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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.

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