Light Up the Night.

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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.
Time: 4 HoursCost: $35Difficulty: Easy
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This lantern cost $3.00. I filled it with a strand of Christmas lights.
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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.
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I couldn't stand to paint this one. It came from a yard sale and I just love it.
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This is a punched tin lantern. I found it! It was rusty so I painted it.
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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.
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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 for this project:

  • Lanterns  (Local thrift stores.)
  • Globe lights  (Big lots store.)
  • Rope light  (Lowes)
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