I had sent my friend a 2d CAD file of the rotating lantern and he had it laser cut out of clear PET. The wood is from a scrap bin near my work, it had very nice finished wood inside so I didn't have to sand or stain the box in the end. I took plastic hanging folder dividers and cut squares out of them to make the walls of the lantern. I then glued white gift wrapping tissue to the plastic using spray adhesive to give the lantern a frosted look so the light can be projected onto it. The lantern pivots on a clothes hanger stand with a ball point pen on top. The light bulb and socket itself was taken out of an old microwave.
The images of the lantern were cut out of wrapping paper and taped to the rotating cylinder so the cutouts would be projected. I used the colored plastic from the hanging dividers to give color to the images.