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Animal Night-Light

This adorable animal night-light makes the perfect addition to any nursery.




Resources: 8-inch round lampshade bottom, Wire #1402 from, natural cheese cloth from Whole Foods, light bulb base from Sunrise Lighting (Phone: 212-268-8505). Visit Martha Stewart Crafts at Michaels craft stores or at for the following: decoupage glue and sealer with brush applicator (4 ounces for $3.99), art and craft glue (4 ounces for $2.99), seam binding (12 inches for $2.99), card stock (12-foot-by12-inch, 24 pieces per pack for $10.99), and tissue paper (20-inch-by-30-inch, 6 pieces per pack for $2.99).


  • Balloon
  • Medium bowl
  • Paper towel
  • Oil
  • Natural cheese cloth
  • Scissors
  • 8-inch-diameter round lampshade bottom wire
  • Fabric stiffener
  • Spray bottle
  • Decoupage gel
  • Colored tissue paper
  • Seam binding
  • Turtle template
  • Elephant template
  • Pin
  • Green card stock paper
  • Mat knife
  • Green tongue depressors
  • Black marker
  • Google eyes, optional
  • Bulb stand
  • 7.5 watt bulb


  1. Step 1

    Rest an air-filled balloon in a medium bowl to hold in place.

  2. Step 2

    Using a paper towel, grease balloon surface with oil.

  3. Step 3

    Using natural cheese-cloth, trim ends to make a large circle. Mold onto top half of balloon. Smooth out surface, to prevent bumps.

  4. Step 4

    Place an 8-inch-diameter round bottom wire over balloon.

  5. Step 5

    Spray natural cheese-cloth with fabric stiffener made from 1 part water and 1 part fabric stiffener.

  6. Step 6

    Trim hanging excess cheese-cloth to even out length.

  7. Step 7

    Fold excess cheese-cloth up and over wire to enclose it, and create a finished rim. Let dry 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

  8. Step 8

    Using decoupage gel, coat cheese cloth.

  9. Step 9

    Cover dome with triangle-cut tissue paper (for base color). Once tissue paper is in place, seal with decoupage gel.

  10. Step 10

    Place precut segment on dome top. Use decoupage gel to adhere. Place second precut segment on top of first. Add more gel to seal segments in place. Repeat process for remaining segments.

  11. Step 11

    If necessary, apply another coat of decoupage gel and allow to dry 30 minutes.

  12. Step 12

    Poke hole in balloon to let it deflate slowly. Remove balloon.

  13. Step 13

    Glue on seam binding.

  14. Step 14

    Download and print turtle template; cut out shapes. Using green card stock paper, cut out shapes for head, feet, and tail.

  15. Step 15

    Using a mat knife, cut green tongue depressors to 1 inch in length. Attach to paper using glue. Attach remaining foot to shade.

  16. Step 16

    While flat, draw eyes using black marker or attach google eyes. Fold head to slight cone shape to add dimension. Attach to shade with glue.

  17. Step 17

    Place shade over bulb stand with 7.5 watt bulb.

The Martha Stewart Show, May 2007



Reviews (5)

  • alsocc15 9 Dec, 2010

    Is there another place to find the lampshade bottom? Where did everyone find theirs?

  • corncobb12 23 Jun, 2010

    very cute! I love these, we used them for a fundraiser for girl scouts and donated the money we made to animal shelters. and its very easy! thanks! :-]

  • Prev_test522 1 Apr, 2009

    Turtles are my favorite animal. I wish I could have had this when I was akid.

  • ManicCat 3 Mar, 2009

    I love turtles.

  • ManicCat 3 Mar, 2009

    I love turtles.