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I've been working on the idea of these cubes for a while. First I was trying to make it into a pendant, but I couldn't work away  the battery. I wanted to put the battery inside, but when you put something inside an object you're going to light from the inside, you can see the battery from the outside. So, pendants were off. Then I made a cube using regular paper. It's basically the same as shown in this instructable, but then with regular paper. It was nice, but didn't have that "wow" feeling I was looking for. Next I tried it with coloured transparent paper and I couldn't have been happier with the end result. I hope you like it!
 
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Step 1: Materials

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I wanted these cubes to be as easy as possible to make, no soldering iron or other tools. This is what you will need:

- scissors
- transparent coloured paper
- needle
- eraser
- LED
- battery
- regular white paper
- scotch tape
- glue (optional)
- flat-nose pliers
 

Step 2: The paper

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Start by folding your paper. I folded the paper in half on the short side, then I folded the corners in to touch the middle crease. Next fold back the triangle you've just created. Unfold these folds and cut out as shown. Next there is a bit of folding and cutting (again).  Fold the corners to the middle crease in the direction not yet folded. Unfold these two folds. Fold both sides to the middle, unfold. The last fold here is folding the paper in half on the short side, unfold this fold as well.

Step 3: The pieces

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Now you will see eight small squares. You're only using six of those, so cut out six :) 

Next you will need to fold the pieces. I've already shown how to make these pieces in my origami bracelet instructable.

Put it together until you have one piece left. 

papermaker746 months ago

I like how they light up. They look like real light bulbs.

emilyvanleemput (author)  papermaker746 months ago

Thank you!!

Pictures are sooo nice!
emilyvanleemput (author)  andrea biffi1 year ago
Thank you!!
ynze1 year ago
Very, very nice project!
emilyvanleemput (author)  ynze1 year ago
Thank you!
How is it with your macrame skills? I'm working on an instructable on that double macrame bracelet :)
Macrame skills are still not updated. All my precious making time is destroyed by math and technology classes :-s Even now I'm not supposed to be here. I should be preparing for tomorrow's math class...
emilyvanleemput (author)  ynze1 year ago
and I should be preparing some tests :)
So what are you doing here commenting on my comment on your comment?
:-p

I'm getting back to work now...
A bit of origami, a bit of tech, and they look very nice. Congrats on getting featured!
emilyvanleemput (author)  trans4mation1 year ago
Thank you so much!
Kiteman1 year ago
Oh, you could solder a string of these together to make Christmas lights, or add the cubes to an existing string of plain LEDs.

Very nice.
emilyvanleemput (author)  Kiteman1 year ago
Yes, but that would be A LOT of folding :)

Glad to hear you like it!
mikemorana1 year ago
You could totally make it a pendant if you used thin wire as the necklace (wrapped with something decorative) and the battery held where a clasp is usually placed. =)
emilyvanleemput (author)  mikemorana1 year ago
Cool idea, just not sure about the thin wire as necklace :)