Old Bulbs in the Garden: Pot from Recycled Lightbulb

June 11, 2010 by

Repurpose your old old incandescent light bulbs into planters with the Potus Pot. Designed by Natalia Hojman and Angeles Estrada Vigil, the Potus Pot transforms a burnt-out light bulb into a bud-growing vase by removing the filaments and making a new home for your flowers. Each recycled planter comes complete with a simple wood base to hold the bulb upright and packaging recycled from the original light bulb. The Potus Pot is one of the winners of the Inhabitat Spring Greening Competition.

via Inhabitat


  1. pamela howard said:

    Please advise where one can acquire the Potus Pot mentioned in the Urban Gardens Website on June 12, 2010. It was not clear from the links provided whether one could purchase this item, or whether this was something that is “homemade”. Thank you very much.

    — June 12, 2010 @ 09:58

  2. Robin Plaskoff Horton said:

    I don’t think these are for sale–it’s just a concept now. The designer’s site doesn’t sell them. I will email them to see if they are going to produce them for sale. Check back!

    — June 13, 2010 @ 13:36

  3. Lise M. said:

    Wow, love your blog. Thanks for your comment on Urban Style Vibes* the other day! Nice to know that you are in the same ‘phase’ as I am. Let’s keep in touch!


    Lise M.

    — June 13, 2010 @ 14:17

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  5. Rose said:

    I’ve come across this idea a few times and I’m definitely inspired to try it. From what I’ve read, it’s actually not that difficult and really on requires some pliers and an old lightbulb, which almost sounds too easy! The little stand is an awesome addition too.

    It’s great to see people embracing the idea of re-purposing household items. It’s unbelievable what you can do with items around the home that you might have otherwise thrown away. Glass beverage bottles also make a perfect planter for a kitchen herb garden, and old washer drums can be perfect for growing outdoors.

    Thanks for sharing, if I don’t find the ambition to try and make this on my own I’ll be sure to try and track the designer down.

    — July 6, 2011 @ 09:10

  6. Robin Plaskoff Horton said:

    Glad to hear you are inspired to do some of this repurposing yourself Rose. Please share with us what you create!

    — July 7, 2011 @ 20:31

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