Garden lanterns on the cheap: DIY project


DIY Garden Lights (On the Cheap)

Another one of my Pinterest projects. This post has been pending a while, I built these last winter (2013) for a garden party. I ended up liking them so much, I added four more to form a nice little border to the bar in my garden.

I cannot take credit for the idea, I got it from a post on In My Own Style, and I loved the idea as soon as I saw it. It seemed simple enough, and while such things usually turn out to be way more complicated than they seem, happily, this was as simple and quick. Not for me the long, drawn out projects that take three months to complete. Instant gratification for the win!

So how exactly do you DIY this?

Simple. Only 8 steps. And trust me, if I can do it, anyone can.


  1. Find a nice garden to install your lanterns. Perferably one you own.
  2. Choose the spot where you want each of your lanterns to rest. I chose to put mine up on either side of the entrance, to greet my guests as they enter, as it were.
  3. Procure two sturdy sticks of the correct height. I didn’t worry about sanding them down to a level surface, because I stuck the uneven ends into the ground.
  4. Buy two hurricane lantern glasses. I found the ones I’m using at a local kirana store (grocer’s) for ₹ 10 each. I bought six of them, because they’re so fine that they break easily.
  5. You will also need two steel tins to affix to the stick. They should be able to easily hold a candle, as well as the lantern glass over it. I spray painted my cans silver, because I didn’t want the whole world to know that I use Ajanta cream in my desserts,  curries, and DIY projects, as  well. I nailed the painted tins to the sticks.
  6. Plant each stick into the ground so that both tins come to the same height. Make sure they’re level, or your hurricane lanterns will list to one side.
  7. Place the candles in the tins. Light the candles, and place the lantern glasses over each of them.
  8. Bask in the compliments you receive.


Garden-lantern1A better view, with the full benefit of the flash on my camera.
Seriously, though. These lanterns look beautiful when lit, much more impressive than the sum of their parts. I may try smaller candles next time, or perhaps citronella candles – they’ll smell great, and keep the mosquitos away at the same time. Win-win!

It only took me an afternoon to get them done – I built them the day of my garden party, in fact, and they were ready by the time the guests walked in. I liked these lanterns enough to build four more, and they look lovely when I have a bonfire going.

[mood| busy working]
[music| The One That Got Away: The Civil Wars]


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