DIY Hourglass Clock Out of Light Bulbs

Aug 16, 2017 | Upcycled DIYs | 15 comments

This project is intended for parents and children to build together, and have fun doing it. It’ll get the kids get away from technology and will allow you to spend some quality time with them. Your kids will enjoy tinkering on this hourglass creation, with your input and supervision, of course. This project is both a great way to spend time with the kids when you are feeling like building some memories and to recycle those light bulbs that no longer glow. In this Project I’ll show you how to make an hourglass using light bulbs and beach sand. To save you some time I’ve made step by step video

Preparing the Sand (avoid If You Want)

As you may know, sand consist of silicon oxide, calcium carbonate, and organic matter. The sand inside the hourglass will pass through a small orifice so it is better if is clean and with homogenous diameter. Rinse with water three times the sand you want to use, removing all the floating stuff. Now you can put it inside an oven to remove all partial humidity it can remind if you work in an humid area as I do. Put it into the oven at 350ºF/180ºC. Be very careful when taking it out, because it will be very hot. Wear suitable oven mitts.

You’ll need:

X2 standard light bulbs Beach sand or salt Hot glue Card paper Scissors Light bulbs Acrilic paint Twine Wooden Skewers


Globe light bulbs work best for this project. Use a light bulb that is burned out, so as to save you money. Don’t use the soft white bulbs because they are a little too fragile to work with.

Your hourglass is now ready, and it is a great decoration for your room or class. I promise you, y’all will have the best time with this project!


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