If you are looking for a budget-friendly décor idea for spring (or anytime), here is a simple tutorial for a DIY Hurricane Lantern made with dollar store frames.
What You’ll Need to Make A Hurricane Lantern
- 4 Frames- From the dollar store, of course 🙂
- Hot Glue Gun (and hot glue 🙂 )
- Corner Braces (Optional)
- Spray Paint (Optional)- I used this one.
- Glass Jars in Various Sizes
- Artifical Eucalyptus Stems
How to Make A Hurricane Lantern With Dollar Store Frames
Start by removing the paper pictures and cardboard backing from each frame; and then secure the glass with the tabs.
Grab your hot glue gun, and run a strip of glue down the side of each frame.
Secure one frame to another as you go. In the end, you form a square. You need to work rather quickly as hot glue dries fast.
You can stop at this point and be done… 2 minute craft! Or you can continue on and add a little embellishment. I chose to spray paint 8 corner braces and add them to the corners of the lantern.
I adhered them with more hot glue, but there was a little issue. The corner braces kept falling off. See the frames I used had a little rut, so when I glued the corner brace on, the glue went into the rut and dried, and not enough glue was on the corner brace. To avoid this, add a glob of hot glue into the “rut” of the frame and let it dry. Then add another glob of hot glue onto the dried glob and secure the corner brace on. Allowing the first glob to dry in the rut means there will be enough glue to actually reach the corner brace… (Also, glob is a very technical crafting word 🙂 )
For a spring-y look, I added some glass jars I already had on hand (a spice jar, a Frappuccino bottle, and one other) and cut up some faux eucalyptus stems to put inside.
Depending on the season, you can certainly fill your hurricane lantern with other items, like pinecones for fall or pine stems for winter.
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