Lantern Makeover! Take Boring Lanterns and Make Them Beautiful

We found simple steel lanterns at a discount retailer for about $10 each. Not bad! But they were too Plain Jane—and why be plain when you can be fabulous?! We jazzed them up with a fresh coat of paint and bright design—using paint markers for precision—to give them my must-have style elements, color and pattern. Throw in a few battery-operated candles for your next outdoor party!

DIY Trellis Lanterns

Colorful Trellis Lanterns

You will need

  • store-bought lanterns
  • spray paint & spray primer (optional)
  • opaque paint markers
  • candles


  • Carefully remove glass panels from lanterns.
  • Spray paint lanterns with several coat of spray paint making sure to cover inside as well as outside. Let dry. (If your lanterns have a smooth or porous finish, you may want to coat them with spray primer first.)
  • Search online for simple Moroccan patterns or any other desired pattern and print out.
  • Place glass panels on pattern printout and trace pattern using paint markers. Let dry.
  • Carefully replace glass panels into lantern.
DIY Trellis Lanterns

This will always be my favorite picture of my mom, because it displays the sheer joy in her face as she reaches for her favorite present-- a roll of twenties. Happy Mother's Day, Terri. You really are the best! ❤️❤️❤️ (And Happy Mother's Day to anyone else reading this, if it applies. And if it doesn't, have a fabulous Sunday!)

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