Three Easy Variations on the Outdoor Lantern

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Put that pretty fabric to good use with these gypsy lanterns.
Paper lanterns: not just to hang anymore!
Put that pretty fabric to good use with these gypsy lanterns.

Put that pretty fabric to good use with these gypsy lanterns.


If you’re looking to take in the outdoors, take a look at these decorative lantern ideas to add a little pizzazz to your evening.

1. Soda-Can Lantern
This quick tutorial from has great photos to go along with every step and some neat ideas for variations on the standard can lantern design. To make the can easier to cut, it is also a good idea to fill an empty can with water and freeze it ahead of time to weaken the metal.

2. Gypsy Lanterns
For all of you fabric-gurus, this easy design from blogger One Hour Craft shows you how to use simple stitches and pretty fabric to create a bohemian lantern design.

3. Paper Table Lantern
A variation on the hanging Chinese lantern, Design Sponge offers this great how-to for making paper table lanterns with around-the-house supplies. These are so stylish and would look great with patterned paper or bright colors.

Hope the inspiration helps, now go enjoy a well-lit night!

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Comments (3)

sarahsmith82110 writes: I've done something like this before with plastic bottles. It was really nice. I might try this idea with soda can. Thanks!
Posted: 4:30 am on August 19th
Stile writes: I really like the gypsy fabric lanterns,and while I have not gotten around to making them yet, it's on my favs list as a 'to do' project. Thanks for sharing.
Posted: 2:40 pm on January 17th
sigridsoto writes: I vend at farmers markets in LA California and in the winter i put up lanterns all handmade by me and you gave me inspiration to try your pretty ones thank you for sharing
Posted: 5:10 am on October 12th
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