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Add storybook charm to your child's room with these simple night lights. They feature handy LED lights that shut off automatically - so there's no wiring necessary!
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Download our sheep patterns (or optional flower and butterfly shapes). The images print in reverse, but when applied and cut out from the back of the cork, they will appear in the correct orientation.
Cut three pieces of cork shelf liner to 9"x11" and tape them to your work surface. Use a spray adhesive to adhere each pattern to the back of a cork liner. Cut out the shapes with a utility knife (Photo 1).
Remove the tape from one corner of the liner, peel the backer from one corner of the cork, and replace the tape. Repeat for each corner as you gently remove the backer.
Center an 8"x10" piece of Lexan on each piece of cork (Photo 2), and trim the edges of the cork flush with the Lexan using a utility knife. (Clear panels come in two varieties at Lowe's: acrylic (Plexiglas) and polycarbonate (Lexan). Plexiglas is 10 times stronger than glass, less expensive than Lexan, and cuts with a utility knife. Lexan is more expensive and 30 times stronger than Plexiglas, and requires power tools to cut.)
From a 1"x6", cut nine boards 6-1/2" long for the three light housings. Drill a 3/8" hole where shown in three of the boards (Project Diagram); these parts will become the backs of each light.
Assemble three boards using glue and finish nails to make each of the housings. Sand the wood and the back face of the Lexan using a 180-grit sanding sponge (Photo 3) -- sanding the Lexan gives the night-lights a soft glow.
Prime and paint the housings. We painted ours white for extra shine.
Attach the cork/Lexan faces to the housings using silicone adhesive, making sure the face is centered side to side and flush at the top and bottom of each housing.
Install one LED puck light in each housing using the adhesive provided with the light.
To mount, drive three #8x2-1/2" panhead screws into the wall studs spaced 16" part -- or use hollow wall anchors -- leaving 3/4" of each screw still protruding from the wall. Slip the lights over the screws, click them on, and let the dreams begin.