Light Up the Night.

7 Materials
4 Hours

I love lanterns and deck lights, but the PRICE of some. I looked at several stores and online, but a single lantern can cost from $59 to over $100! String lights can be expensive too. So...I hit the thrift stores.
light up the night
This lantern cost $3.00. I filled it with a strand of Christmas lights.
light up the night
I found this one at a tag sale for $5.00. It was rusty so I sprayed it black.
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Here it is at night.
light up the night
I couldn't stand to paint this one. It came from a yard sale and I just love it.
light up the night
This is a punched tin lantern. I found it! It was rusty so I painted it.
light up the night
I hung the lanterns on the deck. My husband put up little cast iron hooks. I also love globe lights. I found a set on sale for half price and we strung them. Yes, they are asymmetrical on purpose.
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For even more warm glow we attached rope lights around the deck.
light up the night
For the path I did another knock-off of more expensive lights. I got glass globes from Lowes for $3.00 each and filled them with white strand lights. The whole area glows now and welcomes our guests. Big results for very few dollars. Can't wait to sit down!

Suggested materials:

  • Lanterns  (Local thrift stores.)
  • Globe lights  (Big lots store.)
  • Rope light  (Lowes)
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  • Jessie
    on Apr 10, 2018

    Beautiful !

  • John
    on Apr 13, 2018

    You painted it black, just like the Rolling Stones song!

    But seriously, I love lighting up my backyard too. We have a Greenhouse that allows IT light thru the windows, so last fall, I cleaned out all my solar lights and put them in the greenhouse for the winter. At Christmas, I lit the whole thing up. Then, after Christmas, bought new solar color changing lights for 75% off on clearance! ;)

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