Intro: DIY Paper Lantern
Like previous yarn lantern instructable, my wife and i decided to purchase new lightings to change feeling of the environment but the products which we liked expensive as hell.
I created cheaper version of it by spending few hours, mine is not satisfying enough but maybe you can get inspired and develop alternate versions of it by following steps.
Step 1: Materials
- 15 meters of copper wire around 3~5mm diameter (mine was some kind of steel alloy)
- industrial packaging paper 150x100cm
- 3cm diameter of rod, preferably from walnut tree
- two light bulbs and housing
- 2 meters of cable + electricity plug
- nails, smallest as possible
I found rod from a hobby department of a local hardware store, it's grinded & polished and cost was about $5, packaging paper can be found from anywhere. cost probably less than a dollar. total cost was $18 to me
Step 2: Create a Cage
To the sake of economy i used some kind of steel alloy wire, it will be more stylish if you use small wood sticks to create a straight box. you might need a gripper to give it a shape
Step 3: Prepare the Paper
you might noticed the packaging paper isn't transparent enough to pass light, you have to crush and squeeze it to make it thinner. that's also gives a texture to it.
Step 4: Attach Rod to Cage
i created cross pathways while creating the cage to put the rod in there. put the rod at least %50 of the cage. otherwise cage will bend on any shake.
Step 5: Attach Light Bulbs & Overlap
make sure bulbs doesn't touch to cage walls, they're getting hot after few minutes. otherwise you might get an olympic torch instead of a lantern.
Overlap the paper after that, paper needs to be slightly stretched, not too much, not less. use hot silicone or glue to bond each end.
Step 6: Final Look
well, i tried. not the same product at the mall but this one %90 cheaper. just spent 3 hours to it, you can do better by spending 6.