DIY: $5 Candle Lantern

I’m sure by now, you have seen those gorgeous candle lanterns in every home decor store. They’re quite the piece, but so expensive. For what? I’m not sure. I’ve always wanted to buy one and place it near my fireplace or hang it from the ceiling as an actual lantern, but never wanted to spend the money to buy one. So, I took to Pinterest and figured out how I could DIY one. This DIY only cost me $5, thanks to Dollar Tree. Honestly, it’s so easy to make this Candle Lantern that you’ll be so surprised and disgusted by how expensive they can be. Anyway, let’s jump into the DIY!

What You’ll Need: 

  • 4 Frames (any color, and size. I chose black and 5 X 7) EASIEST IF FRAMES HAVE THE PUSH DOWN STOPPERS INSTEAD OF THE SLIDE OVER ONES! SEE PICTURES BELOW FOR DETAILS.
  • Battery operated candle (you can use a real one, but to be safe I used a battery one).
  • Hot glue gun + glue sticks
  • Scissor or plyer
  • Black sharpie

What To Do:

  1. Open up the frames and remove the backing (save backing for later). Clean the glass and secure the push down stoppers to hold the glass in place.
  2. Take the hot glue gun and line the edge of one frame with glue. Take a second frame, and place on the glue. Hold for a few seconds until dry.
  3. Repeat step 2 for the other side.
  4. Line the top of both sides with glue and carefully place the last frame onto the glue. Gently hold until dry.
  5. Take one of the backings and measure to size of lantern (I needed one back plus an inch wide of another back, I hot glued them together).
  6. Using a black sharpie color in the holes where the frame leg stand was.
  7. Place your candle inside and give it life!

I am absolutely obsessed with how this DIY came out! Such a cheap and easy way to recreate a lovely home decor item! You can take two more frames and connect them to a point at the top for some extra flare as well! Next time you’re looking at these lanterns in the store remember this DIY and save some bucks! Thanks for reading!

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