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Project

Animal Night-Light

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

Materials

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

Steps

  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.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, May 2007

Reviews (3)

  • peaty 10 Jul, 2008

    Darling project! I love turtle and the elephant is cute also. The video was excelllent and worth watching for extra tips! I cannot wait to make this for my good friend who loves turtles also.

  • peaty 10 Jul, 2008

    Darling project! I love turtle and the elephant is cute also. The video was excelllent and worth watching for extra tips! I cannot wait to make this for my good friend who loves turtles also.

  • middleduck 11 May, 2008

    Cute project! Wish the video was short and to the point, waiting for upload every few seconds and commercials and having to watch a whole episode just to get some instructions was annoying.