Creating a Beach Lantern from Secondhand Shutters

You know your DIY hobby has reached the next level when people’s idea of a great birthday present for you is a pile of junk treasure for your projects! That’s what happened to Joan at Scavenger Chic. Part of her birthday gift included an old pair of shutters, which she turned into an awesome beach lantern.


Joan separated the shutters from the frames (the shutters went into yet another project) and filled the holes in the wood. This project used up a lot of her scrap wood, along with several deck balusters from the hardware store. Joan painted the lamp’s interior while it was flat, then added a coat of dark wax. While assembling the lamp, Joan used scrap wood pieces and turn buttons to hold her glass panes in place. She used black chalk paint and a dark wax on the exterior, then added hardware. Joan jokes that she’s “just cleaning up the world one project at a time.” She forgot to mention that she’s making it a more beautiful place, too!

diy-lantern-from-shuttersCheck out more pictures, along with Joan’s complete instructions, at Scavenger Chic.

Outdoor Hurricane Candle Lantern

Diane from In My Own Style added some ambience lighting to her gorgeous outdoor oasis over the summer. I love Diane’s resourcefulness, and this project is no exception. Diane made a thrift store run to purchase some glass hurricanes and then gathered the rest of her supplies, including an old paint stick and tuna can, from around the house.


Diane attached the tuna can to the paint stick using a copper adapter to form the base for her candle lantern. A coat of oil rubbed bronze spray paint, and all Diane had to do was place her hurricane and candle into the tuna can!


Find the tutorial at In My Own Style.