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Paper-Cutout Night-Lights

These one-of-a-kind night-lights with paper-cutout designs are a charming addition to any child's room.




  • Bird Template
  • Koala Template
  • Colored card stock (We used green card stock for the birds and brown for the koala.)
  • Craft knife
  • Screw punch
  • Spray adhesive
  • Night-light with half shade
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush


  1. Step 1

    Print the bird or koala template onto colored card stock.

  2. Step 2

    Cut along the inside dotted lines first with a craft knife. The circles for the eyes may be punched out with a screw punch.

  3. Step 3

    Completely cut out the shapes along the solid lines.

  4. Step 4

    Lightly spray the largest piece with spray adhesive. Position this piece on the outside of the shade and press down to adhere.

  5. Step 5

    Hold the night-light shade up to a light source to position the inside shapes (the leaves for the bird night-light, and the baby koala for the koala) referencing the positioning map on the template. Secure the shapes to the inside of the shade with a dab of Mod Podge; let dry.

  6. Step 6

    Use a paintbrush to coat the inside and outside of the shade with a light coat of Mod Podge.

The Martha Stewart Show, February 2009



Reviews (11)

  • Fiery84 20 Jun, 2009

    I found them on Ebay!

  • nmenenga 10 Jun, 2009

    I have been having a difficult time trying to find the night lights. I am in the Michigan area so i can't go to the place they had recommended. Does anyone know where i can find them?

  • msdodieb 9 Jun, 2009

    Has anyone out there found the giraffe cutout?

  • kitkat0708 22 Apr, 2009

    I would also like to make the giraffe and the mushroom were do you find the cut outs.

  • crissyzcreations 18 Apr, 2009

    There's really no reason for it to catch fire. I don't think it would get hot enough. Especially if you use a low watt bulb.

  • pas_non 18 Apr, 2009

    i love this. especially how you used the inside pieces for depth. nice work!

  • pas_non 18 Apr, 2009

    this is ADORABLE. i love how you use the inside images for depth. nice work!

  • rocketmom 18 Apr, 2009

    Is it really safe to use paper on a night light? I would think this would be a fire hazard.

  • lovestoboat 6 Mar, 2009

    Where can I find the giraffe cut-out?

  • AubreyMD 2 Mar, 2009

    This might help you daisyspade. I just bought mine at

  • daisyspade 1 Mar, 2009

    This is a fabulous idea, but I cannot find the blank night lights in San Diego!