Homemade Twig Lantern

Create a simple, but beautiful decoration using birch twigs and string that comes together for the perfect low-cost lantern.

| September 2018

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    This little twig lantern is easily made from a tea light cup and birch twigs
    Photo by Clara Lidstrom
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    “Vintage Crafts” by Clara Lidstrom is a do-it-yourself guide to crafting projects for decorating on a budget.
    Photo by Clara Lidstrom

  • birch twig lantern
  • book cover

Vintage Crafts (Skyhorse, 2013) by Clara Lidstrom is a guide to crafting on a budget. Vintage flair isn't just classy and cute; it's fun to create and perfect for any budget! So, let your creativity run wild on trips to the flea market, and don't back down from that deal at the yard sale. This is the ultimate home decor resource from Sweden's number one lifestyle blogger, Clara Lidström. With Vintage Crafts, use paper scraps, teacups, and a splash of paint to decorate your house room by room.

I made this little twig lantern from a tea light cup and birch twigs. It is easiest if the tea light cup is fairly straight in shape.


  1. Snip the twigs to the same length as the height of the lantern. Birch twigs work nicely.
  2. Put a rubber band around the tea light cup and insert the twigs under the band. When the whole cup is covered, tie a pretty string around the sticks tightly.
  3. Once it's properly fastened, you can cut off the rubber band.

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Excerpted with permission from Vintage Crafts by Clara Lidstrom.  Copyright 2013 by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. Also available at Barnes & Noble and your local bookstore.

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