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Hanging Globe Lights

Inspired by Chinese paper lanterns, these solar-powered hanging globe lights make a world of difference in any outdoor setting.

Hanging Globe Lights

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Plastic gloves
  • Scissors


  • 12" solar lantern (#330117)
  • 10" solar lantern
  • Valspar spray paint Gold Abundance, Gloss (#282285)
  • Valspar spray paint Orange, Gloss (#282292)
  • Valspar spray paint Classic Red, Gloss (#282289)
  • 3" black/white letters (#61532)

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Step 1

Assemble the round lantern lights according to the manufacturer's instructions and set them aside.

Step 2

From the sheet of vinyl letters, cut simple leaf shapes with a pair of scissors. (Or draw leaf patterns onto the stickers first, if you prefer.) The large lanterns take 25-35 leaves each, and the small ones take about 20-30 leaves each.

Step 3

Peel the backing off one leaf sticker at a time, and randomly stick them onto the outside surfaces of the lanterns. Press each leaf into place by placing one hand inside lantern and one hand on top of the leaf. Apply leaf stickers until you achieve the look you want.

Step 4

Hang lanterns outdoors for painting (low branches of a tree work well). Prepare all three cans of spray paint by removing lids and shaking each for one minute.

Step 5

To spray-paint in a gradated pattern of yellow to orange to red, begin at the top by spraying yellow spray paint while spinning the lantern. Next, spray the orange through the middle area, then the red on the bottom third. Allow the colors to bleed one into the next. Spray each color until the desired opacity is achieved. Or apply spray paint in another pattern of your choice. Allow the paint to dry before you remove the stickers.