So here’s my inspiration, an outdoor jute hurricane lantern from Anthropologie. I made mine with things I had on hand – so free works for me!
Here are the supplies I used: Empty Turkey Hill Sun Brew iced tea container, garden twine, jute rope, burlap, black cord, number stencil, black acrylic paint, and you will need a glue gun. I had all of these items on hand.
The black cord — well my family has a large sealed container that is the graveyard for all random cords/adapters. Between my husband and three older boys, we have accumulated quite a few gagets over the years and somehow we have also accumulated a lot of extra cords that I would like to throw out, but they won’t let me because they may need one some day!!! Sooo, I decided to invade their supply and put one of these cords to good use! If you don’t have any random cords at your house (lucky you), then you could adapt this and use some upholstery cording, pipecleaner, whatever.
Okay, on to the tutorial.
Remove the label from the iced tea container. I used Goo Gone. Then, cut the top off the container as shown by the red mark.
The original Anthropologie hurricane appears to have a metal frame. To replicate the look, I used the black cord. Cut six pieces of cord to fit the height of your container. Run a bead of hot glue (I used the low setting) down the length of the first corner and apply the cord. Repeat with all the corners. Then in the middle front, add another piece of cord. Repeat for the middle back. Do not add black cord to the middle sides.
Start on the left side and create a loop with your garden twine and glue at the top. Then continue to glue the twine down the side, across the bottom, up the other side, and end by creating another loop.
Take your burlap and cut to the approximate size needed to cover the container. Line up the burlap along the top edge of the container and leave enough at the bottom to fold over. Run a bead of hot glue down what will be the middle back piece of cord and attach the burlap. Use your finger and thumb to run over the burlap covered cord. This will accent the cord even more to create a ridge and give the appearance of a metal frame. Continue to the next line of cord and repeat the process the whole way around to your starting point at the back.
When you get back to your starting point, cut off any excess burlap and fold over to create a clean seam and glue.
At the bottom, simply fold and glue down the burlap like you would wrap a present.
Create a stencil with the number you would like to use (I used Contact paper with my Silhouette cutter). You could also use a rubber stamp or even just write on the burlap with a black Sharpie. I chose the number 50, because that is our house number. I think a monogram would be great for this project as well. Center your stencil on what will be the front of the lantern and fill in with black acrylic paint.
Next, glue the jute cord to the very top edge of the container. This will cover up your container cut line and burlap raw edge. Start at the middle back of the container where your seam begins and work your way around gluing a little at a time.
This is what it will look like with the rope glued to the top edge.
Repeat the process for the bottom.
Cut a piece of jute rope to the length you would like for hanging. Insert the rope through the twine loop. Take the end of the rope up about an inch, pinch the rope together, and secure with glue. Repeat on the other side with the other end of the rope.
Use your garden twine and wrap around the glued edges of the rope ends. I used glue to start wrapping and then glued the end of my wrapped twine. At the top, I created another loop for hanging by simply squeezing the rope together and wrapping again with the garden twine.
Add a battery operated candle and there you have it, a knock off Anthropologie jute lantern. I know it seems like a lot of steps, but it really didn’t take long and it was free!
This is my first tutorial, so please feel free to ask questions if something isn’t clear. Now, I need to make a few more of these to hang from the trees in my back yard!
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