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Make Your Own Beautiful Enamel Cup Lantern – Easy DIY

Hands up who doesn’t love enamelware? I can’t see any hands 😉 To me nothing says farmhouse quite like a few enamel urns, plates and cups displayed on an open shelf in the kitchen. But, an enamel cup looks great in the bedroom too if you turn it into an electric lantern, like we did with this one.

Add a unique touch to your farmhouse decor with this electric enamel cup lantern. It makes such a lovely statement #DIYHomeDecor #Farmhouse

Enamel cup lantern

And the enamel cup lantern was surprisingly easy to make too. All you need, besides the cup, is plaster of Paris, a plastic tube, electric wire, a light fitting and switch and a kerosene oil lamp. You only need the burner bit and the glass chimney that protects the flame. Just check that the burner bit fits nicely inside the enamel cups. Enamel cups usually come in three standard size, small, medium and large. To make the lantern we used the medium sized cups with a diameter of 8 cm (3 1/8”).

An electric enamel cup lantern makes a lovely statement - Easy DIY

Enamel cups, lantern bits and a light fitting

How to Make an Enamel Cup Lantern

Start by taking the burner bit of the oil lantern apart. The burner consists of three parts, the top, the body and the wick channel. The burner top and wick channel are held together with small tabs that are crimped into slots on the burner body. You should be able to use your fingers to gently lift the tabs and then pull the bits apart.

An electric enamel cup lantern makes a lovely statement - Easy DIY

Taking the lantern apart

Use small pliers or tin snips to cut a hole just big enough for the light fitting in the burner top and burner body. Careful, the edges are sharp. File the sharp edges down, before gluing the light fitting inside the burner top and reattaching the top to the body.

An electric enamel cup lantern makes a lovely statement - Easy DIY

Cutting the burner bits for the light fitting

Okay, now for those enamel cups. You’ll need to drill a hole in the side of the cup towards the bottom for the electric wire to fit through. Enamel is a bitch tough to try drill into. Putting masking tape over the cup helps a little and gives the drill bit something to grip onto. Plus, if the drill slips you won’t end up with awful scratches all over your enamel cup.

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The drilled holes will probably be a bit jagged and those sharp edges could be dangerous if they come into contact with the electrical wire. So to avoid a potential DIY catastrophe, insert a plastic pipe into the hole to protect the wiring.

An electric enamel cup lantern makes a lovely statement - Easy DIY

Getting the cups ready

Enamel cups aren’t very heavy, so we filled them with a little bit of plaster of Paris to add some weight.

An electric enamel cup lantern makes a lovely statement - Easy DIY

Plaster of Paris for weight

Once the plaster of Paris sets, you’re ready to put the light together.

Wiring Up the Enamel Cup Lantern

The hubby, who’s idea this was BTW 😉 knows about wiring things up.  If you’re not sure how to do it, please, please get a qualified electrician to do this bit for you. Electricity is dangerous!!! I wasn’t allowed to take any pictures of him wiring the lanterns up, because he said I might get the instructions all wrong. Or something like that 😀 So here’s a pretty picture of the lantern bits and the plaster of Paris filled enamel cup before the wiring happened. Just a small hint – the wire goes up through the plastic pipe and then into the light fitting. The light switch goes on the outside of the enamel cup.

An electric enamel cup lantern makes a lovely statement - Easy DIY

One down, one to go

Use steel epoxy to glue the burner onto the rim of the enamel cup, before adding a bulb and the chimney. Ta da, all done.

Add a unique touch to your farmhouse decor with this electric enamel cup lantern. It makes such a lovely statement #DIYHomeDecor #Farmhouse

Isn’t she pretty? I love the soft glow and farmhouse feel of the enamel cup lantern. P.S. That orchid is from our garden. She’s in full bloom right now 😉

An electric enamel cup lantern makes a lovely statement - Easy DIY

And even when the lights are off, I still think she looks stunning.

Add a unique touch to your farmhouse decor with this electric enamel cup lantern. It makes such a lovely statement #DIYHomeDecor #Farmhouse

What do you think? Have you done something a little different with enamel cups? I’d love to hear about it. If you like the idea, please don’t forget to pin it for later.
Add a unique touch to your farmhouse decor with this electric enamel cup lantern. It makes such a lovely statement #DIYHomeDecor #Farmhouse

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  • Posted: October 8, 2017 11:10

    Keri Roberts

    Michelle, the enamel cup light is beautiful!! It gives a wonderful feel to the room I'm sure. The orchid is breathtaking as well!
    • Posted: October 9, 2017 04:46


      Isn't it just lovely. We have another one called the Brassia or spider orchid that just has the most amazing flowers. I absolutely love it when she starts flowering
  • Posted: September 22, 2017 07:40


    You have orchids in your yard.... oh my that would be heavenly Michelle. The lanterns are readily available here and unfortunately not used because they aren't electric. This is a beautiful farmhouse conversion. Very well done.
    • Posted: September 22, 2017 13:32


