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Tea light lantern with customizable printing.

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A unique and creative gift Idea for the holidays.

It is Christmas time again and you have no idea how to make gift. In this instruction I will show you how to build a lantern with customizable images or text.





 
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Step 1: What you need!

- sheet translucent paper (printable)
- pair of scissors or exacto knife
- printer (Inkjet or Laser)
- tea lights/candle (the reel "wax" ones or electronics)
- glue stick
- ruler
- any picture software

- optional: a drinking glass

Step 2: Some basic designs

Picture of Some basic designs
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For a circular lantern:
Measure your tea light diameter. Multiply diameter by  Pi (3.1415.........) gets you the circumference.
For example:    38mm (1.5") x Pi = 119mm (4.7") 
Than you need an extra 5mm (0.2") joint.
The outcome of this is 119mm+5mm=124mm (4.9"),  that is your width

For a square lantern:

Measure your tea light diameter. Multiply diameter by 4.
For example:    38mm (1.5") x 4 = 152mm (6") 
Than you need an extra 5mm (0.2") joint.
The outcome of this is 152mm+5mm = 157mm (6.2) , that is your width

Other Ideas:
If you use electronic candles it work exactly the same way.
You can also use a drinking glass and wrap the paper around it.
This is the safest way !


ChrysN4 years ago
Very pretty!