Primitive country night lights with silicone dipped bulbs are easy and fun to make, and are great things to sell at craft shows or give as gifts!!! 🙂 Here’s how I do it!
- Mainstay (Walmart Brand) Clear Silicone
- Calking gun
- Rubber gloves
- Cheap night lights and/or extra 4 watt bulbs from the dollar store
- String or wire – to hang up bulbs to dry
- Small disposable cup
- Popsicle stick or wooden dowel – to stir in cinnamon
- Homespun fabric
- Rusty stars and/or hearts
To start, buy some cheap night lights at the dollar store, and remove the cheesy plastic covers. Unscrew the bulbs and set aside, as you’ll be dipping them shorly! It takes some time to get down the technique, so get some extra bulbs to experiment with if you are just starting. Additional 4-watt bulbs can also be bought at the dollar store, usually 4 for $1. You want to get CLEAR silicone, which can be found at Walmart or any home supply store. I find the Walmart brand “Mainstay” works the best. You can add some cinnamon to the silicone for color (when it’s lit, it’s a much warmer look, also it camouflages any imperfections in the silicone), or leave clear if you wish.
Using the calking gun, squirt the silicone into a shallow bowl or cup – like an old cream cheese or sour cream container. Something disposable. Mix the cinnamon in at this point, if you wish. Gripping the base of the bulb, dip it down into the silicone, while slowly turning it to get the whole bulb covered up to the edge of the base. Then dip it down in and pull it out in a quick motion, to create the long tip, or “flame.” This takes some practice!
WORK QUICKLY! The silicone cures quickly once exposed to air, and will become harder and harder to work with!
Hang up by the base to cure. I use a small piece of string tied to the base and hang it from a clothesline. Once the silicone bulbs have set (after at least 24 hours), screw back into the night light. Tie some homespun fabric around the neck of the night light and either knot or tie in a bow. Finish by adding a rusty star, or heart.
So FREAKIN cute, aren’t they??