Every kid wants a nightlight. Here is a tutorial on a nightlight that I designed for my daughter. Not only is it a nightlight at night but a work of art in the day. Every kid that comes over just loves it, and I’m sure yours would too.
The materials that you will need for the custom nightlight are:
Wall decals (or you can paint your own image)
Plain flat trim (this is tricky to explain so read carefully. This trim needs to be a little thicker than the diameter of the rope lights you selected. This flat trim cannot be as wide as the primed trim that you have selected. Basically this board is going to raise the primed trim high enough so that you can fit the rope lights under the primed trim. You won’t be able to fit the rope lights under the primed trim if the board underneath is the same width. So it needs to be cut skinny enough to hide the rope lights.)
Step One: Determine the wall that you would like the wall décor/nightlight to go on and how big you would like it. When determining the size make sure that your rope lights are long enough to wrap all the way around the frame.
Step Two: Place the decals, or paint the image in the position you want it.
Step Three: Measure and mark on the wall where you want the frame to go around your image. Make sure that the image is centered.
Step Four: Cut the plain flat trim to the lengths that you chose and nail it to the wall. Cut the piece for the bottom about an inch smaller. Leave the gap closest to the outlet, this way you can plug in the rope lights.
Step Five: Cut the primed trim to the size that you need. You will need to cut the ends of those pieces to 45 degree angled cuts.
Step Six: Place the primed trim on top of the plain flat trim. Line up the outside edges together and nail in place. There should be an overhang on the inside edges. That is good, that is where the rope lights go.
Step Seven: Place the plug of the rope lights through the gap you left for it. Start wrapping the rope lights around the frame. Make sure that they are flush with the plain flat trim and insert a nail in front of the rope lights. This will keep the rope lights in place. Make sure you don’t puncture the rope lights. Continue this process until the lights are all the way wrapped around the frame.
Step Eight: Plug in the rope lights to test to make sure everything works and looks good.
Step Nine: Caulk the cracks. Wipe away any extra caulk. Let it dry.
Step Ten: Paint the frame the color of your choice. You may need a couple coats of paint.
Tip: Since the cord hangs down and looks ugly we put her bed in front of the cord. Also it was a pain to fit our hands behind her bed to plug it in every night so we hooked it up to one of the extension cords with the switches. Then we hung it on the outer leg of her bed but on the inside so you can’t see it and she can easily turn it on and off herself.