Hi ladies so here is a DIY project that I've been working on today. I went on Dollar Tree website...
I don't know about the rest of you girls but I'm so in love with the look of the paper lanterns! I plan on hanging them over the dance floor for my wedding. But the one downside to them is then lighting kits are so expensive and then you have to practically be an electrician to figure out to have it all set up correctly. And one thing I am not... is an electrician. So Im searching for different ideas online and I came across one of the best ideas Ive seen so far! I found a way to light up my paper lanterns without being totally electrically savvy and its not going to break the bank either! Im going to make LED throwies! This is going to be so easy and budget friendly!!! (about $.25-$.35 a throwie!)
You will need
~ 10mm diffused led (diffused ones have a better glow instead of a spot)
~ 3v lithium battery
~ tape (something stronger than scotch tape, packing tape or strapping tape)
~ fishing line
Heres what you do
~ Take one of the 10mm leds and place in on the battery. The longer led wire touches to the positive side of the battery and the shorter wire touches the negative side. (It should be lighting up now. If not then try flipping it around.)
~ Tape the wires to the battery tightly. Go around the battery about 2-3 times. The led shouldnt be flickering at all. Thats it you now have a working led throwie!
(Leds use a lot less power to light up so they last for long time! So far the one I have testing is going on 3 1/2 days now. Im putting them up the day before my wedding so that will completely work!)
~ Use the fishing line to string the leds inside the paper lanterns.
(I havent decided how many throwies Im going to use in each lantern but Ive read that 3-4 throwies is optimal in a 14-inch lantern. I using different size lanterns and I havent bought them all yet. I was just so excited when I read about the throwies I had to test it out and see if it worked. Lol)
I few of the articles that I read mentioned using an on/off switch or making a pull tab but there were many mixed reviews about them saying that it could make the lights flicker or made them unreliable. So Im not bothering with it. They are fast and easy to make so Im just going to be doing them the day before the wedding when we go decorate.
I hope this will benefit some of you ladies as well!!!
I purchased the led lights from ebay for $4.00 for 100 of them and the batteries were $12.89 for 100. I have tested one to see how long these last and I'm going on over 60 hours now and it's still going strong.
Ebay seller for the lights was Mckenkenken and for the batteries it was Fly-ebe.