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Hello friends!

Today I'll show you, how I made this medieval style lantern!

I made it as a cool camping equipment for larp and historical events.

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Step 1: What you will need?

  • rawhide (I used canvas, but I hope I'll have some rawhide from my friend soon)
  • wood plank
  • wooden sticks
  • wire
  • leather
  • thread and needle
  • hinges
  • nails
  • hook
  • glue
  • drill
  • saw
  • hammer

Step 3: Assembling

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As a next step, take sticks and cut them to desired length. Now take your bases and drill holes for the sticks according to the diameter of sticks and then drill some airholes (the bigger the better!). Then try to insert sticks in the holes so you would see, if they fit ( mine came out pretty crooked :D).

After that attach some candle holder. I used a piece of sheet metal and a nail.

Last step is to glue sticks and bases together. I only used 7 of them, because I needed some space for door and spaces between sticks were too small.

Step 4: Wrapping

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Now leave a joiner job for a moment because it's time to take a parchment or canvas and needle with thread.

Measure the circumference and height of the lantern and sketch it on canvas. Be sure to add some space for stitching.

Then just cut it out and sew it to the lantern.

It's good to use pins ;)

victordoes4 months ago

Great for the atmosphere in my living room. Perfect for these darker days. :)

Very interesting. I would be afraid of starting a fire though, so might have to use an LEDcandle.

Eldalote (author)  ThisIsMyNameOK5 months ago

Thank you! Well yeah, you must be very careful. You have to make the lantern high enough and make really big ventilations holes. But LEDs are great solution too ;)

Well.... LEDs are pretty much the only kind Im alllwed to use. And for good reason.

Jobar0077 months ago

A good alternative to rawhide is really thin horn. Cut the rough shape from the cow horn, boil it for 10 minutes, pull and flatten. Weight it with something really heavy while it cools. Once cooled, it will remain flat. You can then run it through a planer or hand plane as you see fit. Horn was the plastic of pre-plastics.

Eldalote (author)  Jobar0077 months ago

Wow! Thanks for information! I didn't know that :)

But I don't have a cow horn as well :D (in fact I'm looking for one for drinking ). Anyway it's so interesting, that I would like to try it sometime.

Thank you for comment! :)

thomhaha Eldalote5 months ago

Another source is chew toys for dogs. Soak in a sink or bathtub to make pliable, and then cut / reshape to your preference. (I learned this making drum heads for ren faires)

KneXtreme5 months ago

This is so cool!

Eldalote (author)  KneXtreme5 months ago

Thanks :)

BigCthulhu6 months ago

Perfect! I'll make it soon!

Eldalote (author)  BigCthulhu6 months ago

Good luck! ;)

bricobart7 months ago

Always nice to see your projects. It would have been more authentic if you hadn't used power tools - try chisel & axe next time, or fire, or a sword, I'm sure you'll love it - but that's just a note in the side. Well done my friend, keep that fire burnin'!

Eldalote (author)  bricobart7 months ago


Well, that's an interesting idea! I kinda like carving the wood with my knife, so maybe my next lantern will be made the old way :D

Awesome :), Loved it.

Eldalote (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya7 months ago

Thank you Tarun! :)

Do you think it'd be possible for a small lightbulb to be wired on the inside? It would make a great table lamp.
Eldalote (author)  steampunkpotato7 months ago

Yeah, I'm pretty sure it's possible ;) In fact that's a great idea!

cool, thanks for another great instructable!
Eldalote (author)  steampunkpotato7 months ago

Thanks a lot! :)