Fun & Easy Halloween Craft Project: Spooky Ghost LED Paper Lantern
Instructions on how to make a pair of glowing paper lantern ghosts
For less than $2.00 each!
What will you need?
- Large white sheet of paper
- 2, 3V Battery OR 4, 1.5V Batteries
- 2, 5mm white LEDs
- 2 Balloons
- Tall glass to hold balloons
- Black paper or sharpie (for eyes)
- Dark colored string
- Binder clips
1. Blow up balloon to approximately the size of a baseball, 3X3 inches.
2. To round top of balloon, clip both ends together with binder clip. Set balloon on tall glass, rounded side up.
3. Cut paper into 14 X 14 inch square. You can use any size paper you wish, just make sure it is cut into a perfect square, and you may want to adjust the size of your balloon accordingly.
4. Wet paper on both sides until wet throughout. Dab lightly with paper towel to take any excess water off the surface, and place paper over balloon, making sure it is centered.
5. Drape sides as desired and smooth top.
6. Leave to dry completely.
7. Once dry, you’re ready to set up the LED lights.
- If using 2, 1.5V batteries for each ghost:
- If using 1, 3V battery for each ghost:
10. Cut string to desired length and create loop around LED as pictured, going through the gap between contact points.
11. Place long end of looped thread through a small hole in the center top of your ghost. Tie knot about 4-5 inches above the LED, so that LED hangs in the bottom-center of the ghost. Tape knot to top, inside ghost, so that the string does not pull through the hole.
12. Cut out and attach black eyes, OR draw them on with black sharpie.
13. Hang outside and start spooking right away!
*** To conserve battery, make sure to disconnect a contact point, or remove batteries when you are not using it!
Batteries should last about 8 HRS
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There’s something romantic about your favorite sweater that has worn slowly over time, becoming thread bare in those certain high stress spots. The edges of the neck and sleeves have likely worn, and holes have developed along the seam joining the cuff to the sleeve.
As you know, holes will only grow bigger with every wear and wash. So mending them while they are still small or just formed is always best. As they say, a stitch in time saves nine. Of course, sometimes life tends to get in the way. That little hole is forgotten and put off until its grown to be gargantuan.
But no need to worry! It can still be saved. In this blog post we will show you how to mend a hole in your knit fleece sweaters, small or large! Of course, this technique will work equally well for all knit garments.
The method we will use is mending by hand, or hand sewing, which a quite beautiful and meditative process. Making your favorite sweater all the more unique and romantic.
For this project you will only need 4 things:
- A Holy Sweater
- Thread Snips
- Button Craft Thread
- #9 Sharp Sewing Needle
Here is our beloved sweater, holes and all.
As you can see some holes are still small and some have grown quite large.
In the diagrams above you see the stitch pattern we have used to mend the holes. In essence we are weaving in new fabric to replace the delicate fabric surrounding the hole.
This form of mending gives the sweater a unique and rich look, making it all the more lovable.
Credit: Darning Diagrams from Martha Stewart “How to Mend Knits” http://www.marthastewart.com/306764/how-to-mend-knits#306726 & http://www.marthastewart.com/306764/how-to-mend-knits#306728