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13 Ways To Decorate With Vintage Lanterns For Spring

Add the charm of vintage lanterns to your home decor, and learn how to style and display these classic treasures for a cozy ambiance.

Adding spring flowers, nautical decor, or candles to the lanterns is simple, and the decorations can be changed with the seasons.

Decorating With Vintage Lanterns

Transform an old oil lantern into a solar light. or simply display a unique lantern with your favorite things.

collage with vintage lanterns

Did you pick a favorite? I’m a pushover for nautical decor so that display immediately caught my eye. Leave a note if you have time and thanks for being here, Kathy

Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. My in-laws gave us a cute little blue lantern (new) right before the predicted Y2K problems (which of course never happened). It’s been on my screened-in porch for years. So, I cleaned out yesterday and tossed it – rusted, won’t ever work, right? Today I saw this post. Garbage pickup is tomorrow. I had to dig it out; fortunately it was near the top. Thanks!

  2. I have a soft spot in my heart for vintage lanterns and have collected quite a few over the years. I use them for outdoor parties in the summer, so I was excited to see some great ideas that were new to me. I am especially interested in refitting some of them with solar lights. Thanks for these ideas.

  3. Thanks for sharing. I have a couple old railroad lanterns from when my grandpa worked on the railroad and I’m 67. One is so rusty, in a cool way, and it hangs in a sheltered spot out on the deck.