DIY Nightlight Shade




Introduction: DIY Nightlight Shade

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For some reason, we seem to have a lot of nightlight bases filling utility (i.e. junk) drawers. They were either stand alone nightlights when the kids were little, or the tops have been lost. But there they are. Most of the ones we tested seemed to work fine - they just need a cover.

Found another use for those plastic cups! (see also InstaCool Cup)

Step 1: Materials

You'll need:

  • A nightlight base
  • Nightlight bulb - 4 watt
  • opaque plastic cup
  • Cutting tool (scissors shown but you might want to try some different tools)

Step 2: Cut Off-set Hole Into Cup Bottom

You'll need to cut a hole out of the bottom of you cup, to insert your nightlight base. Don't center your circle or your plastic cup nightlight shade won't fit up against the wall. Check your nightlight base for proper dimensions.

I tried a few different things, but rotating a rasp made the cleanest hole in the plastic.

Step 3: Insert Nightlight Base

Check for fit and insert your base, making sure the outside edge of your cut doesn't exceed outer edge of the plug base.

Step 4: Insert Lightbulb

Screw in the little nightlight bulb, and you're all set!

Step 5: Plug in and Enjoy the Light!

Voila! New life for an old nightlight and an otherwise disposable cup. You can also invite the kids to use markers and stickers to decorate the cup for some added customization.


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    4 years ago

    Neat! My wife will want to make one of these right away.


    7 years ago

    I'll try it wit RGB led


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I like this. Very practical; I too have several nightlights without the shades. Thanks for putting this on here.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Very clever. Looks like the cups diffuse the light perfectly too. Nice!


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! It really does diffuse nicely. I actually always look before I put an 'ible together, to see if someone has done something like it before, and while I found a few neat nightlight Instructables, I didn't see any simple shades like this one. If you have a nightlight you can flip upside down, you can get a different kind of light sconce effect, too.