8 In Summer

DIY Wooden Bead Candlelight Lantern

I’ve seen several of these gorgeous wooden bead lanterns and was close to buying one the other day. But with all the beads that I still have, I tried making my own DIY wooden bead candlelight lantern.

My friend Michelle from A Crafty Mix sent me a box full of beads last year, you might remember that. I have used them in several projects since, like this wall hanging and these hanging planters and still have so many! And these wooden beads are so pretty in their soft tone, perfect for a summer lantern!


DIY Wooden Bead Candlelight Lantern

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1.What you need:

wooden beads


wire cutter

glass vase (Dollar Store)


2. I used 14 wire strands, that I cut a little bit longer than the height of the dollar store vase I decided to use as my candlelight.

3. For the bottom and top part I cut 2 strands of wire bigger than the glass, as you can see on photo 3. You want to start big, as you can always go small and adjust.

4. Arrange your wire strands in front of you.

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5. I started adding beads to the bottom part.

6. Then to each of the 14 strands that will go vertically around the glass light.

7. I prepared my top part of the light, adding beads and then hooking up the ends to make a circle.

8. Then you need to attach the vertical strands to each bottom and top by simply making a loop.


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Repeat for all 14 strands of wire. This is a little bit tricky and I used my wire cutter to fiddle the ends of the wire into the beads so they wouldn’t show and stay put.

At last, put your bead wire framework around your glass vase by simply pushing it over the glass. This is why you need to leave enough space and not adjust your wires too tight before you get started. You can now adjust the wire ends on the bottom and top if needed.

Place a candle in your glass and you’re all done with your DIY wooden bead candlelight lantern!


DIY wooden bead candlelight lantern kreativk.net


It looks great on my coffee table, but also outside on my patio table. I think I might make a second one to have one on each table!


DIY wooden bead candlelight lantern kreativk.net


DIY wooden bead candlelight lantern kreativk.net


DIY wooden bead candlelight lantern kreativk.net


DIY wooden bead candlelight lantern kreativk.net


DIY wooden bead candlelight lantern // kreativk.net


So, are you going to try to make your own patio lantern this summer?? It might look more complicated than it actually is. Once you get the hang of looping your wire into place, you’ll have this cute lantern ready in no time!

Let me know how it goes, Thank you so much for stopping by today,




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  • Joanna @DIY Project
    05/07/2018 at 06:27

    So pretty Katrin!! I want to try this! I love trying this. Awesome

    • Katrin
      06/07/2018 at 10:43

      Awesome, Thank you so much Joanna!

  • Mary
    13/06/2018 at 17:22

    Oh my this is such a pretty idea. It brings in so much depth to the lantern with the light hitting the beads.

    • Katrin
      17/06/2018 at 08:09

      Thank you Mary, there are so many beads, haha!

  • Julie Briones
    12/06/2018 at 18:32

    This is just perfect! I’m making one of these!

    • Katrin
      17/06/2018 at 08:05

      I’m so happy Julie, Thank you!!

  • Michelle Leslie
    12/06/2018 at 17:41

    Oh my Katrin, that looks so lovely. Just the right touch of classic elegance with a hint of beachy sunshine and I’m so happy that all the beads have found a creative, beautiful home to adorn. You’ve made so many lovely things with them my friend

    • Katrin
      17/06/2018 at 08:03

      Thanks friend, those beads are so gorgeous!!