      Thanks Leanna, we have six in our garden. Four huge ones and two smaller ones and some of them flower twice a year. We're very lucky. I suppose they're in an ideal spot ;-)
  • Posted: September 20, 2017 12:25

    Christina Makri

    Your imagination is something else!!!! It is always surprise me!!!! But I am jealous also for your garden... do you have orchids???? OMG! And one more question... this cross is something that we orthodox Christians we usually have in our homes... Are you an orthodox christian?
    • Posted: September 20, 2017 14:39


      Thanks so much Christina. We have quite a few orchids in the garden and that white one just happened to be in full bloom when I took the photos. They are such easy plants, but I think our climate helps a lot. WRT your question about the cross - I'm not an Orthodox Christian, no, but I have a huge collection of crosses, and this one is one of my favorites. The Greek Orthodox community here in South Africa is quite small but the have the most beautiful churches.
  • Posted: September 17, 2017 09:42

    Tiffany Yong

    It seems really complicated as there are certain tools which not everyone has. But I'm glad you've provided a step-by-step! I might just make it myself one day when I have my own house!
    • Posted: September 19, 2017 05:25


      These are really easy to make but I hear you about the tools Tiffany. You definitely need tin snips at least to cut the lantern bit.
  • Posted: September 17, 2017 05:07


    This is so unique and very useful. The vignette you created is perfect to showcase the light. Another great idea.
    • Posted: September 17, 2017 06:29


      Thank you so much Debra :D
  • Posted: September 16, 2017 06:55

    Julia - Vintage with Laces

    What a great idea, Michelle! That looks so adorable! I do love enamel but have only a few pieces and there's no cup among them. Maybe one day I'll find one. It must be cool to be able to pick orchids in your garden. Have a wonderful spring weekend! :)
    • Posted: September 16, 2017 10:32


      :D Thanks so much Julia, that really means a lot coming from you. We're really lucky and have loads of enamelware in our kitchen and it's super cheap here in South Africa. I was actually quite shocked when I saw the prices on Amazon. Hope you have a lovely weekend too xoxoxox
  • Posted: September 14, 2017 13:05


    Michelle, this turned into a lovely decor piece. I love the way it looks in your vignette. Perfect. Enamel cups are so wonderfully farmhouse, and you've created a pretty piece that's also functional. I wish that I had a bit of electrical know how, but I bet Bruce could figure that part out for me. At least I hope so, want to make one for our bedroom too. Thanks for walking me through it!
    • Posted: September 14, 2017 13:31


      Thank you so much Nikki, what I know about electricity is probably a little dangerous so it's best left to the hubbies ;-)
  • Posted: September 14, 2017 03:45


    That's so clever Michelle! You're really creative and this is a really useful DIY idea!
    • Posted: August 2, 2018 06:55


      Thanks so much Pammy
  • Posted: September 14, 2017 03:14

    Graciela Alexandra

    I wish I would have seen this BEFORE the hurricane! We went out and bought like a hundred lanterns to keep around the house in case the light went out! Going to save this because these are cute!
    • Posted: September 14, 2017 07:43


      I'm so glad your safe Graciela, Irma sounded terrible and so destructive
  • Posted: September 13, 2017 18:58


    I think this is an easy and beautiful DIY. It adds a very classic & timeless element, imho
    • Posted: September 16, 2017 06:40


      Thank you very much, I so glad to hear that
  • Posted: September 13, 2017 17:21


    What a great idea. This lantern would give warmth to any home, but it seems a bit challenging for me to make it :)
    • Posted: September 16, 2017 06:36


      You should give it a try Elena, it's really easy to make
  • Posted: September 13, 2017 16:54


    Another project that has me completely blown away! Seriously girl, the ideas that percolate inside your head.
    • Posted: September 14, 2017 07:43


      Thank you so much Marie :D
  • Posted: September 13, 2017 15:19

    Via Bella

    Maybe it's because of the picture, but I have a friend that would LOVE this post. I think it's so crafty and I would love to do something like that some day.
    • Posted: September 14, 2017 07:48


      I'm glad you liked it Victoria, thanks so much
  • Posted: September 13, 2017 14:03

    Shevoneese McFarlane

    So creative and beautiful. I've never really noticed anything enamel but I definitely will now. This is such an excellent DIY
    • Posted: September 16, 2017 06:37


      Oh I love enamelware and we're very fortunate here in South Africa, that most shops sell it at a bargain
  • Posted: September 13, 2017 10:10

    Calleigh Keibler - TheForkBite

    What a creative and interesting use of the enamel cup. Repurposing the old things into useful pieces is a venture that I need to tackle someday.
    • Posted: September 13, 2017 13:38


      Thanks so much Calleigh :D
  • Posted: September 13, 2017 05:29


    This is so pretty! I love using a shabby chic style of decorating.
    • Posted: September 19, 2017 05:22


