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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Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener3 years ago


Karen G3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W3 years ago

beautiful and creative :-)

Robert O.
Robert O3 years ago


Danuta Watola
Danuta W3 years ago

Thanks for posting

Vita Pagh
Vita P3 years ago

Thank you for tips.

Samantha Richardson

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

Dale O.

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

GGma Sheila D.
GGmaSheila D3 years ago

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