One of the most versatile accents in my home right now are my lanterns. While they are a great way to add light to any situation, decorating with lanterns is also a fun way to add interesting and unique design elements to your space. Not only are they lovely with traditional candles, but they can also be filled with a variety of different elements. Not to mention they look lovely indoors and out. Today I am sharing some fun tips for decorating with lanterns.
- Pick a style to fit your home: There are so many different options for lanterns nowadays that you can virtually find the perfect lantern to fit your style. Lately I have been loving the rustic look and I am amazed by the variety available.
- Choose a candle: Once you’ve found the perfect style of lantern, its important to find the right size of pillar candle to fit inside. Be watchful of width as well, some lanterns have a preset candle size base inside the lantern so you’ll want to make sure and find a candle the fits both height and width. As you can see in this photo, I needed a slighter larger candle.
- Fill your lantern: Depending on the elements you are using in your lantern, you’ll want to first add in your candle then add fillers around the base. (Sometimes I have to fill my lantern by laying it down on its side with the open door facing up. I usually hold the candle in place and add in the surrounding fillers.
- Break the traditional look and add fun elements: Switch things up by adding a few fillers to your vases. Be creative and think outside the box with your fillers: I love to switch things up each season by adding fun holiday specific items to the lanterns. This week I shared how to put together this fun beachy lantern centerpiece on the Crafts Unleashed blog.
You can find these lanterns shown above here, here, and here.
Steele Honda says
I totally agree that lanterns should be in the same style as your house. I love the rustic style as well and I’d love to find some lanterns in this style for my villa in the countryside. Then my house will look just amazing!
Tammie Houston says
I am a lover of all things that look historic, and so I thought it would be an absolutely lovely idea to use candle lanterns in my home as additional lighting and decor. It was good that I read your article because I realized that there are so many lantern options and that it’s best to look for something that will fit the style of my home. Thanks for sharing the tips. I’ll be sure to remember your lantern choosing suggestions.
Skylar Williams says
I like your tip to fill the candle lantern with something other than a candle. I have been thinking of redecorating my living room and patio with some candle lanterns. I will make sure to mix it up every once in a while.
Ellie Davis says
I loved your recommendations about adding a filler to empty lanterns. My husband and I are in the process of remodeling our patio, and we are looking for advice to decorate it properly. I will let him know about your recommendations to choose the right kind of lanterns for our patio.