You Won’t Believe How This Latilla Lantern Lights Up Outdoor Dining!

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1 Hour

Coyote Fences are Made from Latillas = Tree Branches randomly wired together to create an outdoor enclosure. Coyote fences are simple to build, stand strong, and are great for protecting animals from, well, Coyotes.

The look of Coyote Fences is classic Santa Fe. Rustic and simple with artsy-elegance.

All Made with Latillas.

How About a Lantern Version of the Iconic Coyote Fence?

A Latilla Lantern!

First, take a Walk through the Yard and Gather Sticks (“latillas”) – about 12 – 18 inches is good.

Begin with good pile of Sticks for the lantern. Straight, Bent, Tall, Short, Forked.

All Will Work Together.

Next, find a Base for the Lantern. A plastic bowl (minus the lid) is perfect.

About 8″ in diameter and 3″ high.

Now the fun part. Start building the “fence”.

Hot Glue binds the sticks together and Attaches the Sticks to the Base.

Slow and steady wins. And listen carefully…the Sticks will tell you where they need to go. 🙂

Keep building around the bowl. The hot glue can be cleaned up once all the sticks are firmly in place.

Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks. Amazon LINK.

Add some short sticks for support braces on the structure as you move along.

A Lantern is beginning to Appear!

The Top of the Lantern is left Open to the Sky.

The Sticks Touch each other Creating Tons of Movement and Sculptural Design.

Done! Let the Piece Rest and Give the Glue Time to Harden to Create a Stable Lantern.

A Candle will always Give off a Powerful Light in the Darkness.

Yankee Candle. So many beautiful Colors and Fragrances – Pick Your Favorite!

I Love Bahama Breeze. Amazon LINK.

Carefully lower the Candle into the Base from the Top of the Lantern.

The Lantern is Pretty Indoors. But Let’s Enjoy the Light Outdoors on a Serene Summer Night.

Magic Appears in the Candle Glow.

The Latilla Lantern is Fast and Easy to Build.

With Stunning Santa Fe Elegance All Summer Long.

Love the Magic!

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  • Beckie Beckie on May 07, 2022

    I love this project but have a very inquisitive cat. I think I will try it and put in a battery operated flickering candle in it. Should keep the cat from roasting himself!!

  • Doodle T and Me! Doodle T and Me! on May 07, 2022

    Hi Beckie - I agree with you about the cat and candle flames...battery candles are definitely the way to go. Enjoy! Jeanne of Doodle T and Me!