Outdoor Candle Lantern

Nat & Holly from My Sister’s Suitcase has joined the ranks as contributors here on IC.  I think you will love this crafty sister duo.  I am blown away by their first project.  An upcycled clearance trash can into an outdoor candle lantern?  BRILLIANT!  You can find these cheap trash cans everywhere.  Why not update your outdoor space with a mason jar candle lantern?

 

We are so excited to share our first tutorial with you all! I love finding things that are old, ugly, or really cheap and transforming them into something beautiful. I knew I could make something out of these ugly vinyl trash cans I found on clearance for $1…

 

{In case you were wondering, I got these on a final clearance sale at Home Depot — a set of 3 trash cans for $1. Yes, I’m kicking myself for only getting one set! I haven’t seen them there since, but I have seen something similar at the Dollar Store.} So, I snatched up these floral beauties and the first thing I did was rip off the ugly plastic that makes up the “walls” of the trash can. I saw the gorgeous shape of the frame and I was smitten! Along with a few mason jars I already had in my stash, I knew these would perfect for some DIY outdoor hanging lanterns.

 

Supplies:

  • 1 trash can {metal frame}
  • mason jar
  • 18 gauge wire
  • wire cutters
  • scissors
  • 1 1/4″ cup hook
  • small “s” hook
  • roman shade clip {that is the pear-shaped thing I used at the top of the lantern… just because it was already in my husband’s tool box!} You could use anything that opens & closes securely :)

 

1. Gather your supplies

2. Grab your ugly trash can and start cutting!

3. Peel the vinyl down from each side and cut away from the rim of the can.

4. Now you have your beautiful metal frame ready to go!

5.  Cut 2 pieces of wire, about 8″ longer than the width of the metal frame.

6. Wrap the end of the wire around one corner of the frame. This thickness of wire is sturdy, but still pretty easy to wrap by hand.

7. Cross over to the opposite corner and wrap it around both sides, then a few extra loops to secure.

8. Trim off any excess with your wire cutters.

 

9. Attach the second piece of wire in the same way, making an X in the middle of your frame.

10. This time, make a loop in the center of the wire before you attach and secure the corner.

11. When both sides are attached, pull the loop up and twist it in the center of the X. This becomes your lantern hanger at the top.

12. Now take your small “s” hook and wiggle it down into the base of the loop.

 

13. This “s” hook is where you will hang your mason jar.

14. I got lucky and had these really cool jars in my stash that already have a wire handle attached. (But, you could easily make something similar with a regular mason jar, wire, and pliers to bend and shape the handle.)

15. For the hanger at the top of the lantern, I used this pear-shaped thingy I found in my husband’s tool box! I found out it is used for securing roman shades, but any hook that closes would work fine.

16. My new outdoor lantern is ready to hang up! I screwed a cup hook into the ceiling of our front porch. It worked perfectly because there were already a few small screws in place, and I just replaced 2 of them with the hooks for my lanterns!

 

I added a small white candle in the bottom of my jars, and that’s it! Now I have two new beautiful lanterns for my updated front porch:

Here’s a close up…
Want to see what my porch looked like last week, and how it looks now?
At night, the new lanterns cast off a beautiful glow and really warm up our new sitting area!
We hope you enjoyed this simple “trash to treasure” idea! Here are some of our other favorite upcycle projects:
We’d love for you to check out some of our free printables, and DIY home decor projects too. Thanks for having us Beckie, we can’t wait to come back next month!

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  • Morena

    Super cute and easy to do!

  • http://number-2-pencil.com Melissa @ No 2 Pencil

    I love this!!! So awesome! Great idea ladies!

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  • http://www.mysisterssuitcase.blogspot.com Holly @ My Sister’s Suitcase

    Thanks again Beckie, we are honored to be a part of your contributer panel… what an awesome group of ladies! Hope you have a great weekend!

  • http://SewWoodsy.com katie

    I love this light fixture!!! So awesome!

  • frank

    wow this is a great idea, have you guys tired buying wires that are bendable? that way you can bed the lantern in any shape!

  • http://www.inside-outdesign.blogspot.com Brooke @ Inside-Out Design

    This is one of the best DIY light ideas I’ve ever seen! I love it!!!

  • http://craftsbyamanda.com Amanda

    I love this makeover, it’s so pretty!

  • http://www.thecandlewallsconces.com Candle Wall Sconces

    Very creative! This tutorial definitely inspires my creative mojo! Time for me to hunt down a $1 trash can and make my own candle lantern. Thank you for sharing!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Awesome, glad you like it!