I should add that I made this as a present for my husband who was working a gig where he had to be up on the computer every morning at an unreasonable hour when it was still dark out and I wanted to give him something to brighten the room up. I looked at making some other instructables but I didn't have the materials so I made something new with what I had on hand. He loves it, said it made him feel happy when he had to be on conference calls at six in the morning.
Step 1: Scrounge around the house....
Leftover Christmas lights
Christmas light box
Printer Paper (good use for those one-line internet waste pages- although firefox somehow seems to have stopped our printer from doing that so I wound up using fresh paper mostly)
Soldering Iron (optional)