I have had this garden lantern hanging around for years. I had a candle in it but never burned it. I tried a small plant it but never liked it. I always wished it was a real light that I could use to light up either the deck or some other area in my yard.
So after completing the antique outdoor light project, I had leftover extension cord, sockets from the new flood light (we used the motion sensor only), and an idea.
I would make this a light for my deck or my potting area. Actually I am leaning toward my potting area because I like to work out there at night. It gives me a calm when I work with my plants. I think many of you out there may know what I am talking about- doing something you love calms the soul and rejuvenates the mind. Oops I am wandering again…
The lantern had holes around the top and so I lucked out with the extension cord fitting through. I was so happy. I also was able to hide the socket from the flood light up in the dome of the lantern. This project was coming together so easy.
Sure I could have spray painted it but I like the metal look and since it is eventually going out to my potting area, I do want it to blend in with the décor and not stand out. Metal is rustic and so is my potting bench. A match made in the garden.
I have used extension cords to make light fixtures and even other cool objects into light over the years. It is fun thinking outside of the box when it comes to garden whimsy and home décor.
If you have a lantern or cool bucket or object to turn into a light, the steps I took to turn this lantern into a light can work for your project. Have fun, be creative, and love what you do.
Creating. Inspiring. Gardening without the rules!
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