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DIY Night Light

By Kirsten McKechnie

This little light came about as I couldn’t commit to buying a night light for my baby’s room. There are so many gorgeous ones around and I just couldn’t decide which I liked the most! We are also lacking in shelf space so a hanging light was the perfect solution. I intended for this to be a temporary fix until I had made up my mind but now I’ve fallen in love with it and it’s here to stay!

You will need:

- 3 m copper string lights (from Kmart or Target)

- medium gauge fencing wire from a hardware store (a bit lighter in weight than coathanger wire)

- cardboard tubing in different sizes (or anything else to form different sized circles, like bottles)

- pliers

- wire cutters

- clear tape

Method:

1. Using the tubing as a mould, bend the wire around in a semi-circle. Use the pliers to pull the wire back sharply before starting each new semicircle.

2. When you have enough bumpy cloud sections just pull the wire straight along the bottom. It can be tricky to unbend a bend, so it helps to vaguely plan the shape first. Trim it so that it overlaps by about 5 cm and wrap the two ends together with tape so that it will hold together.

3. Carefully wrap the copper string lights around the wire, leaving enough length before the switch so that it can rest on a table or shelf wherever you hang the light. Take your time, trying to tightly and evenly space each twist. I had to double back over to use up all the string light length.

4. Hang it up, turn it on and admire your handiwork!

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