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Easy Outdoor Decor: Make Wood Lanterns With Scrap Wood

Are you a wood hoarder like I am? If there is a scrap of wood bigger than 1x1 it gets put in the scrap wood tub just waiting to become a fabulous project. Recently I was part of a 2x4 challenge and I made a lantern with the 2x4s from pallets. I loved the way they turned out and my little brain went right to that scrap wood tub.
I made these lanterns with outside decor in mind but I can see them working their way into my home decor as well. These are super easy! Once you decide the size that will work for you you are half way there. The lantern on the left was made out of pallet 2x4 scraps, you can see that tutorial here:
Rustic Lantern: Easy and Affordable with 2x4s
2 scrap pieces wood for your top and bottom
100 total inches of scrap wood for the sides
baling wire
Wood Glue
Ryobi 2.5 in. x 16-Gauge Straight Finish Nailer
Ryobi Mitre Saw (this one is my favorite)
Drill (optional)
drill bit (optional)
For cut list with full diagram and complete tutorial follow the link below
Start by cutting you scraps to size. Then attach the 4 sides to each corner of the bottom board. Feet are optional but if you chose to have feet attach them to the bottom at this time.
Now it's time to attach the side pieces to the bottom. Once those pieces are in place you will attach the top board and then the side pieces to the top as well.
The next step is to attach the 4 short boards to the top to form a square. At this time if you would like to add wire to your lantern you will drill two holes to put the wire through. Thread the bailing wire through and attach the ends by wrapping it around itself.
I always apply a small amount of wood glue between any wood pieces I am putting together. And I must say using my small Ryobi air nailer makes this project super quick and easy! If you haven't tried using one of these suckers you need too! It's a huge time saver, not to mention smashed finger saver as well.
Make sure you head over to the blog for the complete tutorial, including cut list and diagram. And as always

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  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Mar 10, 2016

    These are beautiful! Love the stain you put on them!

  • Diva of DIY
    Diva of DIY Kansas City, MO
    on Mar 11, 2016

    Thanks Hannah! I've stained them, left them raw and painted them! I love them all!

  • Laura H
    Laura H San Leandro, CA
    on Mar 11, 2016

    you go girl!!!! those are beautiful!!!!

  • Melissa Griffin Perdew
    Melissa Griffin Perdew Buena Park, CA
    on Mar 11, 2016

    pretty cool

    • Diva of DIY
      Diva of DIY Kansas City, MO
      on Mar 12, 2016

      @Melissa Griffin Pardew Rustic is my jam!

  • Deezie
    Deezie Stratford, CT
    on Mar 11, 2016

    Love your wood lanterns, so pretty and rustic looking*

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