I found these outdoor oil lanterns at a yard sale several years ago. “They are replicas of lanterns used during the Civil War” – That is what I was told by the seller. I thought, hmm that’s cool. They also looked great and they were $3 each. Sold. Although, I never used them outdoors as lanterns. I did use them as decorative accents inside the house. Then I ended up storing (hoarding) them with my other home decor things for a few years after. Finally, I made over my son’s room and added an antique trunk as his side table. I brought the lanterns back out and thought they would be a nice addition to the “old world” look I wanted for the room.
My friend helped me with this project as he is knowledgeable in rewiring and electrical things. I am not.
I love love these lamp! They add so much character. They are now functional in the space that they’re in, instead of just being decorative. This is what started my obsession of wanting to turn everything into lighting fixtures. So…heads up, there will be more DIY lighting posts in the future. If you are up for a diy lighting project, I bet there are things that you already have in your home that you can turn into a lighting fixture. If you want more ideas on diy lighting, I will have more posts for you soon. Be sure to sign up to get posts emailed to you if you don’t want to miss any posts.