diy gem nightlight

diy gem nightlight

i made this nightlight the other day and have been admiring it every time i look at it since. i’m in love with it.

diy nightlightdiy nightlight materials

black cardstock
colored vellum
xacto knife
cheap nightlight
black wire
not pictured : super glue, scissors, tape

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 draw out your gemstone on a piece of paper and make sure you size it for the light.

— trace or copy it on the back of your cardstock (mine was white on the other side so that part was easy)

— cut out your shape with your xacto. then trace that shape onto your vellum and cut it out three times.

— tape the three pieces together with tiny pieces of tape so they feel secure. carefully super glue the gem and stick them together.

— wrap your wire around the base of the nightlight tightly about five times. then take the two ends and double wrap them out. make sure you keep the paper pretty far from the light so it won’t get hot. my gem is about 2 inches from the actual bulb. bend a small flat loop up at the end.

— apply super glue to the bottom corner of the gem, add a small piece of tape, and hold firmly for minutes until it feels secure.

gem nightlight tutorial

+ this is NOT the most secure nightlight ever, and i’m sure there’s a better way to secure it – but so far so good.

+ we only use it for nighttime teeth brushing and stuff, i would not recommend keeping it on all night for your own safety!

ok enough boring stuff – let’s see some more glamour shots!

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  1. this is so cute, i want to make it.
    just have to find the colored vellum,
    never heard of it.

    1. + thanks lidia — any sort of translucent colored paper should work fine!

    2. It’s used in scrap booking. Go to Michaels or Joanns. Any store like that. Good luck. Would love to see the finished product and find out if it was really easy. I don’t belong to the site just looking at crafts.

  2. Hi Molly – just found your blog and I’m in love! Have added you to my RSS and look forward to having a Good snoop around. Love this light!

  3. I love this! I want to make a whole set of gems. 😉 thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Looks great! I’d go for a bulb that doesn’t heat up though. Like LED or fluorescent, it’s paper/plastic and super glue after all. 🙂

    1. + i know — definitely not my safest diy. because we only keep it on for a few minutes at a time it’s been fine, i would NOT recommend this for all night usage.

  5. I love this! I can’t wait to see if there’s some way I could make this work to refashion my tacky looking Bath and Body works nightlight/wallflower combo. So glad I found you!

  6. Love your blog, and this diy is so perfect. But i have a question, i want buy a camera, and i love your pics so, what’s your?

    1. thanks! i use a canon rebel, someday i will upgrade but not until i learn how to use it properly!

  7. Sooo cute! I was wondering, what kind of vellum do you use for this diy (how many grams is the paper)?

    1. i’m not quite sure what kind it was, i just found it in the scrapbook paper section of the craft store. any semi transparent paper will do. good luck!

  8. Holy Molly! This is so gooooood, thank you for sharing it! Love your blog. More powers and God bless! :))

  9. Good post. Making your own night light out of velum sounds interesting and looks nice, but you’d have to be careful it doesn’t get too close to that bulb. Thanks for posting.

    1. definitely – i made sure to keep it as far as i could from the bulb, but like i said – i don’t recommend keeping on for extended periods of time 🙂

  10. Love, love, love this idea! So clever and it would be a super unique holiday gift. Have you tried replicating this DIY with other shapes besides a diamond?

    Happy Holidays!

  11. I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good.

    I don’t know who you are but certainly you’re going to
    a famous blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!