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A wooden lantern gets transformed into an earthy eclectic lighting piece…
I’m all about using what I have on hand, so when inspiration stuck and I had a lantern that I wanted to put a light in – the rest just kind of fell together.
I have a stash of faux floral (some that was used for décor at my wedding) that was waiting to be used again, and the colors worked perfectly for my daughters room.
Using some embroidery thread and the faux flowers, I carefully cut them into sections and tied them onto the lantern in a similar pattern. Using the space at the base of the lantern, I was able to attach the flowers and easily wrap them onto it.
While I knew of a great option for a light cord from World Market (always a favorite store of mine), it was out of stock and for some reason, unable to ship. I found a great alternative option for less (less than $15) on Amazon here and it worked out perfectly!
With my husband’s help, I drilled a hole in the top of the lantern – very carefully – with a hole saw. Threading the light cord through the top, it rested just right, without any fasteners. I should mention, that I did this kind of backwards. Instead of making the hole in the top and then adding the flowers, here I was brushing the sawdust off of my finished piece. You see, when I first set out to make the lantern, I had plans of just letting it sit there and be pretty, but I also wanted to add an accessible light to the bedside for my daughter that her brother couldn’t knock over or flat-out destroy. From that point on, that’s what drove my design.
I installed a simple wall bracket (also an Amazon find) available here. The install was a cinch, and my daughter absolutely loves it. It was quite a bit of fun to make this functional piece for her that’s going to be in use for several years. I like to think that it will be one of the memorable things she remembers years from now and tells her children about.
So, what do you think? Tell me in the comments below. I’d love to hear your take on this quick little project!
See you soon for the One Room Challenge NEXT WEEK!!