How to Make Candle Lantern Wall Sconces
My favorite part of decorating a room is also my biggest challenge! WALL DECOR!!! I needed something on either side of the framed wreath over my sofa (more on that project in another post), it just took me forever to come up with something I liked. Typically what I like is over my budget so I generally wind up making my wall decor for a fraction of what it would cost to buy it. Re-purposing is a great and inexpensive way to get exactly what you want and adds charm and interest to your decor too. It pays to to look at yard sale and flea market items with that in mind.
When I saw these bi-fold closet doors my re-purposing wheels started turning. The bottom half was the perfect size for my project and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them.
This project was fast and easy and can definitely be done in a weekend! So gather your materials and I’ll walk you through the process.
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Fusion Mineral Paint in Black
Fusion Mineral Paint in Casement
Wire basket (be sure it fits inside the raised edges of the door) Mine were 9 inches. Any wall container can be used (wicker, galvanized, wood, etc.)
Silk flowers of your choice (something that compliments your room decor) I used three stems of each type flower and bunch of greens per basket
Floral Foam (2 blocks)
Hair Spray–you’ll see!
Sheet Moss if your wall container is closed this is not needed
Table Saw or Jigsaw depending on what you use for the back of the sconce
Preparing the Bifold Door (the back of the sconces)
This project was made from the bottom half (it’s longer) of two old bi-fold closet doors. You can use old window shutters, plain old wood, or even pallet wood. Because we used actual doors, we needed to cut them in half. We measured the top cross bar and cut the center cross bar to match the measurements with a table saw or jigsaw.
These sconces have a distressed appearance with black showing through the sanded areas. I used Fusion Mineral Paint in black as the base coat. One coat over the entire door covered completely. Allow to dry before the next step.
Next paint a coat of Fusion Mineral Paint in Casement (a nice shade of white). Allow to dry completely. I love this paint, the coverage is amazing.
Now we distress–which is really no more than roughing up the edges and other areas of the paint with sandpaper (sometimes for edges I use a nail file). The goal here is to make it look like areas of wear. Ideally you want the base color to show through. You can do as little or as much as you like–or, if you would rather, none at all!
Now the base of your candle lantern wall sconce is done! See how easy that was? On to the next step!
The Flower Wall Baskets
I searched high and low for wire wall baskets. I went to Joann’s and found these on clearance- $5.99 each! SCORE! There are plenty of options for wall baskets in different materials out there, choose what you like, making sure that the width of the basket fits within the frame of the back of the sconce.
Take your flower stems, pull the different branches away from each other and cut them apart. Do this with each of the three different types of flowers and again with the greens.
Now in some cases- like in the pom-pom shaped flowers-the stems will be short. To lengthen them, take a piece of floral wire and using the floral tape, tape them together by wrapping the flower stem to the wire. This can then be cut to whatever length you want. Once you have snipped the individual stems away from the main stem or bunch, set them aside till later.
Next is to prepare your baskets for the flowers. Now, if you are going to use wire baskets you will need the sheet moss. If using wicker or any type of closed wall basket, you don’t need sheet moss. Wall baskets have a flat back so they can lay flush with the wall.
Grab a block of your floral foam and lay your basket on top of it–take a steak knife (super special tool here) and trace the curve of the basket onto the foam. Then cut the foam on your tracing line. You may have to trim more once the sheet moss is inserted into the wire basket.
Unroll your sheet moss (this is incredibly messy) and let it sit a bit to “relax”. At this point I usually grab a can of regular old hairspray–yup, you heard me right–hair spray!. Once your moss has flattened out a little, pick it up and give it a little shake (outside is preferable) to remove any loose bits. Then take your hair spray and give the entire surface a good spray. It won’t stop the shedding completely but it really stops a lot of the mess!. Give it a few minutes to dry.
Fold the sheet moss in half (the width of the basket/container) and lay the basket on top to give you an idea of size. Add a couple of inches to each side and a little extra at the top for overlap and cut the moss. Trim moss a little above the top of the basket and tuck the moss sides so there are no open areas.
At this point you want to trim your foam the rest of the way to fit inside the basket, slightly below the opening. Arrange your flowers (I usually do both at the same time so they look alike) and you are finished with the second part of this project.
Put It All Together
I recommend a 5″ hook for the lanterns-depending upon the size of the lantern you will need that length to hold them away from the back of the sconce. This step is basically a matter of preference. Play around with placement until you’re happy with the look. Measure down from the top and in from the sides to find your center point in the area you want your hook installed. Place your hook centered on the sconce and screw into place. (TIP: I colored the silver screws with a black sharpie so they would blend in). Again, measure up from the bottom and in from the sides for placement of the wall basket placement. Add a hanger on the back and your Candle Lantern Wall Sconces are ready to display!
Re-purposing is a great way to create one of a kind decor for your home. All things considered I spent approximately $40 on supplies for two of these Candle Lantern Wall Sconces and have exactly what I wanted for the space.
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