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InCrafts, DIY

Decor Do Over: Lantern Display

Recently, I was roaming around New York City and I happened to find myself in Restoration Hardware an awesome decor store. I like store because they have unique yet rustic items like chemistry cloches as statement pieces.

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As I am browsing  I see a simple yet beautiful display of candles and ornaments, now what wasn’t simple was the price.  To purchase this exact display would cost me over $200 not including the tray. I don’t have that kind of money…yet. I put my own spin on it with this ”Decor Do Over” and it costs less than $25! 

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Is it worth the price?

What you need
Burnt out pillar candles (I forgive you for not originally buying candles from here to begin with but I hope you learned your lesson.)

Tea light candles to illuminate your lanterns.

Carving tools (feel free to try and use a knife and spoon if you are feeling caveman-ish)

Mason Jar Lantern (optional)

Pine Cones

Spray Paint (any color of your choice)

Glitter (any color of your choice)

Scissors

Decorative Platter/Tray/Plate

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Hallow your candle the closer you get to the edge the more light will shine through be mindful not to break the candle. 

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Trim the wick as you get lower scrape until you get about an 1/2” away from the bottom and 1/4” from the sides.  

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Place a lighted tea light candle inside each “wax lantern” to test the opacity.

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So pretty but we aren’t done yet!

Go to the park or local craft store to get pine cones.

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Adding on to a stranger’s snowman is completely optional.

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Try to get as many different shapes and textures as you can it will make it interesting!

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Use rubbing alcohol or a quick spray of Lysol spray to clean your cones once it dries prime them with white spray paint.

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Paint with any color of your choice and dust them with glitter for a little extra bling. After you are done place them on a platter and voila! You have completed your first Decor Do Over! 

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I decided to use cones instead of ornaments because it will extend the life display beyond the holiday season.  What do you have some ideas that seem “out of budget?” Share!

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