Go to any home accessories store and you are likely to find glass lanterns – they are extremely popular right now for decorating. If you like them as much as I do, you probably have several sitting around your house holding, most likely, candles. But, there are so many other uses for lanterns, I thought I’d show you a few that I’ve incorporated in my home.
Try filling up your lantern with decorative balls. In this lantern, I’ve used some rustic wooden decorative balls and mixed them with some previously gold decorative balls that I painted pale blue (dip the decorative balls in a shallow container of paint to easily change their color).
Why not make a mini library out of your lantern? Stack up your favorite books, add a small figurine to the stack and leave them where the books can be seen and easily retrieved.
Faux birds’ eggs and nests inside a glass lantern bring in a little of the outdoors to your room. During Easter, a lantern filled with faux easter eggs would also be a festive touch for your room.
Flowers of course look wonderful indoors anytime, but showing them off in a lantern makes them even more special. Faux or real, either works inside of a lantern.
Greenery balls fill out a lantern nicely as well. There are so many different types of greenery balls to choose from that you can pick a few different styles and mix them. Home Goods (http://www.homegoods.com) and Ballard Designs (http://www.ballarddesigns.com) usually have a good selection of greenery balls.
Potted orchids, or other potted house plants, also look lovely in a glass lantern. If you use a live plant in your lantern, you have created a mini green house for your plant that it will likely enjoy. Keep an eye out for too much moisture, which can be detrimental for some plants’ leaves.
I happen to have a major crush on blue and white china right now, but any special piece of china, or unique accessory, would look extra special showcased inside of a glass lantern.
Who doesn’t love sea shells? Whether they are ones you have collected during your travels or ones you buy at the store, they look good in a glass lantern.
Why not use a lantern to display spare hand towels in your guest bath? A bigger lantern would work well to hold guest bath towels, a smaller one would look very cute holding wash clothes.
While we are on the bathroom theme, what about filling your lantern with toilet paper? This is a particularly useful way to display it at our house because our beloved pug, Henry, likes to eat toilet paper when given the chance.
As you know, I love blue and white china. What better thing to put in a lantern than blue and white china decorative balls?
And last, but not least, why not display sweet little china cupcake stands in a small lantern? They have become very popular lately and can be found in many different colors and styles. If cupcake stands aren’t your thing, try another piece of special china, maybe a tea pot or pitcher in a lantern.
Well there you have it – eleven different ways to use your glass lanterns. Have you used your lanterns in different ways? If so, I’d love to hear about it!