Monday, May 23, 2011

From Flowers to Candlelight: DIY Candle Lanterns

Anyone have any of these collecting dust and taking up space at your house?
Of course yours are much cleaner and don't have water spots on them.  (note to self: buy more rinse aid)  Moving along...I have a handful of these that I couldn't throw away because I have a touch of "the hording" wanted to put to good use.  The weather here in Texas has been decent in the evenings - just plain sweaty during the day - and I have wanted some lighting to create a touch of ambiance for the back deck. Anyhoo - I took a few basic supplies that I had on hand and created a couple versions of a candle lantern.  The original idea was to work burlap (one of my fave materials) into the project.  Here's what I started with..
After I'd made the first, I decided to switch it up and try another with twine.  I'll show you both and see what you think about them.  The wire handles were made the same way for both.  I almost had to name this post "Crafting With Carlos" because I realized that as I was taking pics, I was including our turtle, Carlos into the shots.  He's a happy crafter, so let's just go with it, yes?
Cut yourself two pieces of wire about 15" or 16" - enough to wrap around the neck of the vase and twist together and meet at the top to form a handle.  I held a piece of wire on (in the pic above) "top" and "bottom" side of the neck and then connected them with a twist at the "left" and "right" side of the neck.
I continued to twist each side until the met at the top and wrapped the two sections of wire together to form a handle.
Cut a piece of burlap to a length that will wrap around the neck of the vase 1 1/2 times.  Find the middle thread in the piece and pull to scrunch and ruffle the fabric.  Secure around the neck of the vase with a couple stiches or hotglue or the less tasteful way, which was my way, with a stapler.  (I know, I'm a classy crafter).
After seeing this one, I decided I liked the clean, clear glass combined with the rough texture of the burlap, but wasn't sold on the ruffle, so I tried a simpler version with twine.  I just wrapped twine around the length of the neck of the vase covering the wire.
and because it's bad luck to leave a candle wick unlit...
Here she is in action...

So whatcha think?  Burlap?
 
or Twine?



I ran out of wire and we're on a spending freeze for a few days, so I'll have to finish my other lanterns up later.  I can't wait to see what they all look like together, lit in the evening.

What have yall been making?
Oh, and I hope to be doing a little partying with these folks this week!  Come join the fun!





34 comments:

Gale said...

I love the lantern idea! I have about 20 of those darn vases...they have a purpose!

Green Willow Pond said...

That's a great idea! My favorite is the one with the twine. I might have to make me one or five of those!

Elizabeth said...

So fun! Thanks for linking up to Made With Love! I'm featuring this on my Facebook page today! http://www.facebook.com/SewChatty

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Love this idea!! :)

emily @ the happy home said...

coming over from somewhat simple...this is such a great idea! i think i'm having a backyard wedding, so this is perfect decor!

Alisha @ Crafty Brooklyn Army Wife said...

Stopping by from The Shabby Chic and your newest follower.

I absolutely love these!!! TFS!!

This is what I shared this week:
http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.com/2011/05/red-simplicity-cynthia-rowley-dress.html

Nancy said...

What a clever and darling idea...going to bookmark this for sure! Thanks for sharing!

Nancy

Katie Newcomb said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE! These lanterns looks so good! Thank you for sharing!

JaY said...

The burlap one is extremely cute, but I absolutely Love the twine one! Great idea!!

Olga said...

Great idea! Love the twine. I'll have to give the idea shot. thanks for sharing. Visiting from Remodelaholic.

Krista @ While He Was Napping said...

Very cute! I like them both, but would probably stick with the twine for mine. They look a little easier and nap time only lasts so long... I could probably get more done with the twine. Thanks so much for the idea. Visiting from Remodelaholic.

Meredith said...

Great idea! I have only a million of these vases to do this with. And I love the twine the best!

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Kristina said...

Twine! So simple, and so beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Ann said...

LOVE it!!!!!

Sue@creativetryals.blogspot.com said...

I like the twine! Wish I had some dust collectors.
Visiting you from TT&J.

Christine said...

This is really a great idea! I have a pantry full of these vases...so glad I held on to them, as I almost threw them away at one point! Thank you for sharing...happy week end wishes to you.

eleven-o-one creations said...

Definitely Twine. Great idea.

Terry said...

I really like the simplicity of the twine. This is gorgeous and who would have guessed how frugal. I am definitely borrowing this idea. :)

Jaclyn said...

Those are very pretty! I like the twine one best! I think Im going to put some of these together for my wedding! =) thanks for the Idea!!

Adam Thomas said...

Nice blog...Flowers

Janet said...

Ok, LOVE the twine lantern...I think I'm gonna have to borrow it, because I see these vases EVERYWHERE for next to nothing! :)

Great job!


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Bella@Bellabeforeandafter.blogspot.com said...

Very cute idea girl. I love that these can have life beyond living under the sink now, lol.

Saw you on HOH,,, YAYYYY.

Come stop by anytime to say hello, I'd love to see ya, and if you get a chance to link up to my parties, I'd be SUPER DUPER happy, he he.

Hugs, Bella :)
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lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

love this! would love to feature you on a revival monday if this would be ok with you please let me know.
lauren

Charlene Fountain said...

Do the vase take the heat from the lit candle without breaking??? Anybody tried them being lit for an evening?

allison @ itstoilegood.blogspot.com said...

Charlene - great question! I have lit them many nights. I used tea lights, so they didn't produce much heat. A larger pillar candle might produce too much heat too close to the glass and cause breakage. My biggest challenge has been to remember to bring them under cover when it rains. All the best! :)

Vickieg said...

Love the twine one. Does the vase hold up to the heat of the candle? Also, if you don't have any vases around, you can pick them up in the dollar store.

Unknown said...

I love this idea! How did you secure the twine so neat? Did you glue it, if so with what?

Unknown said...

I love this idea! How did you secure the twine so neat? Did you glue it, if so with what?

Shelly Slader said...

These are so cute! I have been looking for hanging candle lanterns but now I can just make some of my own since I have a ton of these scattered throughout the house! Thanks so much!

Avery Schlacter said...

Thanks for this I've been looking for ways to start hanging candle lanterns and I loved this idea.

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A Time to Create! said...

Great idea! I have so many vases ( collected for making glass totems). I just tore down an ugly lattice area but left the 3 posts with finals on top. I thought I would put lantern hooks. Now I can use your idea for some cool lanterns! I have a lot of small chain left from a wedding. Might try that instead of wire. Thanks for the idea!
Melinda

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