Halloween Mood Lighting: Make Crafty Lights Out Of X-rays!

X-rays from my husband’s head MRI and x-ray from his broken elbow turned out to be perfect for making Halloween themed décor. X-rays by their very nature are great when put in front of a light so it wasn’t much of a leap to come up with these lighting ideas. You will need to ask around for unwanted x-rays. Your friends will think you are weird but who cares? Or, ask your vet if they have any animal x-rays that they will be throwing away.


Night light
How to: Cover a night-light with a portion of an x-ray. I used a creepy head x-ray because of the eyeballs at the bottom.


Candle Votive
How to: Cut the x-ray in a rectangle of desired proportions. The ones pictured here are 5 ½ inches tall. Bring the sides around and overlap a little. You could use a stapler or glue but I used a paper clip on the top and one on the bottom because I can easily unroll them for storage. Inside you can use small jars to put in tea lights or a votive. Be careful of where you place your candles because the bottom of the jars can get hot.
These x-rays are creepy looking and therefore provide great mood lighting for a Halloween party!


Lamp shade
How to: Get a second -hand lamp and use the shade as a stencil to cut out a new shade out of an x-ray. Use black electrical tape along the seam. Also, you can use the tape to trim around the top and bottom of the lampshade.

bones +skulls+innards = Halloween

4 thoughts on “Halloween Mood Lighting: Make Crafty Lights Out Of X-rays!

  1. Lucia M

    WOW, This a cool idea!!! I was wondering what should I do with all of my x-rays:) I guess something good can come out of broken bones too:))) Your creation is fantastic!

  2. Maha

    im also making an xray lamp but without an existing lamp. if i dont have a lamp shade and i directly put the x ray 3-4 inches away from the bulb will it melt or something?

  3. jane Post author

    Since I made this post I’ve been told that x-rays are flammable. I would only use these with a low wattage electric candle or equivalent.

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