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Kid Craft: Easy DIY Nightlights (from a foam cup)

These Easy DIY Nightlights are fun to make and are the perfect quick craft for the kids to do.

The Nightlights are made with a mini-flashlight and a foam cup.  The kids will have a blast making the nightlights and you’ll love the minimal supplies needed and being able to recycle the flashlights when done.

Easy DIY Nightlights made from a foam cup and a flashlight. Kids will have a blast making the nightlights and you'll love the minimal supplies needed.

I just glanced up at the calendar and I can’t believe we are already one-third through the month of October!  We’ve got a lot going on over the next few weeks and I’m happy to report, the kids Halloween costumes are almost done. 

The little missy’s costume ended up turning into an elaborate Medieval Princess dress, which took almost a week to complete.  (It’s gorgeous though, can’t wait to show it off.  Keep your eye out for that post next week.) 

My son’s costume isn’t finished yet, but we know what he’s planning and he and his dad will work out the details on that.  (Can’t disclose his idea just yet, lol.)

Easy DIY Nightlights made from a foam cup and a flashlight. Kids will have a blast making the nightlights and you'll love the minimal supplies needed.

Have you ever noticed that little kids love poking holes in things?

I find holes everywhere – from the plastic covering the food in the fridge to holes in foam cups and plates, they love sticking my sewing pins into my tomato pin holder (technically not a hole- but same concept, lol.) 

Pretty much-poking holes through anything else that’s fun to poke holes into.  Just last night SOMEONE POKED A HOLE IN THE BUTTER!!! (I had melted too much butter into a small ramekin and put the excess in the fridge.  I guess it was too much temptation for someone to resist!)

This DIY Nightlight Craft is perfect for the kids to do on their own AND it combines two of their favorite things. 

Poking holes in stuff and flashlights! These night lights are made using items that you might already have around the house…  Foam cups, acrylic paint, toothpicks, and flashlights.  It’s a great craft for a playdate or anytime the kids are feeling bored.

To ensure the nightlights last through several nights, you’ll want to make sure you have plenty of fresh batteries on hand!

(Thanks to Rayovac for sponsoring this post.)

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Ready to make these little nightlights?

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How to Make the DIY Night Lights:

Step One: Gather supplies.

(All supplies available at Walmart.)

Easy DIY Nightlights made from a foam cup and a flashlight. Kids will have a blast making the nightlights and you'll love the minimal supplies needed.

Materials needed

  • Foam cups (whatever size you have – as long as you can maneuver the flashlight to the bottom (Mine are 20 oz)
  • Paint/paintbrush (found in craft department)
  • Toothpicks (find with the kitchen gadgets)
  • Fresh Rayovac batteries (find in the battery kiosk at front of store)
  • Mini flashlights (make sure to get the ones with the little loop/jump ring attached – find in the camping department)

Step 2.

Paint cups and allow to dry.  (One to two coats as needed.)

Easy DIY Nightlights made from a foam cup and a flashlight. Kids will have a blast making the nightlights and you'll love the minimal supplies needed.

Step 3:  Make holes for the light to shine through.

Give the little one’s a toothpick and let their creativity fly!  (They will have the best time poking holes in the cups, lol!)  The more holes- the more light they’ll get from the night light.

Make a nightlight from a cup

Step 4. Add the flashlight.

Poke a hole in the bottom of the cup.

Turn on the flashlight and slide the jump ring of the flashlight through the hole and secure with a toothpick.  If you are having trouble maneuvering the jump ring through the hole, you can wrap the ring with a needle and thread or garbage tie and guide it through the hole.

That’s it, you are done!

Easy DIY Nightlights made from a foam cup and a flashlight. Kids will have a blast making the nightlights and you'll love the minimal supplies needed.

 

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11 Comments

  1. What a fun project! I would have never thought to do this, but my kids would love it!

  2. What a cute idea! My 8-year-old still prefers having a light on, so this DIY cup light would come in handy. Love that it’s going to engage my little expolorer!

  3. Those are so cute!!! We love making DIY project like this, I am going to have to get the supplies to make these so we can have them ready to go for power outages.

  4. robin rue says:

    What a fun idea. My little man still sleeps with a nightlight on, so I am sure he’d love to make one of these for his room.

  5. I love making crafts with supplies that I already have around my house! My kiddos would love making these cup nightlights with me!