These lanterns were designed by:
Michelle Leonhart: twitter || tinwhiskers.net
Joseph Chiut: twitter || toybuilderlabs.com
for the LAMakerspace's special holiday DIY LED Lanterns class. We hope they help you stay safe and have fun at night!
See the end of the instructable for photos from the class! :)
Tools & Materials Recommended:
*Lasercutter (or an xacto and very steady hand)
*Basic Soldering Equipment
*Paint or Markers
*3 AAA batteries and holder
*Custom LED Circuit (See the PDF for schematic and part numbers, buy it here!)
There are three files attached to this page that you'll need:
*3D Printed Moon CAD file
*Lantern Exterior CDR file
*LED Circuit PDF
Step 1: The Battery Pack
The square piece with one off-set hole in it is the base of your lantern. Run the wires of the battery pack through the hole, such that the battery pack is on the back side.
Now take your lantern sides (the long piece of cardboard with all of the pictures on it), and hold the image of the house up. The rectangle hole that is missing in the house is where our switch will go. We're going to cut the positive (red) wire on our battery pack such that the switch is lined up with the hole in the house.
Step 2: The Switch
Next, slide one half of the moon over both wires. (This step is important!)