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Cantina Nights DIY Lights

Add the sparkle of candlelight to your outdoor space with these colorful DIY painted lanterns.

Cantina Nights DIY Lights
Cantina Nights DIY Lights
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Adding outdoor lighting ideas to your porch or outdoor space allows you to enjoy the fresh air and warm summer breezes well into the night. Buying luminaries at the store is an easy way to add light to your life, but these store-bought items are often far too boring to fit your style profile. Check out the Cantina Nights DIY Lights to learn how to paint metal lanterns so that they stand out and add color to your world. Resembling the bright colors of a Spanish cantina, these gorgeous paint crafts are easy to create.
TIP FROM THE EDITOR: If you love adding outdoor lighting and candles to your life, but worry about an open flame outdoors during a dry summer or a kid-friendly gathering, you can easily replace the candles shown in this project with battery-operated options.

Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniqueDIY Craft



Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Martha Stewart Crafts ® 2oz Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint - Habanero 
  • Martha Stewart Crafts ® 2oz Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint - Chamomile
  • Martha Stewart Crafts ® 2oz Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint - Summer Linen
  • Martha Stewart Crafts ® 2oz Multi-Surface Pearl Acrylic Craft Paint - Fruit Punch
  • Martha Stewart Crafts ® Foam Pouncers Set - 6pc
  • Lanterns


  1. Wipe off the jar surfaces with an alcohol wipe and let dry.

  2. Use the pouncers to apply even coats of paint to the metal surface of the paint. You may want to apply two or three coats of paint for full coverage.

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