Turn an Old Lantern into a Mini Greenhouse

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How to Make a Mini Greenhouse From an Old Lantern | CreativeCainCabin.comYesterday I was outside all day, I pinned laundry on the line, mowed the yard, weeded the flowers, added a new birdhouse in the maple tree, and planted a fern in my old bike basket. Why doing all that work my wheels started turning and an upcycle project emerged. 

How to Make a Mini Greenhouse From an Old Lantern | CreativeCainCabin.comYou see I had these old black lanterns in my pile of junk to go to the trash, when my brilliant idea hit. That’s what I call them anyway, and every time I have one of my “brilliant ideas” hubby just shakes his head. Fortunately this time it didn’t require him doing any work. Lucky him!!

How to Make a Mini Greenhouse From an Old Lantern | CreativeCainCabin.comAnyway I rescued the lanterns from the trash and decided to turn them into mini greenhouses. The black was faded from the sun, and I knew I wanted a lighter color so I carefully removed the glass and gave them a quick coat of white spray paint. That alone made them look 100 times better. Next I added small terracotta pots and a cute cascading plant. Wow, Im in love with the lanterns all over again. 

How to Make a Mini Greenhouse From an Old Lantern | CreativeCainCabin.comTo make them a true greenhouse I will need to add the glass again, but right now I like the open concept and it adds a pop of color on my front porch. I just love it when I can create something new from something old, and save it from the landfill. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend everyone!






  1. Becky says

    These look really great. I like the white paint and the plants are a great idea. It’s a really nice look for spring. Don’t you love it when the light bulb comes on and creative juices start to flow. My neighbor had two really large lanterns I think she got for free because the glass was broken in them. She has a large home and entryway and put them on the entryway table. Every time I went over she had them decorated with a different look. Grapevine and a flameless candle, a cute framed picture of her grandson inside, little boo pumpkins stacked up, and small faux Christmas trees, just to name a few. Those are things she couldn’t do had they not had the glass removed. Sometimes a minus ends up being a plus. Love all your creative ideas.

    • says

      Becky, I like them white better too, it shows up against the logs better. I did do the boo pumpkins in them for fall, but now that they have new life I think I’ll use them for other seasons ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. says

    Exceptionally cute project!!! Thanks for the idea!

    • says

      Anne, thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great weekend

  3. Mary Tullila says

    Beautiful repurpose! What a great idea.

    • says

      Thank you Mary, I’m always happy when I can reuse something and enjoy it a while longer. Have a wonderful weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. says

    I love them without the glass too, Dawn. Very clever.
    You always come up with the best ideas!

    • says

      Susan, I think I’ll keep the glass and put it back in for fall and load the lantern with tiny pumpkins.

  5. Kathleen G says

    I love what you did to up cycle the lanterns. Fresh and summery, Kathleen in Az

    • says

      Thanks Kathleen, they look much better now, and I’m enjoying them again.

  6. Nancy Blue Moon says

    I have two lanterns like yours..I am going to do this..love it Dawn!

    • says

      Nancy, good for you, they will be charming ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. crafty.grandma says

    Love this idea!!! Wish I had two latterns like that …..juts got back from shopping and not about to go out again!! LOL!!! Maybe next time….thanks for the share!

    • says

      I think I originally purchased them at Target, if you go looking again ๐Ÿ™‚

      • crafty.grandma says

        LOL!! That is exactly the mall I went shopping. Target unfortunately closed their doors early this year (March I think) in Canada after being open only one year….and I do remember seeing them there only they were still at 10% off…when I returned on the day before they closed, there was nothing left!!! I did get a nice soap pump for $2 which was originally $8! and 48 Everready batteries for $4.00!! LOL!! Nothing more interesting!! I think I saw some at our local hardware store of all places!! I will continue looking… I have one from Ikea but it is too small for a plant….maybe Micheals!! Thanks for the inspiration

        • says

          I bet they have them at Walmart too ๐Ÿ™‚

    • says

      Thank you Kris, a zero dollar project is always fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Debbie says

    We are two peas from the same pod. I have painted my rusty, old lanterns twice now. I put candles in a jelly jar
    in them. Going to turn one into your great idea. Thanks Dawn. Still loving your blog!!!

    • says

      Debbie, great minds think alike ๐Ÿ™‚ I bet you will find several ways to use them.

  9. says

    LOVE this and will be stealing ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for sharing. Sue x

    • says

      Sue so glad you liked it, steal away ๐Ÿ™‚

      • says

        Already eyeing up contenders ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ll be sure to tag you in as my inspiration when I do it. Thanks again x

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