My husband and I have been working hard to make our backyard into a restful retreat and felt a Japanese lantern would complete this corner. However, when researching the prices of traditional lanterns I learned they can cost thousands of dollars. My husband decided to create his own lantern and this is the final result. I think he did a wonderful job! Plus, utilizing stones we had in our yard is a green alternative to purchasing a carved lantern. Placing a candle holder in the open section in the middle casts a relaxing glow and creates a soothing ambiance.