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Make a Children's Nightlight From a Garden Ornament

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I needed to find a good nightlight for my son's nursery. But rather than just buying a traditional nightlight, I decided to make one that was a bit more decorative. I found a nice garden ornament in the shape of an owl that fit well with the other decorations in the nursery. I removed the original solar lighting circuit and replaced it with a new light and power adapter. The end result was a colorful owl nightlight.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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Here are the tools and materials that you will need for this project:

Materials
Owl Garden Ornament
Battery Powered LED Light
AC Adapter
Switch
Resistor
Scrap Plastic
Heat Shrink Tubing (optional)

Tools
Rotary Cutting Tool
Screwdriver
Wire Strippers
Knife
Soldering Iron and Solder
Glue

Step 2: Remove Any Unwanted Parts From the Garden Ornament

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This garden ornament was originally a solar garden light. In order to turn it into a nightlight, I had to first remove the original circuit. I started by unscrewing the battery cover. This had the switch and the solar cell attached to it. The battery holder and the light were glued in place. So I used a rotary cutting tool to cut them free. I was careful not to damage the screw holes because I could use them to attach the new cover plate.

After removing the original circuit, I used an old toothbrush to clean out the dirt and debris that had accumulated inside the owl.

Step 3: Select a New Light Source for the Nightlight

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Now you need a new light for the nightlight. One option is to build a simple LED assembly from scratch. Another option is to use a preassembled light. I decided to use the light from a small battery powered push light. I removed the housing so that I was left with just the LEDs and the circuit board.
mbizzy5 months ago

that is sooooooooooooooooo awesome!!!!!! I love it

Blue_Dream5 months ago
super cute!
jessyratfink5 months ago

What a good idea! This is fantastic :D