Post # 1
So, we’ve decided to go down the super awesome paper lantern route to help us decorate our plain white wedding reception tent! 🙂
The problem is, we’re not quite positive on how to actually light the buggers. We decided we want to go cordless and we’ve already looked at all the LED options out there and also at the globe light options. We have several choices and can’t decide …
1.) Buy battery-operated LEDs – which costs more but takes less time – with about 12 hours of lighting
2.) Buy the stuff to make Throwies – which costs less, but takes more time – with at least 12 hours of lighting
3.) Buy battery-operated (single) globe lights – which costs less than the (non-DIY) LEDs, and takes less time than making Throwies – with about 6 hours of lighting
Decisions, decisions …
Any help, suggestions, or advice would be great!
Thanks fellow Bees! 🙂
Post # 3
I just bought all the materials to make throwies and I’m super pumped about them. For all the materials to light 40 lanterns it was $46. I can recommend the ebay sites I ordered them from (which I found on another thread) if you’d like. I don’t think they’re going to be all that time consuming and the savings will be worth it!
Post # 4
@mu_t: Thanks for the input! I’ve done lots of research on Throwies and found eBay sellers that provide the stuff to create them for cheap as well. You’re right, the cost difference is pretty sweet. I’m just not too sure I want to add another DIY project to the list. That’s the only thing holding me back. Blah. We’re a month away and I work two full time jobs. Silly me, trying to plan a wedding! 😛 LOL
Post # 5
I have a question! Do you make the throwies right before you use them? Also, do you just toss them into the lantern or do you hang it in there. I was just going to buy the LED light that you can hang, I didn’t know there were other options!
Post # 6
@MissesAwesome: haha oh ya, you’re pretty close to your wedding so i don’t blame you. sometimes the convenience is worth the cost. my wedding isn’t until february so i am starting soon!
you can definitely make them ahead of time… there is a way to make an “on” switch… so you can make them and then before you hang them, pull the switch out and they’ll light. i haven’t figured out exactly how i’m going to work it out. i think i will use binder clips and hang them with fishing wire… haven’t figured out the details. if you search here on the bee or in google there’s lots of tutorials and different ways people have done it. (sorry to threadjack, OP!)
Post # 7
@CoronaSpeaks: You can definitely make them ahead of time! 🙂 Like the other Bee said, there is a way to make an on/off “switch” to control them.
Here’s some tips that I came across when researching the topic …
* search for “throwies” on this website (there’s quite a few brides doing this)
* Graffiti Research Labs invented the Throwie and you can see them “in action” on their site
* watch this video (http://www.hebeiltd.com.cn/?p=throwies) showing how to make Throwies at home
* search eBay for the items needed for Throwies (they should be super cheap if you buy in bulk)
* here’s (http://www.westfloridacomponents.com/LED-throwie-glowie-circuit-switch.html) how to make the on/of “switch”
Basically, there’s a bunch of info about these little guys, so spending some time sifting through all the websites about them is time well spent if you’re interested in doing them.
Hope this helps!