The inspiration for this project comes from when the kids needed light up in their tree fort.  I thought about some hanging lanterns up in the tree, but it needed to be safe.  Flickering LED lights to the rescue!   This version of the lantern is more indoorsy.  The good news is that one forage through your recycling bin will yield you a whole roomful of lovely soft lights.

Step 1: Supplies/Tools

Picture of Supplies/Tools
Scrap cardboard
Tissue paper
Flickering LED tea light (I got some from the local dollar store - super cheap!)

Xacto knife
Glue gun/glue sticks

Optional stuff:
Wrapping paper (decorate it any which way you like, right?)
Thread, ribbon, string, or chain to hang the lanterns
artworker4 years ago
Adding some solar panel, batteries and light sensitive switch will make it numero uno! Ofcourse you can not keep it unattended in the rain. Awesome project!
Lissastrata (author)  artworker4 years ago
That sounds good! I went with the little lights I happened to have on hand (I had a whole bag of them from a recent event). However, a solar panel would be pretty cool.

A more outdoorsy version was where I used disposable coffee cups in lieu of the cardboard. It is quicker, easier, and more rain tolerant.
sunshiine4 years ago
Very creative! Thanks for sharing your hard work and great fun!
Good looking project.
ChrysN4 years ago