Dollar Store DIY: Fall Placemat Lantern
Sometimes the neatest projects are the ones where you use common items in unexpected ways. For this simple DIY project, a place mat and a few other basic supplies are all you need to create a fall lantern that is perfect for illuminating those chilly fall nights. Take a look at how you can make one too!
- Plastic place mat
- Single 10-15 watt bulb electric cord
- 15 watt bulb (max)
- Hot glue, glue gun
We were able to find the place mat used in our sample picture at our local dollar store. As you can see, they had fun fall leaf patterns to choose from that were perfect for this craft. The cord and bulb can be found at most hardware stores for just a few dollars. Ask a helpful employee and they should be able to steer you towards what you need.
- Begin by wrapping the place mat into a cylinder shape.
- Secure the ends of the place mat with glue and press firmly together until the ends are adhered well.
- In the back of the lantern (this would be the side where the seam is) cut a small “U” shape out of the bottom. This way the cord can run through the place mat without throwing it off balance.
- Place your low wattage bulb in the single bulb cord and run it under the U tunnel.
Now, just plug your light in and presto! It will light up the entire placemat and gently glow through the design. This piece would look gorgeous on a mantel and is even a fun way to add a little glow to a kitchen counter or workspace. Give this fun and frugal DIY a try. It is a great way to decorate for the fall season for less.
I’ll be bringing you Dollar Store DIY ideas every Tuesday. I hope you get to try some of them. I think they are a frugal way to change your decor with the seasons!