Introduction: Summertime Lantern Lights!

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In this Instructable I will show you how to make lights that are perfect for hanging above things like windows or put them anywhere to add some warm lighting to brighten up any room.

Sorry if I under or over explain things it isnt easy to describe things in directions and photos. I tried my best! :-)

Step 1: Supplies

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Here's what you will need!

—Blank note cards (like unruled flashcards) are what I used but you can take printer paper and cut it into 4's
—Wire (I dont thimk that thickness will matter)
—Mini String Lights (no more than 20 I recommend or else it takes too long)
—Needle-Nose pliers
—A thick/large sewing needle or anything to make a wide enough hole in the paper for the wire

The amount of paper sheets you'll need depends on how many lights you have. I had 20 lights on my string lights.

Step 2: Fold and Hold

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Fold your paper Horizontally as shown in the images. Hold the folded paper so that the creased side is downwards.

Step 3: Cutting

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Cut up till from the creased side until you are 1/4 of an inch from the non creased side (pictures 1 & 2) then unfold.

That's Elly in image 3 (my cat)

Step 4: "Rolling" and Taping

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Take the two short sides of the rectangular paper and match them up creating a cylinder. Tape the edges together so you have a lantern.

Step 5: Needle Work

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Punch 2 holes on opposite sides of the lantern near the top, with your sewing needle. The holes should be about 1/8th of an inch from the top of the lantern. These holes will be used for wire

Make sure you don't go too close to the edge with the hole or it will tear through.

Step 6: Wiring

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Take a wire about 2 inches long, and make hooks at both end of the wire using the needle nose pliers. Jumping ahead a step in picture 2 to show you what the wire hooks should look like.

Step 7: Hooking the Holes

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Put one of the hooks on your 2 hooked wire in one of the holes on your lantern. Clamp the hook tight with the pliers. Next take the wire and put it around the string lights making sure that the light is inside of the lantern. (Refer to image 4) Lastly put the other hook in the other hole so it hangs.

Step 8: Repeat

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Repeat the process as many times as you need, to add lanterns to all of the lights.

Step 9: DONE!

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Hang the lights and you are done! Now enjoy these simple and clean looking lights during your late summer days because summer isn't over yet!

Thank You for viewing! and vote for me in the contest!

P.s. Please tell me in the comment area if anything is confusing. I will try my best to explain, and I will fix it in the instructable. Thanks!


BoboTheEpic (author)2015-09-23

The end result is very nice! I remember making a multitude of these back in primary school for all sorts of occasions.


Laurie-Anne (author)2015-09-03

is the cat optional ?

Thanks for this instructable. it is very clear :)

haha! elly loves to get in the way of things

zach krueger 7 (author)2015-09-03

please tell me if anything in my instructable did not make any sense and i will explain and edit :)thankyou

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Bio: Hello! My name is Zach. I live in Douglasville Pa, and I enjoy and study engineering, robotics, technology, and chemistry. You know, the Science-y type ... More »
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