Hey girl, hey! I’m making a Christmas lantern mostly all from Dollar Tree supplies! Mine is inspired by a similar one Lizzy made with Dollar Tree garden fencing a while back. You can check out the video here and also here for Part 2 (because of some technical difficulties!) and make one with me, or because of those tech issues, just follow along here on the blog!
Here’s my supply list and some images of the Dollar Tree finds:
Dollar Tree: Four cathedral window picture frames, “Autumn blessings” sign, jar, string of fairy lights, black chalkboard paint, Christmas floral picks and Tumbling Tower Game blocks (like little Jenga blocks)
Debi’s Design Diary White Swan
Let’s make this!
The “kickstand” and clips were easy to remove from the photo frames. Most pulled right off, but one or two needed some help with my pliers.
You can see in the bottom right image that there is a side with most of the holes left. These will be turned toward the inside of our lantern.
The frames were already black, but only on one side. I painted them inside all the little openings and on the back with chalkboard paint.
In the middle picture, you’ll see where the clip was. I just sanded it down a bit and painted over it.
After painting all four frames, I painted the inside and sides of the “Autumn” sign.
I used Debi’s Design Diary White Swan to dry brush some white over the black to give it more of a farmhouse look.
After whitewashing, I just sanded the outsides a bit.
I first tried to glue the frames to the top edge of the square sign, but placing them along the four sides fit a lot better. I used the little blocks to add some security where the frames connect. On the left, you can see the placement of the frames on the square and on the right, the blocks hot glued where the frames meet.
What to do when you don’t have the perfect size wreath to go inside? Make one! I just made a square from the blocks, hot glued them together and added my greenery.
We have a wreath, y’all!
With the lantern and wreath finished, I decided to paint the top of my jar black. You can set it aside to dry, or use a heat tool.
The fairy lights inside the jar are so pretty, y’all!
TIP: Don’t glue the wreath or jar down so you can change it all out for different seasons!
They shine even better with the lights out!
TIP: Style your lantern with a stack of books, stand it on a short candlestick or place some Christmas decor around it, the sky’s the limit!
I really enjoyed making this lantern, especially since it can be changed for various seasons. Comment below and let me know how you might style yours! I read every comment!
Thanks so much for stopping by!