Introduction: Cloud LED Lamp

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This is a very fun project that can be done in only few hours. It can work as a night light or decoration.


Glue gun
Glue sticks
Paper lanterns
LED strip
Fishing line
Extension cord (Optional)

Step 1: Making Clouds

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Build the lanterns.

Start glueing the stuffing to the lantern. (Two person team makes this step faster.) (Do NOT cover the top hole.)

Once you have your clouds tied them together in your desire shape.

Insert your LED strip and test the it works.

Step 2: Look Up to the Clouds

Picture of Look Up to the Clouds

Use a hook to hang your cloud.

Use an extension cord if necessary to plug your new cloud.


(Try to hide the cords for a better look.)


chudson21 (author)2017-05-29

This was such a fun project and my daughter loves it. Thank you!

narisl (author)2016-10-07

I went for the classic look with warm white LED and added a little sprinkle

Akin Yildiz made it! (author)2016-07-24

fun stuff

TuấnĐ4 made it! (author)2016-06-15

I made it!!! I use plastic bottle and there was way easier:
See video here:

Victorm1 made it! (author)2016-03-08

nice instructable i do the litle one in me bed

ooshiny (author)2016-03-03

How big of lanterns did you use? I've seen a range of sizes on Amazon and I'm having a hard time visualizing it at the moment. Brilliant idea for a much easier and more affordable project than I've seen! Thanks!

rmodlin6922 (author)2016-02-01

All hail the glow cloud!

bskalak made it! (author)2016-01-22

Used Chicken wire because I couldn't find any lanterns. Also, replaced the LEDs with 2 separate LED bulbs from Amazon so that I can get two colors and patterns going. Really fun project!

MooCowandPinkie (author)2016-01-10

Creative and excellent tutorial! Where did you purchase the led strip? Does led strip come plug-unready? I have no knowledge of those things!

I got the led strips from e-bay. They were about $11.99 a piece.(It already includes remote and 12v plug.)

Thank you very much. I appreciate the heads-up and will check ebay.

Norman77 (author)MooCowandPinkie2016-01-14

You can get them many places.. if you want to DIY with arduino and stuff.. Adafruit has things there.. or you could possibly get something like this:

MooCowandPinkie (author)Norman772016-01-16

Thank you very much! I am going to check the places you recommended and try to get the courage to try this myself.

danab2u (author)2016-01-14

Awesome, beautiful...your ideas really make me want to start creating things again! Where can I find cheap lanterns?

gtlsoccer (author)danab2u2016-01-16

Check on your local party store. They are really cheap and you can get a set of 5 for around $10.00.

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gtlsoccer (author)2016-01-16

If you guys make a cloud, post some pics of it here!! I would like to see them!!

stinkysasquatch (author)2016-01-15

Awesome project! I'm about to throw one of these up in my new house, but going to make it take up a significant portion of the sealing. To give me an idea of how much LED light strip to get. About how much LED strip length did you put into each lantern?

For this tutorial I used the whole LED strip, but it is not necessary to do the whole strip, I just don't have a use for the rest of the LED at this moment. You can probably just do about half of the strip.

Just4Fun Media (author)2016-01-10

Those look amazing! How long did they take to build?

Have a great day! :-)

gtlsoccer (author)Just4Fun Media2016-01-16

It took me around 1hr to finish one full lamp. (3 lanterns)

GrinningCheetah (author)2016-01-15


I can't wait to make it :)

openme (author)2016-01-15

where's the care bear to go with it?

thundrepance (author)2016-01-15

THIS IS SO GREAT, i cannot wait to do it! i thought that it might be a cloud machine or dry ice, but it's SO much BETTER! thank-you for sharing, gtl'!! ☻

mattcintosh (author)2016-01-14

Should rig a camera flash inside....

thundrepance (author)mattcintosh2016-01-14

yeah, matt ~ LIGHTNING!! x^D

twelveoaks (author)2016-01-14

All Hail the Glow Cloud!

Oscelot (author)twelveoaks2016-01-14

Damn, beat me to it XD

darkknight11 (author)2016-01-14

Nice, I once started a similar project myself. Only mine was designed to use Arduino with Bluetooth in order to connect it to smartphone. I also coded some effects like lightning and candle fire and it was crazy cool to play with. It however never made it off my protoboard and into an actual finished lamp. It will give it another go as a Valentines day gift for my gf by using your lamp design. If I succeed I'll post the instructable on here :)

Tampaguy (author)2016-01-14

Really Beautiful results!

saversa (author)2016-01-14

These are super expensive online. This is awesome! Great build!

EmpoyO (author)2016-01-10

it looks nice :D

Droxz (author)2016-01-10

nice looking :)
thanks for your tutorial.

kiran13xtreme (author)2016-01-10

Excellent dreamy creation. Now i need to find a excuse to build it. Keep floating the awesome instructables from you on here. :)

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