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Grace
Savvy July 2023

Budget-friendly Lanterns?

Grace, on January 27, 2023 at 3:58 AM Posted in Do It Yourself 1 9

Hello everyone, I'm looking to DIY some centerpieces using lanterns filled with some artificial greenery/florals (sort of like a terrarium) and flameless/LED candles, the only problem is I can't find any convincing lanterns which will hold all of this for under $30 per lantern. I will be having around 20 tables at my wedding and I reeaaaally don't want to be spending $600 on lanterns alone. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to find better deals and/or DIY this cost effectively?


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9 Comments

Latest activity by Grace, on January 30, 2023 at 7:42 PM
  • M
    VIP August 2021
    Michelle ·
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    Hi Grace. A wedding decor budget of $600 is incredibly good. One suggestion is to use a few lanterns during the ceremony and move them to the reception area, so you don't have to buy more than needed.

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    Remi ·
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    Hobby lobby puts their lanterns on sale every 2 or 3 weeks. I've also seen lanterns at $5 below in the summer aisle. (They aren't as nice as what you pictured, but may work). I've also seen them posted an Facebook marketplace for very reasonable prices. There are YouTube videos of people making them from dollar store picture frames, also. Good luck!
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  • Cece
    Rockstar October 2023
    Cece ·
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    I was going to suggest hobby lobby also. They have 50% off sales all the time! And you can find some great steals in their clearance aisles. I will caution, you may not be able to find as many as you need on the clearance aisles, but if you are open to mixing and matching different lanterns for different tables, you may be in luck.
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  • Rabreena
    Expert October 2021
    Rabreena ·
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    I would suggest looking into rental companies and see if they have any lanterns available for you to rent (maybe they will have optional greenery and lights to add). I do like Cece's idea of mixing and matching different lanterns, this way if a company doesn't have enough of one style you could still make it work.

    Also this way you won't be stuck with trying to utilize or sell 20 lanterns after your wedding.

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  • Sharonda
    Super January 2021
    Sharonda ·
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    I would suggest looking on Facebook marketplace - you can find some good deals there. That’s where I found the lanterns I used during my wedding a couple of years ago. I got about 12 tall gold lanterns for $15 each. After my wedding, I kept a few of them and I resold the rest on FB marketplace.
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  • Karissa
    Rockstar May 2023
    Karissa ·
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    These are the lanterns I am got on Amazon for our centerpieces. They are $32.99 for 2, so well within your budget. They come with flameless candles and are exactly what I had envisioned for my decor. I hope this helps!

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  • Julija
    Expert October 2023
    Julija ·
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    So Hobby Lobby has sales every so often and that is where I bought my lanterns. They were about $12 each.

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  • Jess
    Just Said Yes September 2022
    Jess ·
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    Definitely follow what others said re: Facebook marketplace. Joining wedding swap groups in your area can be HUGE for cutting down costs, especially on decor. I can almost guarantee there's a ton of people that have the candles you want already!

    That said, if you're looking for realism, it might make sense to have the terrarium elements outside the lantern like your second photo. I LOVE the visuals you put in, those are so gorgeous, and having an organic spillover with moss and lights onto your table is so fun and beautiful. Maybe having the floral elements (or fake moss, leaves, etc.) mixed with a handful of real blooms would give you a gorgeous effect.

    If you want it to appear like a real candle, that can definitely be faked by having lanterns with frosted glass. Kind of like this:

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    This would be easy to do with any cheap lantern, and since it's flame-less, you can probably get away with doing it without taping or anything - using a spray paint or window cling cut to size.

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    Just a thought!

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  • Grace
    Savvy July 2023
    Grace ·
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    Thank you for all the suggestions, I do like the idea of looking on Facebook marketplace and will have to check that out.

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