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Make Hanging Glass Lanterns

Keep your patio party going after dark by hanging these glass lanterns. They add color to an outdoor living area by day and give a friendly glow at night.

Three hanging globe lanterns

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

Few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Foam paintbrush


  • 190' heavy-duty jute twine, #349245
  • 3 - 3 ¼" clear prismatic globes, #220210, model 137C
  • Valspar Paint: Light Rail (#ar1805), Day at the Jewelers (#ar2004), Swizzle Stick (#ar2006)
  • (Optional) 1-1/2" LED electric candles, 6 pack, #60191

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Step 1

Remove stickers or dirt from the lighting globes.

Step 2

Pour paint into the glass globe and swirl around until most of the inside of the globe is covered. Use a brush to paint any uncovered areas. Pour excess paint back into the can. Let the globes dry with the opening facing up.

Step 3

Determine how low you want your lantern to hang, and cut twine to the desired length. Wrap twine twice around the top of globe, hot gluing as you go, for a secure hold. Hang globe.

Step 4

Optional: Add an LED electric votive candle to each glass globe for a nighttime glow.

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