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DIY: "Old Made New" Candle Lantern*

DIY: "Old Made New" Candle Lantern*

Who doesn't love a touch of vintage flair on a summer patio? Taking something old and re-purposing or re-envisioning it is a style technique as old as time. Cheerios is doing it with their classic staple of childhood past and present, by introducing their new Honey Nut Cheerios Hearty Oat Crunch -- my kids couldn't wait to open the box and try it, and give it their full endorsement! Backyard entertaining is a summer must for us -- our small house makes indoor events a challenge. Here is a simple candle lantern you can make yourself to decorate your breakfast nook or your backyard gazebo!

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What you need:

  • vintage glass top canning jars
  • coffee beans
  • candles
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Fill your jar roughly 1/3 full of coffee beans. (This is a great way to use up stale coffee beans, but if you are looking for something a touch more colourful marbles look really great, too!)

Once filled, position your candle inside the jar. The candle should be at least 1.5" below the rim of the jar. When done using your candle outside, keep it nice and dry by replacing the glass lid and rim.

Bonus: use the glass lid as a coaster!

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Have a favorite "re-purposing" DIY? A Pinterest project you're hoping to create? Leave a comment -- I'd love to hear about it!

Want to try something old made new? The first 25 of my readers to follow this link will get their own FREE box of Honey Nut Cheerios Hearty Oat Crunch! You can also visit the Life Made Delicious Facebook page for more fun.

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*Disclosure – I am participating in the Honey Nut Cheerios Hearty Oat Crunch Blogger Campaign by Mom Central Canada on behalf of General Mills, and received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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