How to Make a Night-Light

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Night-lights are handy things. They can help light a darkened stairwell, thus negating the need to leave on a regular lamp. They can even help ward off bad dreams in your child's room. Follow a few steps to make your own night-light.

Things You'll Need

  • Night-light and switch combo
  • Small lampshade frame
  • Glue for fabric
  • Beads
  • Fabric of your choice
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil or tailor's chalk
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Place the frame of the lampshade on a piece of paper and trace around it. Turn the shade to either side so you can trace around the sides as well. Do not lift the shade frame when you do this-you want to have an accurate pattern to use when cutting out the fabric to cover the entire lampshade frame when you make a night-light. Cut out the pattern with scissors.

  • Lay your pattern on the bottom side of the fabric you have chosen and trace around it. Use something that won't bleed through the fabric like tailor's chalk or a pencil. With a straight edge, add ½ inch for seam allowance all the way around the pattern. Cut the fabric around the outer-most mark.

  • Set the fabric on your table right side down, and lay the lampshade frame for your night-light on top of it. Apply glue within the ½ inch seam allowance, and fold the fabric over the frame and press the fabric together, covering the edges of the lamp shade frame as you make a night-light. You may have to make small cuts in the fabric fit more tightly. Allow the glue to dry.

  • Decorate the shade for your night-light by sewing on beads or other decorations. Let your imagination be your guide. You can even finish the edges with a contrasting fabric or border.

  • Slip the finished shade onto the night-light. Voilà, you have made your own night-light that will be the envy of the neighbors and will ward off the darkness of night.

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