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DIY Dollar Tree Concrete Lanterns

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These DIY Dollar Tree concrete lanterns are a simple upcycle that elevates the humble original to a gorgeous and sophisticated new level!

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If there’s one certainty in life, one thing that you can count on time and time again, one inviolate rule that shall never be broken, it is this: when it comes to crafting and DIY, if I come up with an idea, it will always be built in the most complicated manner possible.

Which is weird, you know, because I’m a pretty laid back and lazy kinda guy. You’d think my brain would naturally seek out the path of least resistance.

You’d think that…and you’d be wrong.

Contrast this with my babes. She and I could not be more different…on almost every front you could imagine. Where as I’m laid back and lazy, she’s Category 5 hurricane in human form. There’s something in her blood…a pathogen maybe…that drives her to work, even when she’s not working! It’s a remarkable attribute that makes me tired just thinking about it! So you’d think with all that frenetic squirrely brain power and kinetic motion, she’d be the one coming up with all sorts of convoluted ways of doing things.


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When it comes to DIY and crafting, she has the confounding ability to see the absolute easiest and most straightforward way of getting from point A to point B.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for it – it saves Yours Sufferingly a ton of time on our crafts and projects! But on the other hand, it can be a teensy bit show-offy and annoying. Like, I’ll come to her all proud and be like, “Hey babes! Look at this widget I just made!”

And she’ll look at the widget, and she’ll immediately see and understand exactly how I made it and how many steps there were from inception to completed widget.

Then she’ll say the obligatory, “That’s great my babes.”

Now, you all know the next word. It’s the most ruinous word in the entire English language…



“But, you could have made it by…” And here she’ll short-circuit my methodology by pointing out a solution that I could have take from step 2 directly to step 10 and then finished on step 11.

And I hold my widget and wonder how such perfect simplicity could come from such a overclocked brain!

Okay, I know what you’re thinking:

Oh, so this is a project that Greg thought of and then Handan made it easier.

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Wrong, madam!

Yes, I thought of a project to make lanterns from Dollar Tree concrete candle holders, and yes I came up with a…certain method…for achieving my goal.

And then I shared the project on Instagram.

But it was an Instagram follower who showed me a better way!

Okay, look, here’s the thing. It wasn’t my fault. I made the original version with what Dollar Tree had at the time – plain discs of concrete with a simple copper wire frame. How was I supposed to know that a hot minute later they would come out with a new and improved version with beautiful patterned concrete and a glass cylinder?

Anyway, before we get to the new and improved DIY Dollar Tree concrete lanterns, have a look at the original Reel on Instagram so you can understand the materials I had to work with for version 1.

The follower in question left the following comment:

They now have those with patterns on them! I just saw them yesterday and they come with a clear glass candle holder and the concrete base. So you wouldn’t even need the ball ornament!

This was intriguing news!

Sure enough, on our very next trip to Dollar Tree, I found the candle holders to which she referred.

They were beautiful!

I deposited 6 of them in my basket and went back home to create DIY Dollar Tree concrete lanterns version 2.

And when I showed my babes the finished product, she didn’t dissect it with a glance and offer a better way. She looked it over, nodded, and said, “Great job, my babes!”

So you can rest assured, madam, that this version is indeed the easiest version of all!

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DIY Dollar Tree Concrete Lanterns


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It is truly amazing what Dollar Tree is selling these days. No matter how you look at it, this concrete and glass candle holder is a steal at $1.

man holding a concrete and glass candle holder
man holding a concrete and glass candle holder

These concrete candle holders are offered in four different patterns. We chose our three favorites for our concrete lanterns.

man holding a concrete and glass candle holder

I used simple warm white string lights, but these lanterns would be even better and easier to use with remote-controlled, color-changing string lights!

man holding string lights

In college, I knew it as Fun Tak – the blue stretchy stuff we used to hang our posters on dorm room walls. Now it’s also called Poster Tack (at Dollar Tree) or Mounting Putty by the funsters at Scotch. Fun Tak is still made by Loctite. Sure is a better name than Mounting Putty! Anyway, you’ll just need a little, so I recommend Jot from Dollar Tree if you have one nearby.

man holding two packages of poster tak

This is just about all you need for each lantern.

man holding a small ball of mounting putty

Just place it onto one of the concrete bases as shown below.

man putting poster putty on a concrete candle holder base

And give it a little smush.

man putting poster putty on a concrete candle holder base

Bundle the plastic-coated length of wire with the controller.

man holding the control unit for string lights

And press that puppy onto the Fun Tak like you’re hanging a Led Zeppelin poster in your freshman dorm room in 1990. Or maybe you’re more into my freshman year roommate’s music, in which case, you can press that controller onto the Fun Tak like it’s a Paula Abdul poster.

Straight up.

man affixing a string light controller onto a concrete candle holder base

You want that control unit to be mounted entirely within the recessed base so you don’t see it hanging down later on.

man holding a concrete candle holder base

Next, just stuff the lights into the glass any old way you’d like – the messier, the better.

man stuffing string lights into a candle holder
man stuffing string lights into a candle holder

When all the lights are in, place the concrete base with the control switch on top.

man putting the top onto a concrete lantern

Couldn’t be easier, right?

man holding a diy concrete lantern

Each one of these DIY Dollar Tree concrete lanterns costs just over $3 to make, but they look like they cost a whole lot more!

DIY Dollar Tree concrete Lanterns -
DIY Dollar Tree concrete Lanterns -
DIY Dollar Tree concrete Lanterns -
DIY Dollar Tree concrete Lanterns -
DIY Dollar Tree concrete Lanterns -
DIY Dollar Tree concrete Lanterns -
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  1. So simple and yet elegant. Now I am so looking forward to see what you all come up with to use the extra glass cylinder …. challenge??

  2. Guess I will be hitting Dollar Tree later today. These will look so cool on our mantel during November. You guys come up with some of the coolest ideas 😎

  3. Heeeeyyyyy, look at that! Version 2.0 was step 1, step 2, step 10, and you’re done! Both versions are great, and would fit into any seasonal decor year-round. I need to explore my Dollar Tree more closely–I never seem to find the fun stuff that you do. Thanks for the lantern ideas!

    1. It is our pleasure, Deb! You should see how Handan shops in there – every aisle walked, every product scrutinized…every time we go! LOLOL!

  4. I have the stuff to make one! I broke the glass globe in DT so bought a second one–and I have the lights! Now for the Fun Tac! So cute!

  5. These are so cool! Good job 🙂 I wondered as I going through this post if the tall cylinder vase that DT sells would work in place of the glass? If so, then have a tall one and a short one. My DT’s do not have these yet so I can’t check the size but I’ll keep looking!
    Thanks Greg!

  6. Thanks for the anonymous shout out, lol . That was me that made the suggestion on Instagram . Glad you went with it, they look great !!! YAY

  7. The candles are pretty and I will try them…thank you…
    …BUT …..what I REALLY would like to know is >drum🥁roll<
    what's the name of that plant?!!
    It's the picture that follows..

    "No matter how you look at it, this concrete and glass candle holder is a steal at $1."

    At the top R corner.
    Thanks 👋

  8. This DIY project shows how to create concrete lanterns using Dollar Tree supplies, offering a budget-friendly way to add stylish lighting to your outdoor space.