Best Outdoor Candle Hurricanes & Lanterns 2016

Best Outdoor Candle Hurricanes & Lanterns 2016

Maxwell Ryan
May 17, 2016
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It's a bit chilly still in NYC, but down South and out West it must be getting lovely right about now. For the new outdoor season, I've rounded up all our best ideas for affordable to splurge-worthy natural outdoor candle hurricanes and lanterns — culled from past ideas, your comments and new research. You can also check out our Best Outdoor String Lights post. Enjoy and share your comments below.


From $19.95

New from the "little Crate", these slim, colorful hurricanes are perfect for a small urban backyard or summer picnic on your roof. They're made from powder coated iron and available in two colors and two sizes.

I like this simple glass shape and wire handle. They are also inexpensive and come in clear glass as well as five colors for a festive outdoor scene. Holds one 3" diameter pillar candle. Sold as a set of two.

One of my faves. A classic, inexpensive, durable, wind resistant lantern, the Rotera now comes in FIVE colors, and are a bit different and a little more dusty than last year's version.

Fill these with sand! Also currently 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."

This is a favorite shape of mine with multiple uses — 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.

Found at Anthro, this is a really nice collection of lanterns in multiple sizes with a striking brass finish and triangular lines. I would recommend mixing the sizes for the best effect.


From $61.25

Recommended by a reader, these hurricanes are indeed totally different with four sizes and aged terra cotta bases. Easy to clean and move, the glass is hand blown with variation within.

If you're looking for a traditional, straight-sided hurricane, this is a simple solution. 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."

New from West Elm, these brass and glass lanterns come in three sizes and add a warm gold flash to your table setting. Made in India, this type of shape is excellent for windy outdoor spaces.

Take advantage of RH's great sale prices on these lovely oversized hurricanes. In bright polished nickel, 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.

A little more traditional and quiet, this is a great solution to illuminate your outdoor dinner table, casting lots of light without the distraction of the candle inside. 11" tall, stainless steel and glass.

Spotted this on Wayfair and love the old school, casual, beachy charm of it. Heavy glass wrapped in jute cordage, this screams sand in your toes and cookouts by the water.

Bonus: 2 DIY Outdoor Lanterns

(Image credit: Design Sponge)

1. DIY Wax Paper Candle Holders - Here's a little extra material — a great DIY lantern found 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 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 candle lanterns. Lighting can make any outdoor space seem more special and candles hanging from trees is certainly a magical look. Willi Galloway from DigginFood shows how it's done... The full how-to and more photos can be found on DigginFood


New from RH, this modern adaption of the classic rectangular hurricane gives you brassy glamour as well as an incredible array of sizes right up to nearly three feet tall. Give your cozy home some hotel chic!

With the tremendous popularity of warm brass, copper and gold finishes I wanted to add this new pick. It's pricey but nicely detailed and unusual in its shape. Made of brass, iron and glass, the base is mirrored to reflect light upward.

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From the brilliant couple, Jorge and Anne-Marie, down in San Miguel de Allende, these colorful box lanterns are a new pick this year. Only one of many styles that they have designed over the years (and they, arguably, began the big outdoor lantern trend) they have been copied endlessly. It's worth checking out all their styles. Made of wrought iron with nickel or copper plate finish OR any one of a range of custom colors.

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