LED Paper Lantern




About: Born in UK, lived in Toronto since 1967 I have always made things.

These LED paper lanterns are very customizable, you can use any size or type of paper and print any graphic on it. You could even draw on the paper, or better yet have your kids drawings light up.

These can go on a flat surface or be placed on a wall. Great for events, dinners, parties, weddings, or children's crafts.

The magnets are used to hold the LED in place as well as attach the lantern to a metal surface. You can substitute tape in place if you are not using magnets.

Find a work surface and prepare your lantern parts:

- 2 Rare Earth Magnets
- 1 3V Through-hole LED - any color or type
- 1 Peice of paper
- 1 CR2032 Coin Cell Battery
- Tape

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Step 1: Tape Magnets to Paper

Tape the 10mm magnets to your paper so that the magnet is centered on the edge of the sheet.

Step 2: Taping the Paper

Roll up the sheet and carefully match the edges, then stick the tape onto the rolled edge of the sheet.

Tape the seam in the middle of the lantern.

Step 3: Lighting Up the LED

Slide the LED onto the battery to light it up.

You can also use tape to hold it in place.

Step 4: Placing the LED Inside Lantern

Put the LED and battery into the lantern, make sure the LED is shining towards the top of the lantern.

The magnet  will hold the LED in place. 

If you aren't using magnets, use tape to hold the light in place.

Step 5: Admire Your Lantern

It will be bright for 2-3 days, then slowly fade and stay lit for about 5 more days.

You can also use synthetic paper, which is more durable and is waterproof.

You can reuse your LED and lantern forever, your batteries can be brought to any electronics store to be recycled.

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    9 Discussions


    Question 3 months ago on Step 4

    Do I have to use the rare earth magnets, can we staple the paper? I am working with special needs people and some should not be around the magnets.

    I can make them. I found a way to add the helium after putting the light in and turning it on. Can do really bright ones too.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you for this. It is so lovely and so simple for any occasion. Delightful.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    This is great! Ill be trying this Is it possible to deactivate the magnets and then reactivate them? I'm thinking of this for picnics.

    2 replies

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    The magnets will always have the attraction.
    Best to use one at a time and keep away from metal.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I really like what you've done and am planning on trying it myself. What is the height of the 10mm magnets you used?

    1 reply