Picture of Medieval lantern

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.

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
Victor Does10 months ago

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

ThisIsMyNameOK11 months ago

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

Eldalote (author)  ThisIsMyNameOK11 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.

Jobar0071 year 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)  Jobar0071 year 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 Eldalote11 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)

KneXtreme11 months ago

This is so cool!

Eldalote (author)  KneXtreme11 months ago

Thanks :)

BigCthulhu1 year ago

Perfect! I'll make it soon!

Eldalote (author)  BigCthulhu1 year ago

Good luck! ;)

bricobart1 year 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)  bricobart1 year 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 Upadhyaya1 year 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)  steampunkpotato1 year ago

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

cool, thanks for another great instructable!
Eldalote (author)  steampunkpotato1 year ago

Thanks a lot! :)