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Using Recycled Lanterns As Planters

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Recycled Lanterns As Planters - planted pots on garden table
Repurpose lantern frames with plants to hang or place on your patio or porch. This is a page about using recycled lanterns as planters.


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I found 2 lanterns in great shape at a thrift store for pennies! I wanted to transform these beauties into something other than lighting - planters! Although you find a lot of them are in black, I will transform them into a softer look.

Recycled Lanterns As Planters - planted pots on garden table


  • 2 lanterns
  • spray paint - I used Krylon ColorMaster paint and primer, in a gloss finish. The color is ballet slipper.
  • flowers of your choice
  • flower pots
  • drill to make drainage holes - optional


  1. Wipe your lanterns free of dust. Spray paint. Dry. You may need 2 coats of paint when using a lighter color. Allow to dry between coats.
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    Recycled Lanterns As Planters - spray paint the lanterns after removing the glass
  3. Make sure your pots have proper drainage. Drill holes if needed.
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  5. Fill your pots with soil and plants.
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  7. Insert the planted pots into each lantern.
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March 23, 20191 found this helpful

Did you use a diamond tipped drill bit to drill drainage holes or were you able to use something less expensive?

Like your idea!

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March 23, 20190 found this helpful

I used a regular drill bit for this plastic pot, Thank you for your response!

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March 23, 20191 found this helpful

Hey, Ana!

I'm finding more and more neighbors through ThriftyFun. I lived in Charlotte for a while. Also Lowell, just outside Gastonia. And I lived for a few years in Greenville SC. I did a bit of fishing on the Catawba river (mostly Brim).


My question about drill bits may have sounded strange. I didn't notice that the pots were plastic. I got some nice ceramic pots from Dollar Tree, but they had no drain holes. I went to get a diamond tip drill bit to make the holes and was shocked.

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March 24, 20190 found this helpful

Howdy neighbor,and welcome!

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