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:
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.
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.
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!
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!
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,