Recycled Lanterns for Summer Nights

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

So many old things can be given new life as candle holders, especially as DIY tealight holders. Here are simple DIY instructions to make 3 different candle-holding lanterns out of upcycled materials.

SAFETY FIRST: Follow a few basic guidelines for making successful, safe DIY lanterns from upcycled materials. First, the materials you use must be fire-safe. Second, the lanterns also need to be constructed so that they are stable and sturdy, and do not turn over easily. Also be sure to set them down on something fire resistant, such as a metal base.

1. Recycled Tin Can Outdoor Lantern

Elin B./Flickr Creative Commons

These are so cute! Decorate an empty tin can with patterned paper and Mod Podge. You can also embellish a matchbox to go with your new lantern.

Antique Glass Jar Lantern

Duane @Cottage in the Oaks/

An antique jar makes a perfect, casual outdoor lantern. To prevent cracked glass, be sure to place your candle in a heat-resistant holder inside the jar and extinguish it when it starts to burn down low.

Upcycled Glass Chandelier

Valerie Scott/

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.


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+Inspiration: DIY upcycled candle holders

Chaya Kurtz writes for

Updated October 3, 2018.

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