Thursday, August 26, 2021

Re Vamping a "new" Lantern for Fall

Lanterns are pretty high on my list of favorite things.  I have a small collection, but there always seems to be room for another piece!  One of these three has just received a makeover!

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There's no monthly theme.
  • There's no budget to stick to.

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So, for this project, I only have one "before" photo for you.  Yep.  This is it.  An extra long string of fairy lights from Target.  I need you to imagine a yucky, rusty, tall bird feeder.  And a can of spray paint.

The icky bird feeder with lovely bone structure was cleaned and spray painted a nice gun metal gray.

There was a bit of drama around where to place that surprisingly large battery pack for the cute little fairy lights.  My first idea was to hot glue or tape it to the top of the lid.  


Thankfully, there is a small slot on two sides at the bottom of the bird feeder, allowing bird seed to spill.  The battery pack was placed in the bottom of the bird feeder with the power supply threaded out one of the slots.  The heavier wire is tucked up the back along one of the corner rails.  Both ends of the gold fairy string are held in place by the lid at the top.

Ta Da!  

Here's how my "new" lantern looks with curtains open during the day.

On a recent trip to Hobby Lobby, I noticed this wall of pumpkins.  While I'm not quite ready for those Autumn staples just yet, I am loving this year's color palette, especially, the blues near the bottom left!  So, my styling choices were a couple of items from my collection of lanterns, along with a vintage Coca Cola tin and a small green apple.

Here's the vignette with lights on.  Did you notice the dragonfly?

How darling are those fairy lights when the room is darker?!  Next month, I will be swapping that apple for a pumpkin or two!

And now for more thrifty goodness!

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  1. What a pretty way to dress up the old bird feeder. The fairy lights look lovely inside.

  2. I would never have thought of dressing up a bird feeder like that. It loos great!


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