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Make a trio of high-end Christmas lights with this Dollar Tree holiday lantern update using bronze metallic spray paint & greenery.

dollar tree holiday lantern update with spray paint

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Dollar Tree, with its wide array of budget-friendly decor items, is a go-to destination for many during this time of year. If you’re looking for a cost-effective way to elevate your holiday decor, you’ve come to the right place. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to turn an ordinary Dollar Tree lantern into a stunning metallic masterpiece using spray paint. Get ready to make your holidays shine even brighter with this simple and fun DIY project.

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This holiday season, don’t let a tight budget hold you back from creating a warm and inviting atmosphere in your home. With a little creativity and some spray paint magic, you can turn affordable plastic items into dazzling holiday decor that will impress your guests and spread the festive spirit.

dollar store lantern update

Video Tutorial

Watch this quick video to see how this craft came together:

dollar tree holiday lantern update with spray paint

Dollar Tree Holiday Lantern Update

Yield: 3 lanterns

Turn ordinary plastic Dollar Store lanterns into chic Christmas decor using spray paint.


  • battery operated lanterns (Dollar Tree)
  • painter's tape
  • metallic spray paint (oil-rubbed bronze)
  • sprigs of greenery (Dollar Tree)
  • twine (Michael's OR Dollar Tree)


  • flathead screwdriver
  • scissors


  1. Watch the video tutorial before you begin. Let that be your visual guide for this project.
  2. Open the lantern. Use the flathead screwdriver to pry open the lid of the lantern. pry off lantern top
  3. Cover the candle with painter's tape. Use small pieces of tape to create layers, making sure the entire candle is covered. add tape around electric candle
  4. Spray the lanterns and lids completely. I recommend going outside for the best ventilation. Spray paint the outside, inside, and bottom of the lanterns to get complete coverage from all angles. spray paint the lanterns
  5. Remove the painter's tape. Once the spray paint has dried completely, remove the tape from the light piece and pop the lid back on.
  6. Add greenery inside (optional). I personally decided to add a bit of greenery inside of the lantern around the candle. It might be easiest to do this before placing the lid back on top.
  7. Embellish the handle. Tie two pieces of greenery together with a piece of twine. Then tie the twine onto the lantern handle with a simple bow. tie faux greenery to lantern handle with twine


Make a bunch to line on a fireplace or make a few to use as a tablescape!

The finished dollar store lanterns:

dollar store plastic Christmas lanterns updated with spray paint

Your newly transformed Dollar Tree lantern can be a beautiful centerpiece for your holiday table, a welcoming porch decoration, or a thoughtful gift for friends and family.

The best part? You can customize it with different metallic shades or even add some faux snow or greenery of your choice for an extra festive touch.

Pin this Dollar Tree Holiday Lantern Update for Later:

spray painted dollar store holiday lanterns

More Dollar Store Christmas Transformations

This craft was part of a round-up video of Dollar Store Christmas transformations with spray paint. You can watch it on YouTube:

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