A DIY Picture Light for Emma's Room

DIY nightlight

One of the projects we had on our list for Emma’s room was make some sort of pretty picture light/night light sort of thing, one that could look pretty during the day too. I had seen this image on pinterest (pinned to the inspiration board for Emma’s room) and it inspired the idea we eventually came up with. (Via Apartment Therapy).

DIY light
DIY nightlight
This was a very inexpensive and relatively simple project, here’s how I did it.

DIY Picture Light

DIY nightlight

Cream Acrylic Craft Paint, plus colors for the art you will paint on the canvas
– Pencil
– Paintbrushes
An awl
A string of LED lights, 50 lights or less for a nightlight
– Masking tape
Optional: We glued some little round mirror tile pieces here and there to reflect the light and some sparkle during the day.
To Make:
1. We painted the canvas with 3 coats of the cream paint. Make sure the surface is fairly opaque, otherwise the cord may show through from behind.
DIY nightlight
2. Draw your pattern on the front with pencil, or just start painting. We did simple geometric flowers in neon colors. Keep in mind the amount of cord between each light on the strand (the lights we used were 1/2″ apart), and that you’ll need 1 hole for every light.
3. Poke a hole for each light in your pattern using an awl or screwdriver.
DIY nightlight
4. Starting at one side, working on the back of the canvas, begin poking your lights through the holes you made. It helped to tape the cord down as we worked across the canvas.
DIY nightlight
 5. Plug it in and watch it twinkle! (We have Emma’s on a timer, it comes on automatically every day at about 4:00, goes off around 10.
DIY nightlight
Its such pleasant light. I can imagine when our Seattle days start getting shorter that it will feel cozy to walk in and see this when she gets home from school.
You can see all of Emma’s room redo and read an interview on how we tackled it over on Design Mom. I will be talking about some of the other projects we did in the coming days, so stay tuned.
  • Seanna Lea

    September 3, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I love the light project. It is a lot of fun. And these are the white LED lights too, right? I worry less about the LED lights overheating.

  • Kayleigh

    September 4, 2012 at 9:57 am

    That’s a really cute idea. I have to try this out for myself.

  • Hattie Bizzle

    February 28, 2013 at 10:58 am

    I must try this!!!

Follow Wise Craft Handmade