DIY Tree Branch Lantern

Looking for light on the darkest day of the year? As the darkest day of the year brings on a new season and new adaptations, the cold is a reminder of the need to build a new nest again and take a rest from the active life that all the other seasons bring about. I especially enjoy seeing expressive tree branches on there fullest display in the winter time, and I especially appreciate the winter time for allowing me productive indoor time for creative projects around the home, like this one here….

    Here’s what you will need:

  • 1 4x4 piece of wood
  • Paper Lantern lamp
  • Lightbulb
  • 4 foot Tree branch
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Zip-ties or thin rope

    Here’s what you can do:

  1. Go outside for a nice walk and collect 1 eye catching tree branch that is about 4 feet in height.
  2. If you have a paper-lantern (like the one in this photo) collect that and all of your other materials at this time…. 
  3. Once you have the tree branches and your materials, you will need to figure out where you want the tree branch lamp to go….
  4. Then, secure the 4x4 onto the wall where you want the lamp to go, and drill the screws into the 4x4 onto the wall…
  5. Next, once the wood is secured onto the wall, secure the treebranch where you want it to go on the wall, and screw the treebranch onto the 4x4….
  6. Take your paper lantern and wrap it around the tree branch, leaving the plug at the bottom and the lantern at the top….
  7. Zip-tie the lantern cable starting from the base of the branch all the way up to the top of the branch and secure the base of the paper lantern by a zip-tie on the top of one of the branches…..
  8. Add your light bulb and voila! You see the light on the darkest day of the year!  Happy Solstice everybody!  <3

Starting off with little things! This is a lamp we recieved as a Christmas gift a few years ago. The globe broke, we have some rowdy dogs. Everytime I go to the store I forget to pick up a globe, or I remember the globe but forget the size. I finally decided I need this to complete the bathroom, so this is what I did with it.

I had a spare lamp shade sitting around needing to be used for something. I tore all of the fabric and paper off of it, sanded the frame down, and spray painted it a beautiful canary yellow. I had some bright turquoise polka dot fabric in my fabric stash, and tore 1-2 inch strips. I tied them together to create a really long strip of fabric. I wove it in and out of the lamp shade frame and tied it off. This is the final look!