This is a viking style lantern pattern designed for use on the GlowForge. You can, of course, use another laser cutter. In addition to these cut pieces,
You will need:
1/4" Wood or MDF (I used ProofGrade Medium Draft Board)
1/4" Poplar Dowels, cut to six (6) 8" lengths and one (1) 8.5" length (1 set per lantern)
Brown Kraft Paper, cut 7.5"x13.5" (1 sheet per lantern)
OIL BASED Polyurethane
2.75" LED Puck Lights (or other light source of your choosing)
Paint or Stain for the lantern body
1/8" Sisal Twine or Wire to hang the finished lanterns
1) Once all pieces are cut, glue the 6 1/4" dowels into the bottom (no hole) half of the lantern. A gentle rubber mallet will ensure flush fit.
2) Line up the 6 dowels with the holes in the top (3" center hole) half of the lantern.
3) Glue the retaining right for the light source into the center of the oval center piece
4) Paint/finish the lantern body, the 8.5" dowel and the oval light holder center piece.
5) Once cured, fit the center piece into the center of the lantern, fitting opposite dowels into the notches at the ends Ensure the hole in the center piece lines up with the slightly larger hole in the top. Fit the 8.5" dowel down through the remaining small hole in the top of the lantern and secure into the center piece.
6) Place a thin bead of glue down the OUTSIDE only of each dowel, and wrap the Kraft Paper tightly around the spokes of the lantern and secure with rubber bands to dry. This should leave little to no gap between the shade and the body, and should overlap by about 1/8" inch.
7) Once the paper is secure, paint the paper only with the oil based Urethane and allow to dry completely.
8) Using the lifting rod, pull the light base to top hole of the lantern and insert your light source!