Being afraid of the dark is a fear most children go through at some point while they are growing up. Even some adults are still afraid of the dark! Our job as parents is to protect and nurture their minds and bodies. Even when we know there is nothing to be afraid of, the threat is real to small brains, overwhelmed with the excitement and adventures from the day. Help ease the anxiety keeping your child awake by providing a simple comforting talisman to turn to when he or she is scared. Getting your child involved in the process of creating their own night lights will help him or her develop wonderful problem solving skills for even the most intense fears. Plus, the work involved will make them proud of themselves for creating something so unique!

Here are ten creative night lights to help your little one sleep well without keeping all the lights on.

  1. Glowing Sensory Bottle
    If you’re a Pinterest user, there’s no doubt you’ve seen this easy-to-make bottle for bedtime. By grabbing a few items from around the house with glow-in-the-dark stars, a few minutes is all it takes to put this nightlight together.
  2. DIY Mason Jar Fairy Lights
    Glow-in-the-dark paint, some glitter, and a clean jar provides a gorgeous illumination kids can stare in wonderment until they fall asleep.
  3. DIY Mason Jar Nightlight
    Using smaller mason jars and tea lights, children will enjoy getting their creative hands in on this one!
  4. DIY Nightlight
    This gorgeous nightlight is personalized on a glass block with simple instructions. Get clever with the many ways your child can make this his or her own.
  5. DIY Star Nightlight
    Inexpensive and easy, all you need are a few items such as a jar, stickers, and an LED candle to make this light pop!
  6. Constellation Jar
    If you’re searching to add a bit of education into your child’s dreams, marvel at this incredible design using aluminum foil!
  7. DIY Honey Bear Bottle Lamp
    Simple and effective. The Honey Bear lamp uses the familiar honey bear bottles to create a comforting presence. You could even replace the bottom portion with glow sticks instead!
  8. Glow Jars
    Speaking of glow-in-the-dark sticks, this tutorial is the absolute best at describing how to create a gorgeous piece with simple materials.
  9. Tin Can Lamp
    You may need to translate the page, or just look at the pictures –either way, you’ll be amazed at the results of this unique guide!
  10. DIY Paper Lantern
    Alas, our last nightlight opts for paper instead of jars. Imagine how delighted your child will be to pick out the shapes and punch away to create a fun design!

Remember, the idea is to comfort and nurture. The last thing we want to do is give kids more reasons to stay awake by making it difficult to hush their minds. Keep the lights soft and calming, with warm colors incorporated. Also, be sure to position the light in a place where kids can see it, but not touch it. Set some ground rules before bedtime about not using the nightlight as a toy, but as a relaxation tool.