DIY Black Lantern

I love lanterns.  I have been eyeing the lanterns in Pottery Barn for years and whenever I see one on sale it takes a long time to walk away.

Imagine my joy when I discovered a lantern at my local Michaels that was on clearance for 3.99 !!  80% off!!!  The only reason it hadn’t sold is because someone hot glued really ugly flowers on the top.  I grabbed it immediately and by the time I reached the registered all six of the flowers had been removed.


Brown Lantern that needs a makeover

It’s not ugly. I really debated about changing it. But I decided to do it anyways

I took all the glass out but the piece in the door wouldn’t budge. I taped it off with painters tape.

Use painters tape to protect what you don't want painted.

Now it is ready to go!

These first two photos were taken in the evening and with my phone.  Hence the horrible quality and poor lighting.

Black hammered Rust-oleum

I applied about 3 coats of the Black hammered Rust-oleum. You can find this at Wal-mart for a little over 5 dollars.

Lantern drying after a few coats of Rust-oleum

I love it so far! I was so glad I decided to paint it.

As it was drying I needed to clean all the glass pieces that I pulled out. They were held inside the lantern with small white adhesive strips and they were a pain to remove. I used adhesive remover to get rid of the remnants of the strips.
Adhesive Remover helps remove the sticky stuff

After everything was dry I used a clear sealant to make the glass pieces stay in place. Looking back, hot glue would of worked just as well.

Here is the final product!
Homemade Black Lantern

I love it!!

The entire thing cost me about 10 dollars! I think it really goes great with the fall decor that I have pulled out!

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  1. It’s lovely and looks brand new!

  2. I love black lanterns!! It looks so much better!

  3. What a cool lantern. My mom just redid some really old ones that turned out amazing!

    I’d love to have you share this over at my linky party Create and Share. It posts every Wednesday. We open the party Tuesday evening at 8 pm for those who like to link up early. Hope you stop by…

    Tara @Trendy Treehouse

  4. I love this idea! You are so creative! I’d love for you to link your project to Things I’ve Made Thursdays. I’m trying something new this week- We have two sections to the party- one for kids’ things and one for “Anything”!! I think this post would be an awesome addition to the “Anything Goes” party!

    Hope you’ll stop by on Thursday and link up!

  5. I love this! Amazing what a little pain can do. I need to keep my eyes open more at the clearance section of stores! Great job!!

  6. Love the transformation!!

  7. AWESOME! What a great find and it turned out beautiful!


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