How to Make Miniature Japanese Lantern

I always wanted to try a summer festival themed toy photography using lantern for backdrops.


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There are many kinds of traditional Japanese lantern and I’ve been trying to figure out how to make one that can be used for festivals. I have searched the Internet and I just couldn’t find anything at all. All I could find is an origami lantern.

Until one day as I was cleaning up our storage area, I found a PVC flexible corrugated electrical conduit pipe in orange color. I thought it could possibly work if I cut it into several pieces, big enough to put it on the Christmas lights.

In today’s post, I am showing you how to turn this corrugated electrical conduit pipe into a lantern based on an anime photo above. It may not look exactly like the traditional Japanese lantern but I think this works for me. You can see my toy photography Cu-poche Festival Photo Session with these lights here.

These materials are available at your local hardware and school supplies.

Materials Needed:
– PVC flexible corrugated electrical conduit pipe (orange)
– Black construction paper
– Glue and Scissors
– Christmas lights

Step 1

Cut the corrugated electrical conduit pipe at least 1 inch in size.

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Step 2

Cut the black construction paper enough to fit around the pipe.

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Step 3

Put some glue on the tip of the pipe.

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Step 4

Glue the black construction paper on each side.

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Let it dry.

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Step 5

Get your Christmas lights and poke each light into the miniature lantern. You can either use a hook wire or thread to set the lantern in place.

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Ta-dah! It looks great with the lights on!

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I hope this tutorial gave you an idea on making miniature lanterns for your next toy photography project. See you guys next time! 😀

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