Light Up the Night: DIY Industrial Chic Garden Lanterns

Add some sparkle to your outdoor dining with these simple lanterns made with hardware store supplies.

Independence Day Lanterns

Independence Day Lanterns

Photo by: Image courtesy of Melissa Caughey

Image courtesy of Melissa Caughey

Red, white and blue lanterns take center stage in this table setting.

I love dining and entertaining into the evening hours. This year, I wanted to create garden lanterns that could decorate the table, provide ambient lighting, and be kid-friendly. On the last trip to the hardware store, I came up with this clever idea using ordinary items from the electrical and plumbing departments. You can choose to leave them plain or decorate them according to the season or holiday. You could also use your favorite vintage jars or old canning jars. 

Supplies:

  • Replacement outdoor lighting globes, also called "jelly jars"
  • Stainless steel clamps
  • Stainless steel strapping
  • Large metal cutters or wire clippers
  • Screwdriver
  • Ribbons
  • Scrapbook paper/vellum
  • Battery-operated tea-lights

Enjoy the gallery below, where I share step-by-step directions on how to create and embellish these lanterns.

Garden Lanterns How-To

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Make the Lanterns

Photo By: Image courtesy of Melissa Caughey

Gather Your Supplies

Cut the Handle

Attach the Handle

Pretty Alone

Dress Them Up

Make A Firework Bow

Paper Fun

Light Up the Night

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