I like to make my backyard inviting since my family tries to spend as much time as possible outdoors in the spring before the weather gets too hot.  When I saw these adorable battery operated lanterns at Dollar Tree, I knew I wanted them to add some fun decor (and light) to a trail in my garden.  Here’s how I made hanging outdoor lanterns for cheap!

This post first appeared at Dollar Store Crafts, where you can find me every Tuesday!



  • Plant hangers
  • Lanterns
  • Sharpie
Step one:  Use a ruler to mark 1 cm intervals on the top of the lantern.  Draw lines to make the grid.
Step two:  Use the silver metallic Sharpie to color in every other square.  This will give the lantern a hip, checkerboard pattern.
Step four:  Place the plant hangers in a row and hang the lanterns on them.

These lanterns would be a great way to light the sidewalk to your door, or to provide a little light in your landscaping.  You could even attach the plant hangers to a tree or to your fence for lighting.  Have fun crafting and decorating outdoors!


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