DIY Carousel Lantern




Do you want to make a small decoration to decorate your desk top? Here is a budget friendly suggestion.
Just use a used jar, a piece of paper , a foil pie pan, some wire and a candle.


Step 1: Materials & Tools


  • Empty Glass Jar
  • Wire
  • Candle
  • Foil Piepan
  • A4 paper (80gsm)


  • Long Lighter
  • Combination Cut Pliers
  • Scissors
  • Pencil Compass
  • Embossing Stylus
  • Ruler
  • Cutting Mat
  • Masking Tape
  • Glue
  • Compass Cutter
  • Art Knife
  • Cutter

Step 2: Measuring the Jar

Measure the height & circumference of the jar.

Step 3: Draw the Outline of the Lantern

After I have measured the size of the jar, I can draw an outline of the lantern.
But the lantern have to be larger than the jar, so that I will add 1 cm ~ 3 cm to the circumference of the jar.
By simple calculation, Circumference = 2 × π × radius, I can find the radius of your lantern.
Then I can use pencil compass to draw a circle for the lantern top.

Then I draw a smaller circle (with radius of 5 mm shorter than the lantern radius), and a central circle (with 5mm radius). And between these 2 circles, I divided 8 parts & draw 8 small FAN-shape.

Step 4: Making the Lantern Top

I use the compass knife to cut the smaller circle out.

And cut a circle from the foil pie pan with same radius with lantern top.

Then use the masking tape to stick the paper & foil together.

Use embossing stylus to make indent along the dotted line, and use cutter to cut the solid line of the FAN-shape.

Then, I cut a small circle (radius smaller than 5mm) from the remain foil pie pan, and make a small indent at the centre. After that, I glue the small circle face upwards to the centre of the foil lantern top. This is VERY IMPORTANT, because this is the PIVOT of the lantern.

After that, stick the foil lantern top to the lantern outline. (Keep the indent face upwards, because after I fold the paper, the indent will be inside)

Step 5: Drawing & Cut Out the Pattern

Then I can draw anything I like in the rectangle area of the lantern. (Of cause, If your pattern is very complicated, more time is needed to cut the pattern out.)

After I drew the pattern, I start cutting the pattern & the outline of the lantern.
But I have not cut the circumference yet. Because the lantern circumference maybe longer than the measurement.

Step 6: Stick the Lantern

Now, I will curl up the rectangle part of the lantern first. Then I will try to fold the lantern to see is ti alright.

Usually, the wall need to be longer. So I mark the new circumference down and cut it.

After I glued the whole lantern. It is nearly finish.

Step 7: Make the Base

First, I use wire to make a pivot frame that can fit the jar opening.

Second, I use remain foil pie pan to make a plate for the candle, and I cut the candle to length I need.

Then put the candle into the jar, put the wire pivot on the jar, and Light the candle. Finally, put the Lantern on the wire pivot. It is Done!!

Step 8: Finished!!!




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    14 Discussions

    I had one of those when I was younger, they need to make more nowadays.


    3 years ago on Introduction

    Would you be kind and please upload on YTube. I would really love to see it working looks very interesting.

    (113Mb is pretty large file for my net speed)


    3 years ago

    Perfect for my granddaughter. Has to stay in bed a lot but is old enough for a candle.


    3 years ago on Introduction

    This is one of the coolest things I've seen in a long time! So simple, but so awesome.

    Love it!

    1 reply