Decor Hack of the Day: Tattooed Light Bulbs

Spruce up plain lighting fixtures with cool, hand-drawn graphics!


This will take: 2 1/2 hours (3 lightbulbs)

Cost: P50 for the permanent marker


  • Permanent marker
  • Globe light bulbs 

Styling and Production by Katherine Lopez and Tala Singson. Photographed by Dairy Darilag.

Read the original article ("10 Easy Decor Hacks") in the May 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

How To:
  1. Come up with a design or pattern for the light bulb. It can be as simple as a series of lines, or as elaborate a pattern as you want.
  2. Draw the pattern freehand on the light bulbs using permanent marker.
  3. Let dry. Attach the light bulbs to their respective sockets. You now have creative-looking light bulbs!

Real Tip: To make your light bulb cast shadows on the wall and ceiling, draw your design using acrylic paint, which is more opaque than a marker.

For more tips and guides, click here.


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