Best Outdoor Hurricanes & Lanterns: Dotted Porcelain, Teak, Glass & Metal

Best Outdoor Hurricanes & Lanterns: Dotted Porcelain, Teak, Glass & Metal

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Maxwell Ryan
May 5, 2015

As the warm weather hits the East Coast for the first time since the cold and snow descended last fall, my mind is drifting to lazy late summer night dinners out of doors. For this you need nice candle light that won't BLOW out. There are many different kinds of "hurricane" candle holders and "lanterns" and most of them are lovely, but this list is curated around the hardest working, most useful, most affordable and most beautiful. It's a long one, but I welcome you to add your own in the comments. The one up above from those masters of Romantic Home Chic, the Tantallon's are imported and made of sheet metal.

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This lovely fresh design for an outdoor lantern is from West Elm. It is super well priced, porcelain and dotted with great holes...


Bonus: 2 DIY Outdoor Lanterns

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1. DIY Wax Paper Candle Holders - Here's a little extra material - a great DIY lantern that we found over at Design *Sponge. This DIY was originally created to satisfy the stringent 'no flame' rules of dorm life while still creating a cozy environment. I like the layered look they give as well as the frosted ambient light. All you need is wax paper, tea lights (electronic) and a little time spent folding. You could even dip the bottoms in paint or glitter for a little extra sparkle. For the full tutorial head on over to Design *Sponge.

2. How To: Make a Candle Lantern - One of our favorite suggestions of the bunch was the candle lanterns — lighting can make any outdoor space seem more special and candles hanging from the trees is certainly a magical look. Willi Galloway from DigginFood offered to show us how it's done... The full how-to and more photos can be found on DigginFood

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This is a favorite shape of mine from IKEA - an elegant curving glass hurricane that can work inside and out, as well as turn into a vase for flowers. I have two of them. Mouth blown, all glass.


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This type of wood and box construction lantern has become super popular over the past few years and for good reason. The warm, rustic appeal of the wood coupled with metal and glass add to the light to make everything even more inviting. The handle makes it easy to move around. This version, by Crate & Barrel, is nicely done and well priced.

  • Unfinished teak
  • Stainless steel handle
  • Indoor or outdoor use
  • Large accommodates up to 4"-diameter pillar candle, sold separately
  • Small accommodates up to 3"-diameter pillar candle, sold separately

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In bright polished nickel from RH, these are a fancier way to dress up your outdoor candlelight. The Yountvilles come in three finishes and range from small to tall, making them practically standing lanterns in your yard and definitely for use on the ground. They are also currently on a bit of a sale.


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I love these from C & B, and also have two of them. Well priced and nicely glassed, they come in three sizes: "Hefty hurricanes have an unusually large disk foot as broad as the shade itself. Use these hurricanes as candle holders, centerpieces, seasonal decor and more."


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Love these and never had them. Also on sale, the Hyannis are from Pottery Barn and the rope handle gives them a beachy, boaty feel (also a useful handle!); "With the look of vintage canning jars that have been repurposed, these lanterns come in different sizes to cast an array of glows around the garden or patio."


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One of the best and certainly the most affordable, the ROTERA is now, drumroll please, coming in colors! "Steel, Glass, Polyester powder coating."


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Sourced from World Market, I like this simple glass shape and wire handle because it comes in clear glass as well as five colors for a festive outdoor scene (very Mexican!).

  • Crafted of glass with metal handle
  • Holds one 3"Dia. pillar candle
  • Small size sold as set of 2
  • 6"L handle

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Switch it up. From CB2, here's a modern version of the hurricane with asymmetric shaping and mid century colors. Made of perforated iron and powdercoated finish: "Industrial sheets of iron are hand-cut and welded into 3D geometric forms that beam light through pin-dot perforations. Fixed glass cylinder within holds a single tealight, sold separately. Make it a trio with punch large white and small aqua hurricanes."


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I've never seen this design before and like it. A bit on the spendy side, but nicely detailed and very airtight to survive wind and even rain, I found this on One Kings Lane as well as on Houzz for a bit more (it is called the Suave Hurricane there).


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These persimmon and black metal lanterns are magical when lit as the light beams through to illuminate the table or objects around it with pindots of light. Found years ago and still going strong, NotNeutral is the design house. "Flowers and leaves come together to form our clean, modern organic Season pattern. Available in three sizes. They are dramatic Moroccan and Mexican-inspired lanterns that illuminate with candles through tiny pinholes to create an intimate evening glow."


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From the brilliant couple, Jorge and Anne-Marie, down in San Miguel de Allende, this lantern is one of many styles that they have designed over the years, and which, arguably, began the big outdoor lantern trend as they have been copied endlessly. It's worth checking out all their styles. The hurricane above is 16" high and 10" in diameter. The glass is handblown and the leather strap comes in multiple finishes. Email for pricing and delivery .


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