On these colder, darker days of winter we need to do all we can to brighten and cheer our homes. I love the cozy glow of the fire in the woodstove and the soft radiance of strands of white lights hung around the house. Something I saw several years ago at someone’s house was a strand of origami paper lanterns. They were so lovely. And so simple. All it was, was a set of origami boxes/ balloons on a strand of white Christmas lights. I already knew how to make the little origami boxes/ balloons so I decided to make myself a set. The first set I made was actually a bit expensive because I went and bought two packages of fancy origami paper. This time I only spent about five dollars, $2 on a strand of twenty white lights, and $3 on a 100 pack of colorful 6″x6″ scrapbook paper. Scrapbook paper is ideal for this project; it comes in just the right size, a variety of beautiful colors and patterns, and you can get a whole book of it for a few dollars. It is a simple project to do. It only requires some time and quite a bit of paper folding. During a movie is the perfect time to do it. If you want to make a set for yourself, here is how.
|Start with a strand of 20 white lights and a pack of 6″x6″ scrapbook paper|
|Take out one sheet of 6″x6″ scrapbook paper|
|1. Fold paper in half diagonally|
2. Open up and fold diagonally the other direction
3. Bring the corner of the triangle up to the center point
4. Bring the other corner up to form a square
|5. Open paper up so inside is facing you|
6. Begin to bring the two creases on opposite sides of the paper together
7. As they come together it will form into two triangles
8. Flatten and place on the table
|9. Bring the two corners up to point. Flip over and do the same for other|
two corners, forming a square.
|10. Fold two corners of square in, meeting at the center,|
repeat on other side.
|11. Next fold free corner and tuck into previously folded corner.|
Repeat for all four.
|12. Pull open slightly. Find the end with the hole and gently blow|
in a puff of air until the balloon inflates.
13. Insert white light into the hole. Jiggle gently until it is on securely.
Now make 19 more and you have a whole strand!
|The Finished Light Strand|
|Pretty Lanterns Hanging Above My China Cabinet|