Lantern From Repurposed Parts

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1 Hour

This was a quick and easy project from parts I found in my basement. Every once in a while I get the urge to just dig through my box of junk pieces and see what I can make. Sometimes I even surprise myself and am thrilled with the results!

This project is one that I liked so much when it was finished that I used it right away.

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First I attached a few pieces that I thought would make a good base, not sure where I was going with this until I found the olive bucket looking piece.

In case you don't recognize the pieces, this is an old spool, a mason jar lid, and a small vintage pie tin.

All these pieces came from the thrift store at one time or another.

And I made the top with a small olive bucket looking piece, a vintage measuring cup, and a wooden knob.

And the fact that all these pieces fit together so perfectly was a bonus!

I glued my pieces together with E6000 and hot glue.

One of the glues is good for instant stick and the other is the perfect long term solution.

E6000 sticks like forever!

When I was happy with my creation I painted the whole thing white.

I love that chalky paints stick to metal, it makes just about anything look like a cohesive piece once it's painted.

I gave my lantern 2 coats and then distressed some of the edges with fine sandpaper.

Finally I tied a jute rope around the top of the lantern and dropped in a candle.

I wasn't thrilled with the tiny tea light candle so I bought new little votives that are battery powered and they have a beautiful bright light that flickers.

This was a fun project and I'm very happy with the pretty lantern I made from old pieces from the basement.

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