Monday, December 10, 2012

How to Make a Lighted Lantern

Howdy guys!
Can you believe that Christmas is 2 weeks away?
I have been decorating and primping my house and
thought I would share with you
how to make one of my most pinned posts - a lighted lantern 
You can see my recent one here on my mantle
The supplies are pretty simple
A lantern (picked up at a garage sale for $1) 
and a lighting set (from Joann's for $2 while on sale)
 I start by removing the wick "threader" on the lamp
Mine just "popped" out
(I know I need a manicure BAD. Maybe Santa will read my post ; ) )
 Then, removing the felt bottom of the lamp you will find a bolt
which ya just unscrew
 Next, I popped the socket out of the base
You will need to remove the bottom of the socket
I gingerly used a steak knife 
 Note the sides of the piece you removed. You do NOT wanna break these
Also, you wanna note the cord. See how one side has numbers and the other doesn't?
You wanna make sure that when you put it all back together
it goes back EXACTLY like you started
Negative and positive thing, ya know : )
 Remove everything
I line everything up as I take it apart so it goes back correctly
 I then put the base under the round base that holds the glass globe
and run the cord through the opening
This is going to be in the globe
 Then I just reattach everything in the order that I removed it
 Re-screw the pieces together
This takes a little patience
 Now, the socket
Reattach the cord EXACTLY the way you took it off
I use a pair of needle nose pliers to push the cord back onto the "teeth" that hold it
 Attach the bottom 
Push it back into the base
SO cute, right?
 I really love it on our mantle this year
I think I'm gonna add some berries around it 
 There ya go, that's how the magic is created : )

Now I know you wanna see the full mantle right?
That will be next
: )

I'm partying at:


Okio B Designs said...

Such a smart idea! Thanks for sharing the DIY. And no, I refuse to believe Xmas is two weeks away. HA!


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

The sneak peek is fabulous. Great idea with the lantern. Hugs, marty

Kate said...

What an amazing DIY "D" but you always know how to rock the post. Hope that you are having an awesome holiday season my sweet friend. Hugs to you Kate

Holly Browning said...

That is a really great idea...Thank you. I have a couple of those lanterns.

Pendra said...

This is so cool...thanks for sharing!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Fantastic! You will be one of the features at Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House! Pop on in and grab a feature button. Hope to see your prettiness again today. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse