How To Make DIY Photo Memorial Lanterns To Honor Those We Love

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Do you want to make DIY photo Memorial Lanterns? I’ll show you how with this simple tutorial!

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Do you want to make DIY photo memorial lanterns? I'll show you how with this simple tutorial!

During the holidays we miss our family and friends who are far and can’t be with us and family who have passed away. 

A DIY photo memorial lantern is a beautiful way to honor those who have passed, as well as other ideas to honor those we miss.

diy photo memorial lantern with husky photo on table with paw print

A few years ago we lost our “first baby”, our Siberian Husky. She was an amazing dog and we were blessed to have her for 15 1/2 years.

Our family wanted to do something to honor her so we decided to do a couple of projects. This first one was a memorial lantern.

diy photo memorial lantern with husky photo on table

Memorial Lantern Supplies

I had a decorative lantern from Ikea, these come in a variety of sizes. We spent time picking out some of our favorite photos of her over the years. I was only going to use one per window, but we couldn’t just pick one. We wanted a collection of quality pictures.

I decided to use real printed photos as I wanted the pictures to be vibrant. I have used Vellum paper before and it is more transparent but the photos are a little harder to see by day.

diy photo memorial lantern with husky photo on table

Memorial Lanterns Instructions

We put the pictures on the inside of all 4 lantern sides.

Husky pictures on all 4 sides on the inside of the  memorial lantern.

I taped the double pictures together and there were tabs on the inside that I slid the photos into.

DIY Memorial Lantern with taped double pictures together

I bought a timer pillar candle from World Market. It is a flameless candle and has a built-in automatic timer. You turn it on at a certain time, it stays on for 5 hours, off for 19 hours, and then automatically turns back on.

diy photo memorial lantern inside with candle

Here it is lit up.

DIY memorial photo lantern lit up.

This is another memory shadow box we made in honor of her. It is actually an art frame that has a front door on it that you can open and put different art in.

We bought it on We filled it with a paw print, her collar, and one of our favorite pictures.

paw print, dog collar, and favorite pet photo.

We miss her very much. We love having this light-up lantern and when we see it we think of her and talk about all our great memories with her.

I made one of these for my mom and dad of my grandparents – one side is of their wedding pictures, and the other side is a picture of them later in life after celebrating many years of marriage together.  I’ll have to get a picture so I can add it for all of you to see.

photo collage with text overlay


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More memorial ideas

You might be interested in some more memorial ideas.

Other ways to celebrate before or after a memorial service or memorial events include

  • a sympathy candle
  • launching paper lanterns or sky lanterns
  • having a wax candle to light in memory and or place memorial candles the front window pane
  • Write beautiful memorial quotes and put them on a canvas, photo book, etc

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How To Make DIY Photo Memorial Lanterns

Make a beautiful and meaningful DIY photo memorial lantern to honor and remember those no longer with us. These would also make a thoughtful gift idea.
Course Decor and Decorating
Keyword diy memorial lanterns, diy photo memorial lantern, memorial lanterns
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 1 Lantern
Author Chas
Cost $15-20


  • Scissors


  • Lantern
  • Photos
  • Tape


  • Gather the 4 photos that you want to use in your lantern.
  • Tape them to the inside of the glass and secure with the lantern tabs.
  • Add a solar candle.
  • Enjoy your beautiful DIY photo memorial lantern!

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  1. Nice ways of keeping memories of loved ones, including pets, alive. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Linda 🙂 I truly love having it light up in her memory.

  2. How did you attach the paw print. I was trying to do something similar but struggling with how to keep the paw print in place.

    1. Great question Ginny, I used one of the command hook strips to hold it in place.

  3. I have been trying to create the perfect gift for my youngest daughter who just got married. I am not to creative, but I like the pictures in the lamp. I think 4 wedding shots would be awesome. Thank you very much, Missy P

    1. Thank you Missy and that is a lovely idea and great gift! I’d love to see pictures when you’re done

  4. I love this so much! I am going to pin it and do something similar. Thank you for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things!

    1. Thank you so much Pam and thanks for the Pin. I’m thrilled you are inspired to make one too 🙂

  5. What a lovely way to remember your sweet dog, Chas! Your memory lantern is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing it with us at the Hearth and Soul Link Party.

    1. Thank you so very much April, We miss her and this helps light up her memory. Thanks for hosting a lovely party.

  6. You are so very special Chas.

    1. You are so very sweet Jody, thank you so much for the kind words.

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