Ever find a farmhouse lantern and you have no idea what to do with it? Here are 4 ways to decorate with farmhouse lanterns. These are simple, easy ideas for decorating your coffee table and your porch and your living room and your front porch.
Last night I hosted Pokeno at my house.
The game that is kind of like Bingo that you sit around and laugh and eat skittles and drink sweet tea and play with a game board and a deck of cards and your goal is to get five in a row or a postage stamp or a diagonal line or a full house.
Have you played it?
Or is it just a Texas thing?
When you win a hand in the game, you dance up and down in your seat and yell POKENO. Why? BECAUSE YOU ARE THE WINNER. And then? You get to pick a gift from the gifts that everyone has brought and eventually you can steal a gift from someone who has already opened one.
When you attend a Pokeno game, you have ONE GOAL in mind. You want to find the most stealable gift you can bring. You don’t want someone to open their gift and say awkwardly, “Ummm. This is nice.” Instead? You want them to sigh and melt and hug the gift and say something like, “I have been looking for this gift all my life.” You want everyone to look at the gift and make a mental note that they are going to steal that gift when it’s their turn to play. And while they are all looking longingly at the gift and someone says, “Who brought that? It’s amazing.”
You simply smile and raise your hand and grin to yourself and pat yourself on the back and sink back in your chair…
…and sip your sweet tea.
Misson Pokeno accomplished.
This was my super, amazing, incredible stealable gift.
It’s a farmhouse lantern.
And the BEST PART OF THIS ENTIRE STORY?
It was only $9.84 at Walmart.
I was there to buy chips and dip and pretzels and fresh fruit and hot appetizers for the party and I saw this lantern on the end cap. We have a $20 budget for the gifts, so I bought two. It looks so expensive. Seriously.
But I wanted to make the gift even better. Even more amazing. Even more stealable. So I styled the lantern in my home four ways and told the person who opened the gift that the lantern came with 4 decorating ideas, too.
Here are 4 ways to decorate with farmhouse lanterns.
1. Decorate a side table
I filled the lantern with a small potted plant and placed it on a side table in the living room. I like the green plant and I like the location and I love the idea of a lantern on the side table in the living room.
I wish after I looked at the pictures I would have stacked some books and placed the lantern on the stack. I also thought that galvanized metal doesn’t really work with all the brass.
So I found this lantern for almost the same price in brass.
I love its clean lines and I could use it with a taller plant.
2. Decorate the kitchen counters
I love, love, LOVE it in the kitchen so much.
I think I’m going to go back today and buy another one for myself and put it here and find the brass one for the living room.
Here, I placed a book page tree in the center of it. I love the idea of keeping the door open. And look at all the tiny nails where the metal is attached.
Super high-end looking.
3. Decorate the porch
Here I added it to my grouping of lanterns that I already have on the porch.
I keep a set out there and they have aged with the weather and I love the look of the vintage patina on the wood and the metal.
I ususally just leave these lanterns empty.
I’ve tried to put things in them before and then I forgot about what I put in them….and well….
That’s an entirely different post with a story.
4. Decorate a coffee table
I love this look, too.
I created this vignette on the coffee table in the living room. I started with a metal tray and added the lantern with a wood bead strand.
The bead strand is just looped around the top and draped over with the jute tassels on each end.
You could put something inside the lantern door, but I liked it plain with the bead tassel.
Are you curious?
Was it stolen?
Did people sigh and exclaim and want to take it home and decorate with it in their own homes.
And it made my night and my sweet tea…
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