This bright and versatile cloud light can be large or small, color changing or white, and hung from the ceiling or stand alone! Made mainly from paper lanterns and cotton batting, the cloud is easy to assemble and lightweight. Lights are small and battery operated so that the cloud may be hung from the ceiling or stand-alone (and it is fully portable)!
Step 1: Gathering Materials
To make the cloud body you will need:
-one large oblong paper lantern
-two small oblong paper lanterns
-hot glue gun & glue
Step 2: Creating the Cloud Body
Assemble paper lanterns according to directions. Tear small pieces of cotton batting out of bag and hot glue them on to lantern body. After gluing each piece, hold in place for 5-10 seconds to ensure it will stick. Continue covering lantern body in cotton, leaving each end open so you can insert lights later. Repeat this process with each paper lantern.
Step 3: Assembling the Cloud
Once all three lanterns are covered, allow them to dry overnight. Then use white string to tie the lanterns together (for our paper lantern, we tied the string to the wire frame inside). You can tie the sections together in unique ways to create the cloud shape you want!
Step 4: Securing the Ties
Apply hot glue to each string knot to secure the ties between sections. Allow the glue to dry, and then move your piece around to ensure its the shape you want. If it isnt, you can cut the strings and reattach pieces.
Step 5: Lighting the Cloud
To light the cloud we used LED color changing fairy lights. They required AA batteries and could be turned off and on with a switch. Insert one strand each into the three sections of the cloud, secure the battery box on the inside using tape, and switch on your lights!
Step 6: Building a Frame
To make your cloud portable & free standing, you can build a frame out of PVC pipe.
You will need:
-seven lengths of PVC pipe: two the same length for the sides (~4ft), four the same length for the base (~1ft), one for the top bar (~3.5ft)
We used 1" pipe and spray painted it silver. Assemble pieces as shown to create frame.
Step 7: Putting It All Together
Using white string, attach the cloud to the PVC frame by tying knots through the metal frame in each lantern. We used one piece of string per each lantern, depending on the weight of your piece you may want to use more. Optional: secure knots using hot glue