Introduction: How I Made a Cool Cardboard Lantern - I Made It at Techshop Detroit!
This is a cool little cardboard lantern I made out of cardboard. It holds a tea-light candle and makes a really cool shadow.
Step 1: Gather Your Materials!
You will need:
A piece of cardboard (I broke down a box)
A laser cutter
Hot Glue Gun
Select an image to cut into the cardboard and give it a test run on the laser printer. This picture is the original image I chose but not the final choice.
Once you have decided on an image, cut out four identical parallelograms and cut the desired image into each.
Step 3: Making a Base and Gluing It Together.
Glue the four rectangular panels together.
Cut out a square base that is equal to the width of one side panel. In this case, the panes are 3" wide so the base plate measures 3"x3". Lay down a bead of hot glue and affix the base to the main body.
Step 4: Making the Top.
Cut out four identical isocelese triangles whose hypotenuse is equal to the width of the main piece (3" in this case). Glue the triangles together to for a pyramid-shaped cap for the lantern. The cap can be removed to insert candles (LED).