(Closed) Candle Lanterns

posted 11 years ago in Money
Post # 3
30388 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If the glass is removeable, the lanterns are easy  to spray paint. If not, you can still cover the glass with frogtape , paint the metal, then remove the tape from the glass.

You will get a better paint job if you wash the lanterns first with detergent or TSP.

But, given that you are going for a rustic look, I wouldn’t worry too much about that.

If you want a used look, you can sand off the edges in a few spots after you paint, so they look worn.

You could even spray a first coat of rust colored paint, so that when you sand off the black you see rust on the edges.
Buy one and do a practice session.


Post # 6
176 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Oh! And Michaels has fairly cheap white candles already in the glass. I think I bought 12 for $7. 

Post # 9
30388 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Save on crafts have some sizes of white paper lanterns in stock.

Oriental trading also has some.

Asian Ideas has some , with the larger sizes being available again yesterday.

 They all should have more soon. It’s likely that summer wedding season has depleted their stock.

Post # 11
591 posts
Busy bee

The pictures of the lanterns you have above look black, which is exactly the same color IKEA’s Borrby comes in. I am using the Borrby lanterns for my wedding and the paint job on them don’t look worn/rustic/distressed. You can probably achieve a distressed look, which I assume you are looking for, with new paint. 

I found instructions online for furniture. It might work too for the lanterns. http://www.ehow.com/way_5138573_distressed-look-painting-technique.html

Also, here is a website for a fabric store that sells burlap: http://www.voguefabricsstore.com/store/search.php?mode=search&page=1

Lastly, I noticed that your wedding is not until October of next year. If you call the store now they can probably tell you when their new shipment will arrive.  Good luck!


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