Friday, December 10, 2010

On the 10th Day of Christmas...

Wow! I just cannot believe it's the 10th Day of Christmas already! Where has the time all gone? I'm not done with my shopping and decorating yet!

Luckily if you have just a wee bit of time, you can crank out a few fun handmade gifts quickly and easily! Check out my Nightlight tutorial below for a quick and easy gift for those of you who are as short on time like I am!

Step 1: Head over to a dollar store or discount chain and nab a covered nightlight. (This one was formerly a Spongebob Squarepants Nightlight from the Dollar Tree.) Take apart pieces, remove the insert and measure the acetate.

Step 2: Cut out a heavy Cardstock piece the same size as the acetate. Using your favorite diecut, cut a space out in the center of your cardstock strip. Set aside. 

Step 3: Print/stamp out your image in the middle of a sheet of thin copy paper and color. (Note: It is important to use thin copier-type paper so that you can see the light through the image, without creating a fire hazard!) Use a smaller diecut to cut out your image.

Step 4: Using high temperature glue, sparingly glue the image to the center of the soft acetate. (Note: I recommend E6000 Glue, because it is flexible, and is not flammable!) Center your image behind the cut out section of cardstock and sandwich the hard plastic shell and the softer acetate slip around the image and the cardstock slip. I used a bit of glue on the hard plastic too - but *only* where the shadows are - otherwise it might show through!

Step 5: Snap all layers into place and glue edges. (Note: I used binder clips to clamp the layers together until they dried. You can find binder clips in any office supply store.) Attach to lighted plug unit, and you're all set! Easy peasy right?

Enjoy your new nightlight, or give it as a thoughtful handmade gift!

I hope you like my tutorial today and would love to hear your comments and see your finished projects! Please leave and questions or bloglinks for your finished projects in the comments section below! Happy Holidays!


  1. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial Scrappy. This looks like such a fun project to make.

  2. Hi Scrappy that was a great tutorial will try it if and when I get time as you say we are all short on that one thing

  3. Fantastic tutorial, Scrappy! I need to make one of these!

  4. What a great tute, will give it a try !! Stunning project !! Love it!!

  5. Love this, looks great, and easy to follow tutorial!

  6. Great tutorial Scrappy! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Oh this looks like fun! Perfect tutorial for the holiday season and all year long! Thanks for posting it Scrappy!
    ☺ Sandi

  8. I love this project thanks for sharing. All 12 days were wonderful.

  9. That is just simply awesome... I love it Thank you for sharing