      Me too Katie ;-)
  • Posted: September 13, 2017 04:10


    What a creative way to use enamel cups! I'm always impressed by your creativity!
    • Posted: September 16, 2017 06:38


      Thanks so much Samantha :D
  • Posted: September 12, 2017 23:22


    What an intriguing DIY project. I love how vintage but modern this is and it would be great in a country chic decorated home.
    • Posted: September 19, 2017 05:22


      Thanks so much :D
  • Posted: September 12, 2017 22:24


    Oh wow you are so talented! I love anything crafty but this is another level. The way you turned over the utility of the enamel cup is seriously impressive, and it's beautiful!
    • Posted: September 13, 2017 04:58


      Thank you Bea, the quick and easy crafts are always the most fun to do
  • Posted: September 12, 2017 18:01


    As always, I am amazed by your creativity. The lanterns are very cool, and I'm glad that your husband knew how to tackle the electric side of them. I love the orchid, too. It's all gorgeous!
    • Posted: September 13, 2017 04:55


      I'm glad the hubby knows those things too, thanks so much Amy
  • Posted: September 12, 2017 17:12

    Ana Ojha

    This is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the step-by-step DIY tutorial. I wish I was so creative like you!
    • Posted: September 16, 2017 06:38


      Ahh thank you Ana, I'm glad you like it
  • Posted: September 12, 2017 13:41


    What a great idea, Michelle!!! I love the beautiful lantern!!! Thank you for sharing. Kisses, my friend.
    • Posted: September 12, 2017 15:58


      Thank you Mia xoxoxoxox
  • Posted: September 12, 2017 10:04

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    Oh my Michelle you did it again! Your enamel lantern is amazing. Who would of ever thought of that except you. You have a brilliant mind that sees anazing things out of the simplest objects. I love the lantern, it is perfect for the farmhouse style.
    • Posted: September 12, 2017 13:11


      Thanks so much Linda. This one was the hubbies brain child :D
  • Posted: September 12, 2017 03:43

    FLORENCE @ VintageSouthernPicks

    That's amazing Michelle! I would never have thought of it.
    • Posted: September 12, 2017 08:05


      Thanks so much Florence :D Glad you like the idea
  • Posted: September 12, 2017 03:12

    Sadhna Grover

    This is an extraordinary genius work of changing a simple enamel cup to a lantern. I agree with Mary, consider selling them.
    • Posted: September 12, 2017 08:15


      Thanks my friend. I just wish we had more time, but for now our crafting and DIY stuff is limited to the weekends
  • Posted: September 12, 2017 00:22


    That lantern looks amazing, Michelle! You make the most beautiful things from the most basic items! I also absolutely love the orchid from your garden. So pretty!
    • Posted: September 12, 2017 08:14


      Thanks so much Tara and that orchid is beautiful. They're such easy plants, which surprised me. I always though they would be so difficult to grow
  • Posted: September 11, 2017 22:38


    Oh my gosh what a cute idea. It's so rustic and beautiful. I will definitely have to try this one.
    • Posted: September 12, 2017 08:17


      I hope you do Yana, it's real easy
  • Posted: September 11, 2017 22:24

    Angie ~ Ambient Wares

    Oh so amazing, Michelle! I'm with Mary on you selling these cute little lamps. Way to cool not to! The hubs is definitely the one who wires lamps up over here too and I'm so happy he can do it :D
    • Posted: September 12, 2017 08:12


      We were actually chatting about you guys when we made them Angie. So glad you like them ;-)
  • Posted: September 11, 2017 21:51


    What an interesting and creative use of a mug! Love how you turn it into a lamp. So many uses and functions. It's really ingenious!
    • Posted: September 12, 2017 08:12


      Thanks so much Jin, I'm glad you like them
  • Posted: September 11, 2017 20:54


    What a fabulous idea. It came out so well. I would have never thought of repurposing it into a lantern. The end result is super charming, unique and one of a kind.
    • Posted: September 12, 2017 08:11


      Thank you Tanvi :D I really appreciate that
  • Posted: September 11, 2017 18:40


    What a cute way to update your home! And easy DIYs are right up my alley - I wish that I was craftier than I am!
    • Posted: September 12, 2017 08:10


      Thanks so much Allison. This is a super easy project to try. Give it a go
  • Posted: September 11, 2017 18:00


    Wow, that turned out beautiful! I will definitely have to try this. Thanks for sharing! xo
    • Posted: September 12, 2017 08:09


      I'm glad you like them Talina, thank you
  • Posted: September 11, 2017 17:14


    Oh my Gosh, how do you come up with these inventions! I have seen these cups in our local dollar store and thought they were cute but the only thing that came into my mind was sticking a candle in them, that´s all. This is so beautiful and I´m sure glows so pretty Michelle, another one of your fantastic creations.