Do you love the soft glow of a night light?
For the past few months I have been thinking about ways to make the night light a functional piece of art that glows.
Here are the first group of designs I want to share with you. Besides the pretty floral patterns, we also have a pine cone design that would be great for those who love a woodland theme!
Important: always keep paper at a safe distance to anything that generates heat, and use LED night-lights only.
Remember these DIY dimensional paper flower lanterns?
These lanterns are free standing while the night light we are making today is a like wall sconce.
Materials and tools to make paper night light:
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- LED plug-in light, which generates much less heat and is safer to use near paper.
- Card stock, I used this kind, which hold their shape really well, and are easy to cut.
- Xacto knife, Silhouette Portrait or Silhouette Cameo digital cutting machine. The downloads at the end of this tutorial includes both pdf templates for hand cutting and Silhouette cutting files.
- Optional: color tissue paper for colorful glow!
Step 1: cut the designs to make DIY Paper Night Light
Cut the designs using a Xacto knife or the Silhouette Portrait or Cameo. Follow the color-coded lines of cut and score lines.
Step 2: create 3D details on the DIY Paper Night Light
Create dimensional design details on the pine needles, pinecone, and flower petals by gently curling the paper at the cut lines.
Fold along the score lines and glue the two tabs to the corresponding numbers on the folded edges. Use clips to hold everything while the glue dries.
Now we have a half cylinder with tabs for hanging!
If you decide to change the size or designs of this piece, it is very important that the paper is kept at a safe distance from the light bulb, and use LED night light!
Step 3: using the DIY Paper Night Light
Plug in the night light. Put the paper shade over it and find a good spot to hang it so it covers the night light and it is easy to reach the switch.
Use a clear pushpin or a tiny nail to hang the paper shade from the horizontal tab we added in step 3.
If you glue some colored tissue paper on the inside, you will get colored glow. I used yellow, pink and green tissue paper in the lights below.
The trick is to use 2-3 layers of tissue paper so the colors are rich enough.
Easy enough, right? I have some new ideas brewing. Any wishes and requests for new designs? Feel free to leave a comment!
You may also like: 2- minute Mason jar oil lamp with a magic wick.
Have a glowing weekend! =)