DIY Mason Jar Night Light

I have received product from Oriental Trading Company to facilitate this review. No other compensation was given. All opinions are my own.

I have two kids who do not share my love of pitch black when sleeping. They both like to have little nightlights. Truth be told, the 4 year old requests at least 3 in different spots in her room. It is what it is and I figure at some point they will outgrow the need for a nightlight.

DIY nightlight

Until they outgrow the need for them I always make sure to have a couple backups on hand. Just in case.

This past weekend I thought it would be fun to make our own night lights. They turned out really cute and were so easy.

DIY Nightlight

DIY nightlight

What you need

Mason Jars (I got mine from Oriental Trading Company).
Acrylic Paint
Battery tea lights
Glitter (we ended up not using any)

Now for the fun. Give each child a Mason Jar and some paint and let them go to town. My son went with one solid all over color while my 4 year old daughter is like her mama. Must have all the colors!! The more color the better!

After they paint this is where you can let them sprinkle on glitter. Normally I am all about the sparkle but the 4 year old had glow in the dark paint in her hair and I could not bring myself to open the glitter. It was for my sanity.

Let them dry.

DIY nightlight

Once dry place a battery operated tea light in the bottom and place in their room.

Yes, they are really that easy.

We turn on the tea light at bedtime and turn it off in the morning. After using these for over 2 weeks now the batteries are still going strong.

DIY nightlight

Originally we did these with glow in the dark paint but even with putting it on really thick and leaving it sit in the sun all day, the paint never did glow. So we added the tea lights for the effect we were looking for. 2 weeks later and the little containers of glow in the dark paint still glow all night long in my closet. I’m not sure why it didn’t work on the actual jar.

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Rachel Akers writes about crafts, recipes, and features the adventures of a family of 4. It is always crazy but I wouldn't change it for the world! Comments or questions? Talk to me on Facebook or Twitter or sign up for our RSS feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader.