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I’ve been working on a Sensory Tent for Ameli – somewhere for her to be calm and relaxed. Kind of like a chill out room. It’s just in the living room, since we don’t have space to make a whole room for her, though I wish we could.

One of the items in the tent is a sensory light. Well, that’s what I call it, anyway. It’s a light and it’s pretty and its something to look at. 

What you need: 

  • Canvas – I had a cheap one from the £1 shop that was a bit damaged
  • Fairy lights – these were under £3 from Amazon, but you can use Christmas lights too. I specifically wanted some that were battery operated so there were no cables running out of the tent, and also looked specifically for the type that can be wrapped around curtains and so on, so that they are not a fire hazard.
  • Pencil
  • Scissors or craft knife
To start with, I drew a spiral on the back of the canvas as a guide for where to put the lights.
Next, using a craft knife, I sliced small holes through the canvass, before removing the flower heads, poking the lights through and replacing the heads.
I tangled the wires at the back so there wasn’t too much room for movement in the flowers, and ideally you could tack a layer of material to the back of the picture to prevent fiddling (leaving space to switch the light on and off.
I think it’s a lovely addition to the sensory tent, and I like it so much I think I’m going to make some into night lights for the hallway or our room.  They are just so pretty.

2 Comments

How To: Make a Sensory Light

  1. Oh wow that is very pretty! Does it work? Does it calm her down/relax her? I’ve often thought of something similar and search but these things appear to be rather expensive but this is a fab way and even better a cheap way! Thanks xx

    1. In perfect honesty, she doesn’t yet ‘get’ that that’s what the tent is for, but she’ll happily sit in it and have reading time or watch Winnie the Pooh on the laptop. I think as she gets older that will come more into effect. The light doesn’t twinkle, which I think would make it more of a ‘something’ rather than just being lights, since it’s day time when she uses the tent, but either way, it’s pretty and cost under £4 to make! You’re right – they are very expensive to buy ready made!

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