DIY Stoplight Nightlight

Holly Grace
by Holly Grace
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So my little guy has been asking for a night light and I decided that it was due time that I made him one — cause why buy when you can make, right?
My mom had these old lights at the store that have been kicking around forever and I thought that they would be perfect for stoplights — and I was right!
Just take a look at this DIY nightlight I made! Be sure and watch the video at the end to see thing thing in action, too!
Here are the lights before I painted them.

I also got this great piece of barn board that I scooped up off the side of the road on the ever so famous Thamesford Spring Clean up week.

I cut the barn board to the size that I needed using my Ryobi Orbital Jigsaw. This Jigsaw is easy to use and I have used it for so many great projects — one of my go-to tools.

Next, I painted the inside of the lights with an acrylic paint — of course, I painted them the colours of a stoplight.

To make this a functional stoplight, I used my drill and a 7/8 spade bit to drill three holes in the barn board so that I could feed Christmas string lights through.

I attached the lights over the holes where the Christmas lights were coming through and viola!

Pretty cool, right?
It looks even better all lit up at night in my son’s room.
Give this video a quick watch so you can see this DIY come together from start to finish!

If you like this idea, make sure you pin it!!
Holly Grace
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  • Suzie Suzie on Aug 24, 2017
    Very cool - I bet your youngling just loves it. Can I get away with this in a house with no kids, I wonder...

  • Connie Bledsoe-Farrell Connie Bledsoe-Farrell on Aug 24, 2017
    what are the white grid and where to get them?

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  • Linda Callies Linda Callies on Sep 08, 2017
    Have a grandchild that likes to read in bed. It would be nice if you had a timer on the lights and yellow could be a 15 min. warning for lights out and red for good night! No more arguments.

  • Dee Dee on Oct 20, 2017
    I love this, trying it for my son!