15 Christmas Lanterns That'll Light Up Your Holiday Display

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

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If basic string lights aren't cutting it for you, then it's time to add some Christmas lanterns to your holiday display. They can function as a centerpiece, light up your yard, or just add some extra glow to corners of your house. Whether you want to totally DIY a lantern from scratch, or just want to dress up your existing lanterns for the holidays, we've got ideas for you on this list.

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1 O Lantern Tree
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It's Christmas, so literally anything and everything can be Christmas tree shaped. Turn paper cones into glittered trees and cut stars into them. Place a tea light inside and it'll function like a lantern.

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More: 10 Christmas Decorations You Won't Believe Are Made Out Of Paper

2 It Takes A Village
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This creative display takes multiple zinc houses and turns them into a winter village. Use copper string lights for a more vintage vibe.

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3 Winter Wonderland
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Can you even believe these pretty lanterns are made out of paper? This takes origami to the next-level.

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4 Berry Awesome
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Yellow Bliss Road

Cranberries and fresh cut juniper look stunning tucked inside a set of mason jars—especially when they're illuminated with candlelight.

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5 All The Ornaments
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These DIY ornaments are a little larger in size, making them the perfect container for a set of string lights.

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6 Winter Wonderland
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Pretty up your holiday table with the soft glow of this DIY centerpiece. Epsom salts create a snow-covered effect on mason jars.

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7 Front Door Festive
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Dimples and Tangles

Fill lanterns with colorful ornaments for a warm and welcoming entryway. Finish them with pine leaves and ribbons on top.

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More: 40 Pretty Christmas Wreaths to Add to Your Front Door

8 Pining For You
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If you don't want to spend a ton on holiday decor, you can dress your existing lanterns up for Christmas. Add a pinecone and some string lights inside and you're good to go.

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9 Vintage Vibes
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Instead of standard string lights, light up your front yard with mini lanterns. It'll add an ethereal, vintage vibe to your holiday decor.

10 Keep It Classic
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Create a festive entrance with plaid blankets and classic red lanterns on your porch. You could also use the lanterns to line your drive or walkway.

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11 Keep Calm & Plant On
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Make lanterns stand out more by putting them inside planters. Fill with pine branches and pine cones for a red and green entryway.

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12 Ice, Ice Baby
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Bet you didn't know you could make a lantern out of ice. Minds = blown.

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13 Candy Cane Lane
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These paper lanterns are stupid easy to make. Choose red and white paper for a candy cane theme.

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14 Stupid Simple
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Not even joking, you can make this lantern in 5 minutes flat. When holiday chaos hits, this will save your life.

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15 Traditional, But Not Boring
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Traditional decor doesn't have to look staid or dated. Fill white lanterns with red ornaments and tie with red bows for a fun accent.

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