I made these bookmarks a while ago using my Silhouette plotting cutter, not the laser cutter. I’m planning to revisit the idea, this time cutting on the laser cutter. The bookmarks are three layers of coloured card with lower layers inset by 1mm to create depth.
I designed this lantern and made a few kits for the “Mermaids & Ocean” theme exhibition in Cardigan’s Guild Hall. As usual, these are laser cut from 160gsm paper. A safe, flame-free LED tea light is included. Being made of paper, the lantern isn’t safe for use with a wax tea light or other naked flame.
My sister asked if my paper lanterns could be any smaller. This is as small as I can go. Any smaller and I wouldn’t be able to get the tea light in. It’s laser cut from 160gsm paper with an LED tea light.
All the parts can be cut from a single sheet of A4 unlike the larger lanterns which use two sheets. I’m not sure whether I will make a product of these and offer them for sale.
Deborah at Pookashop suggested making craft kits from my paper lanterns. What an excellent idea. The hardest part was writing the instructions which aren’t likely to be earning any literary prizes. The kits are available from Pookashop in Cardigan, Wales.
At the moment, I’m not selliing these on-line. The kit includes the LED tea light which is too large to be posted as a large letter and so would cost £3.30 as a small parcel. Too expensive, I think, for a £5 lantern. I’m reluctant to leave out the LED tea light as I’m concerned people would use an ordinary wax candle tea light and then complain the lantern caught fire. The tea lights are cheap if you buy 10, not often offered singly.
I’m in the process of making a “How To” video showing how to make the lantern. I hope to finish that tomorrow afternoon. Most of the video is done, the voice over remains to be recorded.
These cute paper lanterns will be ready for Valentine’s Day in a couple of weeks. I’m planning to print some “no naked flame” labels for safety, then these will be offered for sale. I’m also planning to offer several different designs and customised lanterns. I’m hoping for some business from the wedding industry.