Please note that not only is this my first instructable, but I did this with absolutely NO planning whatsoever. It was more of a "Hey, I wonder if I could build that" kinda idea more than anything else.
So yours will probably look and work better.
Step 1: What you need
Solid core wire, 22 to 18 gauge. You can find this at Radioshack
Popsicle sticks. These are at craft stores
On/off switch. I cannibalized this off of an old solar lamp, but Radioshack has them
3 Ni-MH batteries. And yes, they do need to be Ni-MH (because Ni-MH is 1.2 volts as apposed to 1.5 volts). Again, I would recommend Radioshack
small Tic-Tac container. find these at your local corner store
White LED. I like THIS store, because it has free shipping. I bought 100 white LEDS for $8. And you can NEVER have too many LEDs
Super glue. I would check "The Home Depot" for this.
Tin Snips (scissors work, but tin snips make it amazingly easy to cut through Popsicle sticks
wire strippers. I ended up not using these
hot glue gun
heat sink (to use while soldering LED)
Tools and supplies not in picture:
drill-bit the same diameter as your LED
hot glue sticks
about 1-2 hours of free time