I needed a good lantern for camping, so I deceided to make a 12 volt lantern that I run off of my 12 volt batteries. I used LED strip lighting for the illumination. I wrapped the the led strip around an empty toilet paper holder. I used glue to make sure that it stuck. I soldered red and black wires to to the positive and negative wires coming from the LED strip. on The other end I have connectors soldered on that i plug into my 12 volt battery.
Tools and Supplies:
battery 12 volts
lantern(made for oil, bought at walmart)
toilet paper roll
This was a fun little cheap project the lantern was about 6 bucks and i had the lighting around and the connectors so for it was cheap. I am thinking about putting battery pack in the base to make it more portable. I also will probably add a switch to it as well.