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Working Miniature Lantern

On the corner of Chive Ave and Daisy Lane, where the chives do not blossom, and the daisies do not dance, there’s an old street light that tells the tale of the wayward bunny witch. This story, and the projects that go with it, will be continued. In Part 1, I go over how to make a miniature lantern. and in part 2 I cover how to make the stand.

Put them together and you’ll have your own kinda creepy-weird, all-be-it working, miniature street light. Cons: you will have a kinda creepy-weird miniature street light. Pros: you will have a kinda creepy-weird miniature street light. Since the pro-con scale is about equal you might as well get going and make the thing.  This is what you’ll need…

Working Miniature Lantern Supplies

Disclosure: Post contains affiliate links. I use Amazon links for two reasons. 1. I get free reference photos, which, I feel, is valuable content for you. 2. I love the convenience Amazon offers and I personally buy the bulk of my art supplies there. I only list it if I like it, and I let you know if I haven’t tried something first myself.  


Graph Paper

This is something the miniaturist needs to have hanging out in their studio anyway, so if you don’t have yourself a pad of graph paper, you might wanna pick it up.



Miniature Battery Operated Lights

These lights were the smallest I could find at a reasonable cost. I researched mini light bulbs for longer than I care to recall, but I still think there must be smaller ones out there somewhere. I designed my street lamp to accommodate a bulky mini bulb, but street lamps are pretty big in real life, so I figured they could be on the bigger side in miniature land as well. I don’t think this bulb would work for a miniature table lamp though.


~ Thin Cardboard & Plastic

Luckily you most likely don’t need to buy thin cardboard because, if your family is like mine, your kids eat too much cereal and not enough vegetables and so you have plenty of cereal boxes that you can then recycle into miniature lanterns.

Fabri-Fix, Fabri-Tac, or Tacky Glue

I like the Beacon glue products (Fabri-Fix, Fabri-Tac, 3-in-1). If you’ve been following me for long, you know that very well. Their glues dry fast, they’re paintable, waterproof, super flexible, great with polymer clay, and they create an incredibly strong bond. That said, I bet Tacky Glue would work just as well for this project, if you’re more of a Tacky Glue crafter.

Gray & White Acrylic Paint (and paint brush)

Lace Ribbon

Remember you don’t have to buy lace ribbon for this project. If you have an old dress that you’ll be throwing out anyway, just grab some embellishments for your miniature lantern from your old dress. If you buy trimming, keep in mind you’ll cut the lace to the size you want so the width doesn’t matter. And the color doesn’t really matter either because you’ll be painting it.


Twine or String

Twine is helpful to create faux ledges for a more complex design. Again, it can be any color and thickness just depends on what you’re going for. All I had was a white and yellow patterned twine, so my lantern looked pretty darn unique before it was painted.



Small Paper Fastener

I really hope you have one of these lying around the house so you don’t have to buy a big pack just for this project. That’s when you begin to ask yourself, “how dedicated am I to this project? Is it really worth buying a $2.50 pack of paper fasteners that I never needed before in my life until this moment in time and space. Is this really worth the commitment? Just how badly do I want a kinda creepy miniature lantern made from a recycled cereal box? What do I gain, what do I lose? No guts, no glory…I’m going for it!”  Press ‘buy’ button. Immediate buyers remorse. Cancel item. 10 minutes later…buy again.



I can find wire like this for one dollar at my local dollar store. It’s $6 on Amazon and that seems awfully steep, but I’ll link it for lack of another online resource.




Cotton Balls and Scrap Fabric

You can use cotton balls, cotton batting, or any kind of padding to hold the light in place. Perhaps the basement couch has a rip in it and some stuffing is spilling out a bit. Perfect opportunity. You only need a couple pinches.

Scrap fabric. You only need a wee little bit of fabric, so just cut a little corner out of the curtain or something. Don’t do that! I was joking!


Metal Jewelry What-Nots (totally optional)

If you want to embellish like a mad hatter, you might like the this pack of metal jewelry what-nots. Perhaps this pack also has some sort of ring for the top of your lantern (for the handle). The metal ring I used for mine came from an old bracelet that I destroyed.  This supply is very optional.  Of course, it’s all optional. If you need to make a miniature street lamp, then we have some talking to do.


So that’s about it, except for the ladybug supplies, which would just be some polymer clay. And you’ve probably got that lying around from the other projects I dragged you into.

Thanks for hanging out with me, guys, and happy creating!

with love, Caroline

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2 thoughts on “Working Miniature Lantern

  1. what an enchanting project!

    I can’t seem to find the link to the miniature lights… could you help?

    Also, I found out there are some led earrings that are smaller. Most of them are flashing, but some have a steady light. They light up when the earring post is pushed into the earring back, which contains the battery. I want to get some and start experimenting with them, to see if it’s possible to add a switch or something and change the way the light goes on (and off).

  2. I can’t find part 2

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