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« on: September 11, 2005 06:16:39 PM »

I made this nifty little lantern out of an old blank-cd holder, some origami paper, and christmas lights. The amazing turnout:

If you'd like to make one, here's what you need:

-an old blank-CD holder (make sure it's plastic and at least 6 in. high)
-little christmas lights
-Origami paper (2-3 sheets, approx 6x6 size)
-Mod podge (gloss or matte, doesn't matter)
-a small paintbrush, about 1 inch-ish wide

OK! lets get STARTED!!

1. Take your old blank-cd holder, and snap off the little rod in the middle that holds the cds. This should be very easy to do if it's plastic, it should snap right off. Next, make sure there is a hole in the bottom of the holder that is big enough to stick a christmas light cord through. If you want to see what the lantern will look like with the christmas lights in it, take the clear cylindar thingy and stuff the little lights in. Take the bottom of the holder and screw it back on, with the light cord going through the hole in the bottom. Plug it in and hold up your origami paper of choice up to the holder. nice looking, eh? yes, it will.

2. Time of put on the origami paper. Make sure the holder is clean before you slather any mod podge on it. If your origami paper is about the same height as the holder, paint a very thin coat of mod podge onto it and stick your paper straight on it, and make sure it is aligned properly. Repeat this step until the clear holder is covered all the way around it in the paper, and the christmas lights inside it are no longer visible. If you like, you can cover the top of the holder with paper, but i don't reccomend it. The lantern is already dim enough as it is, and covering the top will only limit more light. I do reccomend poking a few holes in the top of the lantern though so the heat from the lights can escape.

Plug in your lantern, and VOILA!!! there's your own homemade origami lantern.

**this is my first tutorial, so be nice  Smiley**


« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2005 06:22:03 PM »

thanks for the cleveridea/tutorial!
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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2005 07:04:17 PM »

i love it!!!!!
i go through tons of blank cds...and sometimes save the tops to keep things in, but your idea is AWESOME!
when i finish the cd spindle i have, i'm so making one of those.

(oh, and those little birds look really sute sitting by the lamp Wink  ).

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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2005 07:19:29 PM »

Very cool, and easy to follow tut!  I've already got my husband's blank cd tower emptied, and am looking 'round for something to stick on it!   YEEHA!

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« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2005 07:44:07 AM »

Thanks for the tutorial! That's really a great idea and I am definitely going to try it out!

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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2005 06:51:09 AM »

I really like this idea Smiley will be trying it soon!
thanks for sharing  Kiss

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« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2005 07:05:49 AM »

Awesome idea...never would have thought of this for a use for all those ones that I have around!  Thanks for the fabulous idea!

« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2005 05:58:37 PM »

That's great...I just bought origami paper on a whim, now I have something to do with it!

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« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2005 07:34:13 PM »

neat, I saw this on readymade today actually, did you know they made it? I love your tutorial better

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« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2005 11:08:43 AM »

Hey, yeah!  That's cool.  I'm adding it to my "do this craft when you get the time...  whenever that is..." list.

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