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For under ten dollars I made this very stylish but simple color changing light fixture. It was soooo easy to make and the result is a great eye catcher!
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Step 1: Gather Materials

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Ok so to start this project off we need:
-A white Chinese paper lantern (dollar store or I bought a 12" one off eBay for $1.25)
-A light socket extension (if you want to use it for the same application I do you need one mine cost about $3 on eBay)
-About 30-35 sheets of white computer paper
-A paper clip
-A hot glue gun
-Also optional if you want your lantern to be color changing you can buy an rgb led light bulb with remote on eBay and it looks great! ( I got mine for about $5 on eBay)

All together the cost of materials for me was approx. $8.25 to make this project and it could be even less if you want to just use it with an existing lamp as a shade or if you wish to just use a regular lightbulb rather than an rgb lightbulb.

Step 2: Let's Get Started!

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Alright so the first thing we need to do is take our computer paper and square it off. You can do this by measuring, or you can fold it diagonally and cut off the paper which excess hangs over. Then fold and cut our square into four equal squares. Now we have four of the sheets which we will use I make the texture on our lantern. We will be making those paper fortune tellers for the next steps!

Step 3: Fold Fold Fold

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Next we take one of our squares and we fold it along both diagonals. Then we fold all the corners in toward the middle. Next very important step is to flip the whole thing over, then you simply fold all the corners in again.
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timon8778 8 months ago

Came out great!Lots of folding but end project is amazing.Clear instructions, and great idea. Here are some suggestions: you could also try stocking the 4 points together and sticking them on line that or make a pattern of the 2!

mulrich125 (author)  timon8778 7 months ago

Hey great job indeed looks better than the original! :) Thanks for sharing,


daxxvondrachen11 months ago

thanks just saved me 250$ for something very much the same at Lamps Plus or as I call them,,,,Lighting Pirates

mulrich125 (author)  daxxvondrachen11 months ago

Glad I could help! If you can, post some photos of your finished product! Thanks and happy crafting, Matt

tsmith1577 months ago
I have never had a problem using regular 60 watt bulbs in lanterns. As long as there is enough space
mobiansstech8 months ago

Amazing Piece Of Art

brookefox9 months ago

Very nice, nice enough to be made with durable, quality materials.


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mulrich125 (author)  deleted_account10 months ago

Thanks so much! :)

chestikof11 months ago
love it!
parisphan11 months ago


alcurb11 months ago
Fantastic !! I feel I can knock this one off in an hour. Thanks for your contribution.
mulrich125 (author)  alcurb11 months ago

No thank you! and upload a photo of your completed project if you can! :) Happy crafting!

GothBoyUK11 months ago
This is excellent. I'm an Interior Design student and something like this would easily sell for several hundred dollars if it was by a named designer. You've got a really good designer look for next to nothing. Well done!
mulrich125 (author)  GothBoyUK11 months ago

Thanks for the compliment glad I could help!

jsmith34711 months ago

Excelente !!

Vampyra6511 months ago

Wow, that is so cool and pretty! Thanks for sharing.

thehaneyplace11 months ago

Nice job! :)

texach11 months ago

this looks cool, I'll try to make one! And as title says easy to make but also easy to burn that house down xD

agis6811 months ago

very luxurious results.....clever

steelspark11 months ago
Unless you were using LED's wouldn't this be a fire hazard?
mulrich125 (author)  steelspark11 months ago

Most lightbulbs now are compact fluorescent and wouldnt produce nearly enough heat, but even if you had an incandescent in there, since the diameter or the lantern itself is 12", the blub would be about 5" away from any side: too far away to pose any real threat. Also there is a fairly large hole on top for ventilation so I dont really see it as being a fire hazard. If you felt differently though you could certainly spray the inside with some simple fire retardant spray which you can pick up at home depot. Thanks for your message! :)

ndjalva mulrich12511 months ago

CFL 's will not last if they are placed in the downward configuration [ base up ]

the heat cooks the electronics in short time.

Discojess ndjalva11 months ago

I've had CFL's in a downward position in these paper ball lanters for literally 6 years, same bulb. But I'm swapping to LED's anyway :D

ndjalva11 months ago

I love origami but never thought of such a simple fold could develop into such an elegant project. Your talent did awaken my thoughts in full dreamland aka sleep.

ndjalva ndjalva11 months ago

MOre ,morE moremmmmmooooore you do have a talent that should be nurtured and expanded, I wait for the next,../././././//

eqian11 months ago


mulrich125 (author)  eqian11 months ago

Thanks! :)

jbh12311 months ago

Great idea and execution. After a while, though, I bet it'd be a real you-know-what to dust that thing! :-)

PikeMinnow jbh12311 months ago

get an air brush or a can of compressed air.

mulrich125 (author)  jbh12311 months ago

Hahahah not a bad point ;) thankd for the comment, Matt

Cgott11 months ago
It looks like my favorite flower-(Heavenly Blue) Morning Glory! Very pretty!
mulrich125 (author)  Cgott11 months ago

Thank you! :)

BurgersBytes11 months ago

Boy you could fill that up with a ton of bright LED lights hanging by the 12 volt DC wall wart cord and maybe save some electricity too. Very nice idea!

mulrich125 (author)  BurgersBytes11 months ago

Thanks! :)

azebra611 months ago

I too am anxious thinking of paper so close to heat but LED would certainly work. I picture 3 of these in different colors to suit the room. Nice project. Thank you.

mulrich125 (author)  azebra611 months ago

No thank you! :) also you could use the CFL bulbs (swirly kind) that are more popular nowadays! Happy crafting

rosane6211 months ago

linda magnifica amigo, mas sabe tive uma ideia quem sabe ao em vez de fazer de papel poderia ser de resina sera que da? mas ficou muito lindo estes coloridos

Fikjast Scott11 months ago

This is fantastic - imaginary

lovemuffin11 months ago

This is awesome, but NOW I want to know about your wall decoration in the background. I LOVE it.

Adrienne Smith

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