-1 thin wooden dowel cut to 2"
-small sanding pick (not pictured)
-exacto knife (not pictured)
-white paper cut to the size and length of a cigarette (not pictured)
-Battery Holder with Color Coded wire leads (you can do AA or AAA or N 1.5V Alkaline Batteries, depending on the space you have to hide the battery pack - I included AA and N 1.5V holders in the picture below, just choose one)
-1 Slide switch or a button on/off switch (you can choose which works best for your overall design - I included both slide and button switches in picture below)
-1 cut light from a strand holiday lights (any type/color), leaving lead wire (I am using an orange light from a halloween strand of battery powered tiny lights) and exposing wire tips
-Soldering Iron and Soldering Wire (soldering wire not pictured)
-Black, yellow and Orange glitter
-White or Wood Glue
-Clear tape (not pictured)
-Yellow or beige colored pencil (not pictured)
Step 1: Preparing the Dowel for the Light
-Take the thin 2" wood dowel and carefully score 2 lines 2 mm apart along the length of it. It's easier to put it in a vise to make sure you are safe while trying to score it, because you want to make sure not to slip.
-Using the sanding pick, chip at the scored 2mm "ribbon" to remove it from the dowel to create a space for you to hide the wire from the light. Once you have started it, continue to sand the space until it is wide/deep enough for the 2 small wires to fit in it.
-Once the wires fit in the space, tape them into the "cigarette" to keep them into place.
Step 2: Connecting the Wires
-Connect and solder the other wire, which should be the red (+) from the light strand onto the on/off switch (whichever size you end up using).
-Connect and solder the red (+) from the battery pack to the switch.
Test the on off switch as you go to make sure you are connecting properly before you solder everything!
*Please note in the picture below I had the cigarette "filter" separated as I needed to embed the cigarette in something so didn't need it to be whole. You can do it either way, depending on your needs.
Step 3: Covering It All and Making It Look Like a Cigarette
-Mark a slight line where the "filter" will be (if you do it in pencil you can erase it later)
-Color the "filter" yellow (erase the pencil mark if you made one). If you want a brand name on the cigarette, you can write it in at this stage.
-Use a glue stick to glue the paper carefully over the cigarette - there will be extra room at the lit tip, you will fill that out later. You may need to use a tiny piece of clear tape to secure the overlapped paper edge.
-Fill the space at the tip with "white" glue - this dries clear, so don't worry about covering the bulb.
-Alternate dipping the tip, with wet glue, first into black, then yellow and finally orange glitter. You may have to add a little glue and go back and forth between the 3 colors to get it to look just right. Be careful not to squash the tip in the process, as it still has wet glue and extra space.
-let it dry fully overnight with the lighted tip at an angle, facing up.
Step 4: Incorporate It Into Your Costume
Here are a few pictures of cigarettes I made - once for a Halloween costume where I had an ashtray full of cigarette butts and a few lit ones (the cigarettes and ashes were glued down, shellacked, and the wires ran under the ashtray/shelf), and another time where I built it right into the hand for a chain-smoking puppet (I put the battery pack in her wrist, and build the switch into her hand) - but you can really use it in a variety of ways and it looks great!
The 3 colors of glitter really gives the illusion it is sparkling...