Sunday, April 19, 2009

Primitive Rusty Electric Lantern Light Tutorial

Well, I thought I would try and do my first tutorial of this
Primitive Rusty Electric Lantern Light

I found this black lantern at Walmart where they have all of their candles for under $6.00 and thought this would make a great primitive electric lantern light that we all love. If it is not located in the candle section then it should be by the camping equipment. I have done this with antique oil lanterns as well. Hope you enjoy this tutorial!


*Black Oil Lantern (Found at Walmart in the candle or camping aisle, under $6.00)

*Light Cord w/Clip Light
and on/off switch 6' (Found at )


*Cinnamon (you can also add clove, nutmeg, etc. depending on the spices you want)

*Matte Finish Mod Podge

*Foam or Paint brush

*Needle nose pliers, regular pliers and Wire cutters

*Clear Matte Spray (Found at Walmart)

Remove the wire handle from the lantern by pulling apart slightly (outward). Then remove the wick by turning the round knob that sticks out until the wick comes out. Press the little wire lever down and pull the top of the lantern up to remove the glass. Take your light cord with clamp light and plug it in to make sure it works. Better to check now than when it is too late!

Set the glass aside. Move the center part back and (that holds the glass in place) out of the way to get to the part that the wick come out of. Take your wire cutters and cut out a square in the BACK of the piece that has the knob so your cord can lay flat in there and your glass will be able to fit over it. Make sure it is not jagged so your cord will get be damaged.

(This photo was taken after the lantern was done. I wanted to add a pic of the cord)
Then take your light cord with clamp light and place the cord in the cut out square. Remove your light bulb and push down to clamp it into the base that has the knob to lift the wick. Place your light bulb back into the clamp light.
Now take your wire cutters and cut away half of the hump part where the wick comes out. Place it back over the clamp light to make sure it will fit over the clamp light. The edge will be jagged so you will want to take your regular pliers or needle nose pliers and fold the edge inward.

Move that piece that you just cut over your light and back into position. Make sure that your clamp light is centered.

Then take paint/sponge brush dip it into some mod podge and and start coating small areas at a time and sprinkle your spices on it. Shake off excess spices and continue until your whole lantern is covered. Do small sections at a time and do not worry if some of the black shows through, it give it a nice primitive look! Don't forget to coat the bottom of it and your handle. If you need to touch up any areas do it now. Let it set to dry.

Once your whole lantern and handle are covered in spices and it dried, place the handle back on the lantern and take it outside and spray the whole lantern with the clear matte spray to help seal it. Don't worry the spices will still smell nice and strong!
Then when the lantern is completely dried place your glass back in the lantern and turn it on. Now you can find a nice prim place to display your prim rusty lantern light!

Hope you have fun making one !!

22 comments: said...

nice tutorial..
mona & the girls

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much, this is great!!

Deb said...

Thank you for the tutorial! Looks easy and will result in a great finish!

Lisa said...

Great tutorial - thank you so much for sharing. Yours turned out perfectly prim!!

mommynoodles said...

OMG!! Too funny!! Great minds must think alike.I bought the same exact one at Wal-mart for $5.97,to do the same thing.You did give me an idea to use the clip lights though.I was going to use the country battery operated candles,i guess for alittle less work!! LOL! You did great,it's cute and "primitive"!After all that's what we aim for!! LOL!

Susie@YLP said...

Wow, that turned out fantastic.
Guess I'll be adding the lights and the lanterns to my shopping list.


Gayle said...

Guess what I am getting on Walmart. Yours turned out great, I hope mine turns out like yours

country cottage said...

What an awesome tutorial. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Touchofsunshine said...

I love your Lantern, Thank you so much for sharing

Woods Olde Homestead said...

Great tutorial...thank you so much for sharing... Yours turned out so it
Prim Blessings...

Cathi said...

Thanks for sharing...will add this to my to-do list. One can never have enough lights!!

Sweetpea said...

I am so glad to hear that everyone enjoyed my tutorial and my finished lantern. Thank you so much! I hope to have another tutorial soon!


yorkie's primitives said...

That is awesome!!! Do you have a print out version of this tutorial? I can't wait to try one. I actually found an old lamp like that at a rummage sale for 50 cents. I love it!

Sweetpea said...

I am sorry but I do not have a print out of the tutorial. I just typed it up in my blog. Wow, what a great buy for 50 cents!!


Diane B said...

what an awesome tutorial this is right up my alley too... Thank you so much your blog rocks..

Chatty Kathy~Palmetto Prims said...

Love that lattern!!! Going to Walmart later today. LOL!! Thanks for the free pattern too!!!

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog and will be making this right now..I have all of the supplies..Thanks for the great tutorial..Love your site..

Anonymous said...

My question is how long does the cinn.stay on? Tammy

Lisa said...

Love this! I made a similar one last year, with the light I mean. And now after seeing this one, I may go back and add the old rusty look!
here's my plain one:

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pet said...

you for showing how to do this love this

aghinobirichino said...

Thank you!