Funky Boat Lantern Lamp

I have this really cute boat lantern tea light holder.  When I was looking at it today (because it is right in my line of site in the living room), I decided to use a different approach to lighting it up.

I have one string of battery-powered LED lights kicking around in a drawer in my kitchen.  I decided to use it with the boat lantern, but it's just one tiny string of lights and the boat lantern is quite large in comparison.

Cute huh?

The idea of cramming grapevine balls came to mind, so I got out a few but the opening of the boat lantern was so tight that I knew I would never get those balls back out again.   Enter the simple 1 cup mason jar.

Here are my tools:




I wound the light string around my hand to distribute the lights evenly and pushed it into the mason jar.  I had to use the lid to cover the tea light holder in the bottom because the jar kept slipping off it.

Make sure the battery pack is at the top & the switch is facing you!!

Hmm, this seems to be working out!


Cute!  Crooked, but cute!

Cute, funky boat lantern lamp.

Cheers!!


53 comments:

Mel said...

That is really cute. Great idea to add the lights

Anne said...

What a great find!I love the idea to use the mason jar with lights too.Looks great!

Carol said...

Very cute!!! Who wouldn;t love to have one of those!!

Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage said...

Mason jar to the rescue once again - love this! It reminds me of lightening bugs in a jar!
Kelly

Betsy said...

Cute, cute, cute! Fabulous idea and the perfect holder for the lights.

Meg said...

You are so clever girl! Love the boat light!

XO

*jean* said...

super cute idea! would be great outside too!!

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

Wonderful idea! I Love it!

Bliss said...

Great idea. You could even use electric ones if you had to - depending on where you needed to put it - and disguise the spot where the cord comes out.

~Bliss~

Heidi Lisa said...

light strings are so under estimated...

Andrea said...

CUTE!!! I LOVE old, or old looking lights!
I am coming over to say THANKS for the sweet comment you left on my blog about my house numbers, how sweet you are! OH and I am in LOVE with that blue too!~
Come back again soon!
XOXO
Andrea

Cindy said...

What a great idea, Anne. I love it!!! You are truly brilliant, girl. And I also love the beautiful clock above it. Your whole bookcase is very pretty.
Hugs, Cindy

Revi said...

Clever! And that's a great looking lamp. :)
-Revi

Serendipity and Spice said...

What a great and cute idea! Thanks so much for sharing at Manic Monday.

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

That is the cutest lanter ever! What a great idea!

Shannah @ Just Us Four said...

This is a really great project! It is so innovative! I would love it if you would come link it up at my Pinworthy Projects Link Party.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

It looks fab, Anne. That lantern was a great candidate for your idea.

Kifus said...

Looks gorgeous, Anne! And I love your Nutmeg crackled sign too! So beautiful!

Marilyn said...

I love this Anne, what a neat cute idea :))(

Gwen said...

This is just brilliant...I love it when people think creatively like this..it is amazing what can be done.
I don't think we have Mason jars in the UK....They are so cute!
What a lovely project, pretty and useful!
xxx

Cindy F. Adkins said...

That looks really cool, Anne! Great idea! I liked your comment on my kitty/bird painting! Yes, he does kinda look like he got into the cream! lol
Hugs, Cindy

Angie said...

Very cute and a great idea! Thanks for sharing it at Knick of Time Tuesday.

Blessings,
Angie @ Knick of Time

4you-withlove said...

LOVE this!

thistlewoodfarm said...

What a cute idea, Anne! I love the light already and then the idea to add light....perfect.

blessings,
karianne

Janice@GypsyFarmGirl said...

Great idea! I love the quick and easy transformation!

Anonymous said...

May I say what excellent taste you have...I have one just like that sitting in my line of sight in the den. But mine doesn't have the pretty lights--what a great idea!

driftwoodesign said...

That light looks so fabulous lit up this way and displayed on your book shelf. Great idea!
Kristy @ 4 the love of WOOD

Mary-Sweetwater Style said...

This is just darling...I am pinning it and then walking around the house to look for something that I have that would work the same way. Where is the best place to get the lights?

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

What a great idea, the perfect little vintage light. Does the glass get hot I'm wondering...or is there ventilation? If you'd like another place to share it I'm hosting a link party today with a few fellow bloggers. It's all about the easy peasy, super simple tips and projects. I'd be great to see you linked up. :)
http://thespacebetweenblog.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/diy-spring-wreath-painted-with-seaglass-and-driftwood/
Karah

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

I used those battery lights at our deck by the creek where we don't have electricity. Great idea to use them in a lantern like that. Very creative.

Bonnie said...

Love your lantern lamp. This is perfect and so charming. Looks like lightening bugs.

Red Rose Alley said...

Your boat lantern in very unique, Anne, and it looks good on your shelf. I've never seen one of those before in a house - what a great idea!
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

nelda said...

What a wonderful idea! I'm going to copy it right away because I have a round art deco hanging light that I was going to rewire, but I absolutely love how your light looks!

nelda said...

What a wonderful idea! I'm going to copy it right away because I have a round art deco hanging light that I was going to rewire, but I absolutely love how your light looks!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

So clever!

:)

Linda

Judy said...

That is such a clever idea. I just love it. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

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Jennifer said...

What a great idea Anne!

Shiloh said...

I love it! That's a fantastic little lamp!

Tisha said...

So cute!

The DIY Show Off said...

Super cute and so clever! I love it!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

That's quite an illuminating idea, Anne. Sorry; I couldn't resist. ;) I like it with the lights inside. Is it as bright as it appears?

Thanks for linking your creativity to Time Travel Thursday this week.

Blessings,
Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Your idea worked out great with the lights!

It's All Connected said...

Now, I'm rummaging through the junk drawer for battery operated lights! Great idea. ~ Maureen

vignette design said...

Love this idea and how your light looks on the bookshelf. ~Delores

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

This looks great! You have a great blog.I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas. Visiting you from Wow Us Wednesdays.

Karla said...

This is super cute Anne. Very clever with the lights. :)

Jenny@daysofchalkandchocolate said...

Brilliant! I wouldn't have thought to do that but it looks great! Come to think of it, I have a candle lantern I don't use with candle. Maybe I'll try this!

Meg said...

Fun idea! I love the lantern, it's so round and perfect. :)

gail said...

well, isn't your lamp so clever! :)
thanks for sharing at catch as catch can!
gail

Katie Goldsworthy said...

This would look so good on a table or shelves! I LOVE lights. This one is so fun!

--Katie

Becky@DoodleBug said...

What a great use of 15 minutes! Don't you love it when little things make a big difference? I love your lantern.

Audrey-eleganteconomies.blogspot.com said...

An adorable idea! Practical and cute! Love it!