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.
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.
- Replacement outdoor lighting globes, also called "jelly jars"
- Stainless steel clamps
- Stainless steel strapping
- Large metal cutters or wire clippers
- 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.
Gather Your Supplies
To make the basic lanterns pick up the following at your local hardware store: replacement glass lamp covers (electrical aisle), stainless steel clamps to fit around your jar (plumbing aisle) and stainless steel strapping (plumbing aisle). You will also need a metal cutter or strong wire cutters.