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How do you make a Japanese lantern?

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To make a Japanese paper lantern, bend a stack of scrapbook paper strips whose ends are attached with brass fasteners into a C shape, and pull each individual strip out until a sphere forms. You need two sheets of 12-inch by 12-inch scrapbook paper, two long brass fasteners, a hole punch and a paper cutter.

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How do you make a Japanese lantern?
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  1. Cut each sheet of scrapbook paper into strips

    Use the paper cutter to cut each sheet of scrapbook paper into 10 strips of paper that are each about 3 centimeters wide.

  2. Punch a hole into both ends of each strip

    Use a hole punch to punch a hole into both ends of all 20 strips. Ensure that the holes are punched in the exact location of each strip. Stack all 20 strips, and attach every end by placing a brass fastener into each side of the stack.

  3. Form a sphere

    Bend the stack until it forms into the shape of the letter C. Pull out each individual strip until the stack forms a sphere.

  4. Hang the lamp

    Tie the end a string around one of the brass fasteners, and hang it. Carefully separate two of the lamp's paper strips, and place an LED tealight candle in the center of the lamp to illuminate it.

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