These ideas will brighten up any room.

By Real Simple
Updated January 03, 2018
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Stylish lighting can get pricey. So when we spotted this adorable $20 lantern candle holder at Target, we knew we’d found the answer to our affordable lighting dreams. With a little creativity, plus some string lights and sea glass from the craft supply store (or collected on your last beach vacation), you can turn this lantern into three gorgeous lighting options. Set this stunner on your dining room table or nightstand to lend a soft glow to the room.

Sea Glass Lantern

To give any room instant beach house vibes, fill the glass lantern base with mini LED battery-powered string lights. Then add sea glass, weaving the strand in between the pieces so that the lights are spaced throughout the lantern.

Soft Focus Light

For a subtle light that looks flattering at dinner parties or adds a charming glow to family movie nights, add an easy DIY shade. Wrap a semi-translucent piece of vellum, cut to the height of the glass cylinder, around the inside of the lantern. Then add string lights or an artificial candle.

Pendant Light Lantern

If you love the look of exposed lighting, wrap a cord outfitted with a decorative Edison bulb around the handle of the lantern, so that the bulb is suspended in the center of the glass cylinder. Leave this light on your bedside table for the most stylish night light you’ve ever seen.

Lantern Candle Holder
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Battery-Powered String Lights
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Green Seaglass Vase Fillers
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