Jellyfish


Examples


Introduction

Imagine the corner of your room filled with six of these, lit in multiple colors, hanging from the ceiling. It's the best night light ever.


Demo Video


Instructions

First, make a 16-slice can. Cut off the top. Extend the strips; but be sure to pull gently away from the center point in radial lines; you don't want your strips pointing in funky directions.

Then tape the first elevator and second elevator together to make a square hole in the center. Place the tips of the strips over the square hole and punch a hole with the pushpin; and then enlarge the punchhole later to toothpick-diameter with the thumbnail/punch.

You can arrange the sides in different patterns. For example, in one picture above, I overlapped one over its neighbor traveling around in a circle. In another, I lifted opposite sides against each other in an "X" pattern. It's a matter of personal preference.

Regardless of how you do it, ideally the pushpin holes should be at staggered heights [lowest, medium-high, medium-low, highest] about 1.5 millimeters between heights. You'd attach the lowest strips first, then, the medium-high, then the medium, then the highest. This way, the jellyfish takes on a smoother, more rounded appearance; and you don't have to stretch the strips as much to have the holes meet at the toothpick. [For simplicity's sake, I neglected this step in the video].

Then unfurl the stingers gently and shape them to extend downward.

Hang from your ceiling with dental floss and a pushpin.

Insert a blue, battery-powered LED light for a spookier look (or put a glow-in-the-dark object in the center well and hang the jellyfish near a window).


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