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Recycled Lanterns for Summer Nights

Recycled Lanterns for Summer Nights

It’s summertime! We’re talking mid-summer! The nights are short, but they’re hot. It’s the perfect time to light up a casual gathering with DIY recycled lanterns.

There are a few guidelines for making successful DIY lanterns from upcycled materials. First, the materials need to be fire-safe. They also need to be stable, so that the lanterns do not turn over easily.

So many old things can be given new life as candle holders, especially as DIY tealight holders. Just make them sturdy for the outdoors, and set them down on something fire resistant.

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These are so cute! Decorate an empty can with patterned paper and Mod Podge.

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An antique jar makes a perfect, casual outdoor candle holder.

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An intrepid crafter and blogger created this upcycled candle chandelier. Let me be honest: It’s a really cute idea, but I’d definitely use flameless candles in something that hangs so close to foliage.

By Chaya Kurtz, Networx

Main image credit: maureen lunn via Flickr


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5:05AM PDT on Aug 12, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

6:09PM PDT on Aug 4, 2013


10:03AM PDT on Aug 2, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

2:33AM PDT on Aug 2, 2013

beautiful and creative :-)

6:34PM PDT on Aug 1, 2013


12:59AM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

Thanks for posting

11:03AM PDT on Jul 28, 2013

Thank you for tips.

11:32AM PDT on Jul 27, 2013

These are really neat. There is a place near to me that sells things like this for those not inclined to make their own :P

8:55PM PDT on Jul 26, 2013

Interesting. If the power goes out, one can always bring some individual ones inside to spread the light.

8:32PM PDT on Jul 26, 2013

Like the Xmas light idea, soft lighting, little cost, no flames.

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