Published on November 20th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Lovely snowball light!

Materials: Ikea paper lantern (Regolit)

Description: I stole this idea from somewhere (can’t remember where) so I won’t take credit for it!

I had however bought the coffee filters months prior, knowing I would find some crafty use for them eventually. So you could say I willed this into existence. Right?

Anyway, this is easy as pie and cheap too.

You gently scrunch up the bottoms of the coffee filters so there they’re pretty wrinkled but the “skirts” are still quite neat. Dab glue dots with your gun all over the bottom, mostly along the edges – you won’t need much and don’t have to be too precise — and just place the glue-dotted bottom on the lantern shade, one by one until you’ve covered it all.

It doesn’t require too much patience or precision, it’s probably going to come out looking pretty no matter what.

~ gudrun, Iceland

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Jules Yap

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21 Responses to Lovely snowball light!

  1. Christina says:

    I also did this project and posted on my blog just 10 days before the post on here. :)

  2. Anonymous says:

    Looks beautiful! But I am wondering how many coffee filters and how many hours this takes? I’d like to know that before I consider trying it myself. Thanks!

  3. Do you have any close up photos of the coffee filters being attached or right before attaching? I can not see what you have done and I would like to as I have one of these that is torn and I could fix it this way.


  4. Anonymous says:

    To dust, blast it with a hair dryer.

  5. Anonymous says:

    family fun magazine (geared towards families obviously) showed this ides with cupcake/muffin liners – which would be fun if you wanted colors/patterns…i myself like white…wonder what the unbleached filters would look like

  6. Anonymous says:

    Unless it’s really delicate, I think you should be able to use canned air… but be vigilent vacuuming.


  7. Anonymous says:

    It was done on HGTV Room Crashers with Todd Davis. What a super-flammable idea.

  8. tsuhan says:

    nice light has been more lovely snowball light! this idea is pretty cool.

  9. Anonymous says:

    nice, for sure. but impossible to dust, for sure ;-)


  10. Petra says:

    Arent these muffin pan liners, not coffee filters???

  11. Snappy says:

    Simple and awesome. It’s simply awesome!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Epic! Hack of the year.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Lovely is right. Great execution and nice photo.
    Amy – Chicago, IL (USA)

  14. Nah, they’re coffee filters – I thought the same thing at first, but I think it’s just an optical illusion in the photo.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I have been planing to do similar hack with some origami flowers but i haven’t yet found the perfect (=simple enough) model. As soon as I saw this I knew this is just what I have actually been looking for. Thank You for sharing!

  16. Flora says:

    I show this idea in June 2011 on my blog and I found this idea on, which found this idea by Kara Paslay ( So maybe you “stole” your idea from one of this blogs? ;-) But, anyway, it’s a very simple and nice idea!

  17. I’ll have to buy white coffee filters again–we’ve been using unbleached ones, but beige snowflakes just don’t look right! This is beautiful!

  18. Oh nooooooo! I had a bunch of coffee filters that I kept saving to use for something and finally threw them out. LOL This would have been a great use for them!

  19. LOVE this! Had a bit of paint on my old paper lantern and put it away. Old coffee filters to the rescue! Thanks for sharing. :)

  20. Michelle says:

    This looks fantastic great job :)

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