Dollar Store Patriotic Lanterns

Dollar Store Lanters

I don’t know what it is about the 4th of July, but it always puts me in a crafty mood. I was wanting to make something for the 4th and these dollar store patriotic lanterns were both easy and thrifty. This is a perfect project to let the kids help out with too.


I started with 3 candle holders and a pack of stickers. They were only one dollar each at the dollar store. I love the dollar store!


The kids or you can place the star stickers all around the candle holders. I didn’t use a particular pattern, I just stuck them on.


Once you have on all the star stickers, grab your spray paint and get started. It was a windy day here, so I spray painted in my garage. Make sure you lay down something first so you don’t get paint everywhere. I cut open an old cereal box we were throwing away.


Start painting the candle holders. I recommend keeping about 10-12 inches away so the paint doesn’t get too drippy. I just sprayed in one coat, but you may want to use two small coats.



Spray until the stickers aren’t very visible. You can see where they are, but not the color.  Let them sit until the paint is dry. This should take three to four hours depending on the temperature.


Now you can peel off the stickers. Put some candles in them and you are ready for the 4th. I used citronella candles to help keep the bugs away.


This project was so easy, even I could handle it (and I am so not crafty)! So what are you waiting for? Grab some spray paint and get started on these awesome dollar store patriotic lanterns.

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  1. I love dollar stores, especially Dollar Tree… I love what you did with the cups, and it is a beautiful look that can be used for any ocassion, by just changing the spray color and the shape of the stickers… great job!


  2. Such a brilliant and simple way to decorate for the 4th of July! Definitely pinning this one. Love that I can take this idea and switch it up for other holidays too.

  3. So cute! I’m sharing this post with my FB fans! Stopping by from Share the Wealth Sunday.

    The Frugal Ginger

  4. Oh my gosh, I needed this post! I could see these lining a walkway for summer parties! By the way, my name is Niki, and I’m one of your fellow Merry Monday hosts, and wanted to let you know that I love your blog and hope to catch up on several of your other projects this week, too! Pinned! Have an awesome week!

  5. I love this idea! I tried making one with just circle dots (not for a holiday) and had a hard time getting the circles off afterwards. Drat!

    I have a link party that I am trying to grow. I invite you to share this idea (and a couple of others) at my Grandma Ideas Sharing Time link up at I think my readers would LOVE this idea.

    My linkup is open Wednesday through Friday at midnight. I hope to see you there!

    All the best,

  6. Visiting from Modest Monday

    What a great and simple project! I may do this for 4th of July just so we can be a bit more festive.

    liz @ sundays with sophie

  7. You gotta love the dollar store! This is a great project for all sorts of holidays. I can’t wait to give it a try.

    Thanks for linking up with Share the Wealth Sunday!

  8. These are lovely! I have them on my to-do list now if I get to the dollar store before the 4th. Pinning 🙂 .

  9. such a cute idea for the 4th!

  10. I love the dollar store too! These are a great inexpensive way to decorate for July 4th. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

  11. Very cute idea. It doesn’t look too hard, even for a non-crafty person like me!

    I found you on the Raising Homemakers Link up, and I’m glad to find your site. I also followed you on Pinterest.

    Hope you have a wonderful day today~

  12. These are darling! So creative and budget-friendly! Thanks!

  13. What a neat trick! I’m also not very crafty, but I feel like I can do this. I don’t use candles, but they’re so pretty I’m sure I can find another use for them. Thanks for the tip.

  14. Love this idea. Very simple, yet well put together. Wonder if we have any old vases lying around still…. hmmm.

    Thanks for sharing at #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup …I’ve pinned your post!

  15. Fun idea! I never would have thought to use the stickers. Thanks so much for sharing at #HomeMattersParty. Hope you’ll join us again.

  16. oh my gosh.. this is such an adorable idea! Love it!

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