpie Inspirations post here
    Hugs, Antonella :-)

  34. From one “jersey girl” to another – FABULOUS! Edison didn’t know what he was starting!
    Love your pinspirational project! I have pinned this and also blogged it for my Walkabout Wednesday series. Sharpie Inspirations post here
    Hugs, Antonella :-)
    Sorry if this is a duplicate, didn’t mean for that to happen…

  35. Where did you get the awesome light fixture – clear distorted shape? I’m also curious if the Sharpie ink gives off an odor when the bulb gets heated.

  36. Just tried this and nothing :-( is it on a certain wattage that it can be done on?

  37. This is really cool! How do you keep the Sharpie from melting off, though?

  38. Lindsay white says:

    I love the glass shades…where’d they come from? Thanks so much


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