I have the absolute cutest fairy light lantern to share with you all today. It’s a super easy 5 minute project and it makes a gorgeous lamp or night light!
Recently, I was looking through my stash for a small lamp for one of our bedrooms and couldn’t find anything that would work. But I did find quite a few candle lanterns I wasn’t using and the wheels in my head started turning.
A few years ago I came up with an idea to transform a simple candle lantern into a farmhouse style lamp and now it’s one of my favorite lamps in our home. (It was also featured this month in Country Sampler’s special Farmhouse Style edition!) This time I came up with a whole new idea for turning a lantern into a lamp using fairy lights and I love it just as much as the first one.
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Materials for DIY Fairy Light Lantern
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How to make a DIY Fairy Light Lantern
Seriously, this is so, so easy. You really need zero DIY skills and only about 5 minutes! There are however, a few quick things to consider when buying your fairy lights. (Sometimes they are also called wire lights or string lights. They are basically teeny tiny lights that are attached to a long thing wire. Not the kind you would put on a Christmas tree; literally these just look like a long piece of wire but they light up.)
You can buy fairy lights that are battery powered or that plug in. You can also buy fairy lights that come with a remote control. I chose a set that plugs in for my light because I plan to use these a lot and don’t want to be replacing batteries all the time. I do kind of wish I had gotten a set with a remote control though so I could turn my light on and off without having to unplug it. Also, you can buy fairy lights made with different colored wires. I chose copper wire for mine because I think copper is beautiful and looks less utilitarian than other wires. There are also different lengths available. I used a 40 ft long string of lights and I think it worked perfectly for my tall lantern.
As far as the lantern, you can use absolutely any lantern. I always find fantastic lanterns for a good price at HomeGoods, Marshalls, and At Home. I used a lantern that had an attached LED candle and it was super easy; I simply unscrewed the candle and removed it. This left a round hole in the bottom of my lantern that I threaded my lights through. Then I used a small piece of painter’s tape to secure the cord.
If your lantern doesn’t have an LED candle, simply look at the bottom to see if there is any small crack or hole you can use to thread the wire through. Some lanterns have a small space below the glass sides. If your lantern has no holes of any kind and is wooden, you can always use a drill to make a small hole in the bottom.
Then you simply thread your fairy lights through the hole into the lantern, letting them curl up as you go. This is definitely not a project that requires precision of any sort, but if your lights look bunchy and uneven, you can just reach in through the doors or top and adjust them.
Then plug in (or turn on your light) and you’re done!
One thing I really wasn’t sure about was how bright the light would end up being. I would say this is similar to a good nightlight. When it is on at night, you can see everything in the room dimly, but it is much dimmer than an actual lamp. It is nowhere near bright enough to read by, but it gives a beautiful soft glow.
This little lantern looks so beautiful and magical all lit up. But I also think that cloud of copper is pretty even without the lights turned on.
I am 95% sure I am going to be using this in our nursery, but it would also be beautiful left on in a hallway or bathroom at night or as a bit of ambiance on a mantel or table. Really anywhere – isn’t that why we all love these lanterns to begin with, because they look fabulous anywhere?