Introduction: Cigarette Box Paper Lantern
If you smoke cigarettes, this is a nifty little way to reuse your old boxes. (:
I smoke Camel Turkish Royals, and I think the boxes look pretty cool. In my last apartment, I decided to cover a whole wall in Turkish Royal Boxes. It was so perfect, because my boyfriend has this old sign that says "Camel Cigarettes Sold Here." See photo. Anyhow, taking that wall down when we moved out was a total pain, and now that we're in a new place, I wanted to do something different with all my saved boxes. We have had this paper lantern light socket in the closet for God knows how long, and I have a full box in the closet of spent cigarette and beer boxes. Thus, with an idea, the things in my closet, and a box of brads, this lantern was born.
Step 1: Materials
If you smoke cigarettes, save up your boxes and the lantern has paid for itself. (:
24 Spent cigarette boxes. I used 18 boxes of Camel Turkish Royals and 6 boxes of Camel No. 9's.
96 Brads, isn't it a good thing these come in boxes of 100?
1 Lantern light socket designed for use with low heat light bulbs; ours is from Ikea and cost around 10 dollars. I just checked the site, these are 4 dollars now.
1 Low heat light bulb; I believe the socket came with one but they're around 10 dollars for a pack of 4.
2 Feet or so of wire for hanging, though I used black thread :P
Hook(s) for hanging, however you please
Something to stab holes in paper, an awl would be great, but I used a very small screwdriver
Step 2: Dismantle Your Cigarette Boxes
This is by far the longest and most tedious step.
Remove the cellophane from the box and recycle it.
Open the top of the box and carefully pull apart the tabs on the sides.
Carefully pull apart the lower (large) tabs on the sides of the box.
Tear out the shiny foil, and recycle it.
Lay the box flat, face down and cut down the lines on both sides where all the tabs are connected. (this will leave the front and back of the original box and remove the sides.) Recycle those tabs.
Lay the box face up and cut on the creases between the front / back pieces and the top / bottom pieces. Recycle those or save them for some other nifty project.
Pull off the piece that is right behind the front of the box (on my boxes, it is the gold piece.) It is glued on, but this glue is not to be trusted! When I constructed my lantern before taping these guys down, I had weird corners sticking out everywhere.
Fold a tape loop to stick these pieces back together.
Place the front face down, and tape the entire back of this piece.
Your deconstructed box parts should look like the last photo. Easy as pie!
Repeat with the other 23 boxes. Is your recycle bin full?
Step 3: Stab Some Holes!
Using your awl or screwdriver, stab a hole about 3/8" in from every corner of every box. This will go much faster than the previous step. (:
Step 4: Time to Put It All Together!
To keep things simple, it worked best for me to start by putting brads in all 4 holes of the box fronts. Since I was using the No. 9 boxes for accents, I went ahead and put 4 brads in all of my No. 9 components.
With the boxes facing upright, assemble 2 front pieces and two back pieces into a diamond shape (see photo.)
If you're using accent boxes, assemble those in your desired pattern. I placed mine on the top left and bottom right positions of my diamonds, to make a sort of candy stripe look.
Continue making diamond shapes until you run out of boxes. You will have 12 diamonds total.
Step 5: Some Assembly Required
Get all of your diamond shapes together in two rows and connect them at the corners. Keep in mind your pattern will overlap from the left to the right. If you're putting all of the front components on top of the back components, you will end up with a sheet that will look exactly like mine.
Step 6: Roll It Up
Carefully take your big sheet of cigarette boxes and roll it into a cylinder. Connect all of the box corners at the seam. You now have a big tube. Yay!
Step 7: Close the Ends
On the ends of your tube, the basic idea is to connect all of the corners.
Take an open corner between two boxes and connect those.
Do this around the circumference.
Flip it over, and do it again.
Your lantern is now a lantern!
Step 8: Hanging Material
Okay, so I'm sorry to say, I constructed this whole thing before I realized it should be my first Instructable and I wasn't taking photos during the process. I did this the hard way and threaded the socket cord all the way through my hanging device, and that cord is now nailed to my ceiling, so I will provide the best description I can.
Take your wire, string, or thread, and cut three lengths slightly larger than the diameter of the opening in the top of the lantern.
Double those guys over, and tie a square knot in each (unless it's wire, of course.) You now have three loops that are about the same size as the radius of the lantern at the top.
Place your three loops around the cord so that they sit above the light socket.
Open three equally spaced brads around the top, place a loop in each brad, and close those guys up again.
Screw in your low heat light bulb.
Congratulations! You've just made your very own cigarette box paper lantern.
Step 9: Final Thoughts
So, I've love to hear what you thought of my first post. The only thing I bought for this project was the box of brads, so if you have any suggestions to make it better, let me know (unless you're going to tell me that hanging it with thread was silly, I already know that.) (: If you go out and make yourself one of these, send me a photo! I'd love to see them.
Oh and a handy hint, if you don't smoke but you think this is cool, four smoker friends can give you 24 empty packs in one week.