Magazine article Sunset

How to Light Up Party Lanterns

Magazine article Sunset

How to Light Up Party Lanterns

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The party lanterns on page 64 can cover any lamp you may own or a do-it-yourself lamp like the one shown here. Key to safe use outdoors, where the danger of shorts caused by moisture is greater, is to plug these or any other lamps into an outlet equipped with a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI).

Materials for one lamp cost less than $12; a GFCI and multi-outlet power strip are extra but can be used for several lamps. For the base, cut a 12-inch-diameter circle of 1/4-inch plywood; in the center, drill a 1/8-inch hole. Drill starter holes and insert three eye screws equidistant around the base edge. For stability and cord clearance, tap three or four tack glides into the base's bottom.

Hacksaw a length of 1/8-inch-diameter threaded nipple to half the height of your lantern. Add a nut and insert the nipple through the base just far enough that you can tighten another nut on the bottom. …

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