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Twinkling Paper Lanterns – Todd Oldham’s craft ideas for homemade gifts


By Todd Oldham |

Easy Kids Crafts: Light Cubes

Make twinkling lights with Origami.

by Todd Oldham | October 24, 2011

Isamu Noguchi was a master of origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. Fold your own origami paper cubes that glow over twinkle lights.

You will need:

  • Parchment paper
  • Roll of paper
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Small string of white twinkle lights

  • Easy Kids Crafts: Light Cubes

    Cut parchment paper into 10 inch squares and fold diagonally corner to corner and crease.

  • Easy Kids Crafts: Light Cubes

    Unfold and crease corner to corner again and unfold.

  • Easy Kids Crafts: Light Cubes

    Fold the paper in half and crease. Gently push the folded corners down and in, forming a triangle shape.

  • Easy Kids Crafts: Light Cubes

    Fold the outside points of the triangle upward and crease:

  • Easy Kids Crafts: Light Cubes

    :And repeat on all sides.

  • Easy Kids Crafts: Light Cubes

    Fold the outside points inward as shown.

  • Easy Kids Crafts: Light Cubes

    Tuck the triangular points at the top and bottom of the diamond into the openings of the side triangles and crease. Repeat on the other 3 points.

  • Easy Kids Crafts: Light Cubes

    Make as many lanterns to match the number of lightbulbs.

  • Easy Kids Crafts: Light Cubes

    Find the hole at the center and blow lightly into it, like blowing up a square balloon.

  • Easy Kids Crafts: Light Cubes

    Ask an adult to slip the lightbulb into the opening at the center of each lantern and push it in until the lantern stays on the cord. For safety, make sure the lightbulb is not touching the lantern directly.

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About Todd Oldham


Todd Oldham

Distinguished as an innovator of accessible design, Todd Oldham is the founder of Todd Oldham Studio. Originally a New York fashion designer, Oldham is currently the mentor on Top Design, Bravo's interior design series. Oldham's career has evolved to include all areas of design, from interior design, film and photography, to furniture, graphic art, and a collection of floral designs for In 2002 and 2003, Oldham designed his own line of dorm room furnishings for Target. In the spring of 2008, Oldham launched his new line of floor coverings, called T.O.D.D (Todd Oldham Designs Durkan).

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