If Mom likes novelty items, this is something you can make for her than you can't buy at the store - her very own Alien Abuduction Nite Lite with a removable flying (powered by crochet thread) space ship!

While Shaun the Sheep is larger than the ship and it doesn't seem like it would be possible for the UFO to abduct him, keep in mind it is alien advanced technology at work here.

All of the items to make this you can either get at dollar store or likely have lying around your house already.

I only spent $3 to make this lamp at Dollar Tree - $1 for the mini touch light, $1 for AAA batteries and $1 for the glass

My inspiration for this project was Heather of Dollar Store Crafts creation:

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Step 1: Items Needed

Items needed:

For Spaceship:
Large Plastic Easter Egg
2 CDs
Mini touch light (I bought mine at the Dollar Tree)
3 AAA batteries*
Glue Gun and glue sticks
9001 Glue or other craft glue (to glue the CD's together)
Cardboard (I used the side off a 24 pack of Diet Coke)
Aluminum foil
Tin can or other object that is about 1/2 in around larger than the circumference of your plastic egg
Crochet thread (or other strong thread to string through the top of the UFO)

For Shaun the Sheep
Cotton (mine was from an asprin bottle, but you could use cotton balls)
Mini-plastic Easter Egg
Black and White acrylic paint
2 googly eyes
Red and white fabric paint
4 pen caps
Black Felt
Glue Gun and glue sticks

For the rest of the light:
Glass (this one is a plastic one from Dollar Tree is clear with green around the top that gives it an eerie glow).
Forest Gren Felt (for the grass)
Plastic lid (to glue the "grass" on to)
9001 glue or other strong, clear glue
12 oz can of soda

*If lamp is to be left on overnight, I would suggest investing in rechargeable batteries.

Step 2: Glue the Two CDs Together

Glue the two CDs together using 9001 or other craft glue (I tried using a glue gun on my first attempt and would not recommend it as it did not glue evenly and it was bumpy)

Step 3: Trace Around Can on Cardboard

Use a can or other item that is slightly larger than the circumferance as the egg to make a circle on cardboard then cut it out. Then place the plastic egg in the center, draw a circle around that then cut it out.

Step 4: Place Cardboard Circle Around the Top of the Egg

Place the circle of cardboard on the top of the egg and make the edge flush with the bottom of the top of the egg.

Step 5: Make Hole in the Top of the Egg, Thread Crochet Thread Through It.

Use a thumbtack to make a hole in the top of the plastic egg. Thread a the crochet or other strong thread through the top through the opening and tie a knot and secure on the inside with a bit of glue.

Step 6: Hot Glue Around the Circumference of the Egg to Secure the Cardboard

Then use a glue gun to secure the cardboard circle to the egg around the circumference.

Step 7: Cover Egg and Cardboard With Aluminum Foil

Cover the top of the egg and cardboard with aluminum foil then poke a hole the top and thread it through the aluminum foil.

Step 8: Glue the Bottom of the Cardboard to the CDs With a Hot Glue Gun.

Step 9: Attach Mini Touch Light to Bottom of CDs

The mini touch light has a strip you can pull off to attach it to things - pull it of and secure it and you may want to use the hot glue gun or the 9001 or other craft glue to secure it to the CD's also (I used the 9001 glue).

If you need to change the batteries, you can unscrew the bottom of the touch light from the base
that is glued to the CDs.

Step 10: To Make Shaun the Sheep

The body is a yellow plastic Easter egg that I painted white - this is just one layer - I used about 6 coats before it got to be white.

I then put it back together and glued a piece of cotton around the egg.

Step 11: Cut Out Face and Ears, Hand Stitch, Stuff, Glue on Eyes, Paint on Nose and Mouth

His face is made out of two pieces of felt that I hand stitched and stuffed with small scraps, then glued on two googly eyes and painted the nostrils with white fabric paint and the mouth with red fabric paint.

Glue head to the egg.

Step 12: Paint the Legs and Make the Tail, Then Glue Them Onto the Body

Snap or cut off the skinny part of the pen caps and paint the caps of the pens black, then use a hot glue gun to glue the legs to the cotton so he will stand up.

Make his tail by taking a small square of black felt, roll it up and use the glue gun to glue the edge down and then glue his tail to his bottom.

Step 13: Place Batteries in the Mini Touch Light

Open up the mini touch light an put the batteries in seen below and then replace cover.

Step 14: Trim the Edge Off the Outside of the Covering Off of the Mini-touch Light.

Step 15: Apply Glue to Bottom of the Glass

Apply glue to the bottom of the glass then place the plastic off of the mini touch light upside down.

Step 16: Place Soda Can on Top to Weight Down the Plastic to the Glass

Put a 12 oz can of soda or other soft drink on inside the top off the mini-touch light and allow the glue to dry.

Step 17: Trace Around Lid on Felt

Put the lid on the felt and use a pen to trace around the circumference, then cut out the felt where you traced.

Step 18: Place Glass Over Animal, Set Spaceship on Top of Glass

Place the glass over the top of them and put the spaceship inside the the top off of the mini-touch light and you have yourself an Alien Abduction Nite Lite!

Step 19: Place Shaun the Sheep or Other Animal in the Center on the Felt

Place Shaun or whatever critter that is to be considered for abduction in the center of the lid.

Step 20: Glue Felt to Inside of Lid

Turn the lid upside down, apply glue and then place the felt in the center and smooth it down.

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    10 years ago on Introduction

    Who came first? I think these guys owe Heather an apology at the very least.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Hi! The link above is for the original idea! I saw the project when it was in its conceptual phase and made the dollar store version of it because it wasn't for sale yet. I checked with them before i posted my project! :)

    Hope that clears it up!


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I had not seen the above referenced site before, but  it is pretty cool. 

    I don't know who's project came first - I remember she had referenced a different site with a larger spaceship like what she had made, not the little one like I did.

    I don't think she would be offended as she runs a site, that features creations made from dollar store items and I did share what I made with her when I made it and that her creation was my inspiration.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    pretty cool you just inspired me to make an instructable on somethin like this i wont tell u until its done.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Really cool lamp. I love how the sheep has a surprised look on his face. I may have to make one of these.

     i did this but made some modifications 1. the sheep is hanging from top of cup by some fishing line 2. used materials only from around home, used old xmas lights, paper bowls, old paint, plastic starbucks cup and so on


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Sounds wicked cool and double props for using upcycled items.  Would love to see a pic.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I like it! But don't space-aliens prefer cows...?



    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Yes, in general, space aliens prefer cows; however, my aliens haven't graduated up to cows and are only allowed to conduct experiments on sheep after practicing on rabbits.

    UFO rabbit.jpg

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Well I suppose even space-aliens have to learn...



    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    No, but that site shows the exact same inspiration that I indicated above from Dollar Store Crafts.

    The one from Dollar store Crafts involved two bowls painted black with a hole in the bottom with the inards of large touch light in the center.   It is cute but you would need a saw tool to cut out the bottom of the bowl.

    This one is more like the baby ship - it is a much smaller spaceship made with a mini-touch light, no special tool is required - ship is made out of a part of a plastic Easter Egg, CDs, cardboard and the mini-touch light), the spaceship is removable and could be a craft on its own (although the left over sheep under an upside down glass would look funny!).