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DIY Wooden Lantern That Looks Like You Bought It

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Skip the store! This easy DIY will take your outdoor decor to the next level.
It's BBQ season and we are all thinking grilling, hanging out on the deck or patio. But we can't sit on a plain blah deck. We have to style it up. This wooden lantern was inspired by my recent travels to Thailand and Japan. I've been wanting to make some lanterns for my outdoor space for the longest time. So finally I did it. Here's what I did.
  • diy wooden lantern that looks like you bought it
This lantern is made primarily using 3/4" and 1/2" square wooden dowels. It's quick, easy and elegant.
  • diy wooden lantern that looks like you bought it
Start off by making the 2 base frames.
  • diy wooden lantern that looks like you bought it
Insert the 1/2" slats into the frames turning at an angle. This creates a diamond shape inside the frame and adds visual interest.
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A tip when connecting the dowels: Use painters tape.
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attach the bottom trim
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The handle is made using a 14 gauge wire
  • diy wooden lantern that looks like you bought it
attach the base
  • diy wooden lantern that looks like you bought it
And you are ready to hang this baby. I am loving my new lanterns. It gives off such a romantic feel at night and dusk. The angled slats add to the visual appeal and the light reflects off of it making it look moody.
  • diy wooden lantern that looks like you bought it
I can hang it up or place it on a table or banister. And these lanterns also work well indoors.

To see more: http://toolboxdivas.com/2017/05/diy-wooden-lantern.html

Got a question about this project?

  • Big sis
    Big sis Havelock, NC
    on Jun 11, 2017

    Hmmm! Love it. I'm always looking at creating a better mousetrap! What about putting colored glass inside and wiring it. You could use it inside hung with a couple of companions at different heights. for a cool statement lighting feature. Or you could use it outside. Hmmm!

  • Littlestinker44
    Littlestinker44
    on Jun 16, 2017


    I'm in the process of making this lantern, but I'm reversing it so the bottom will be the top and I hope to be able to electrify it with an extra long cord to make it adaptable in an outdoor patio. Love the rustic look... I did struggle a bit using your measurements in placing the insert pieces. I ended up just eyeballing those placements and keeping them all aligned as I worked each of the 4 sides.

  • Tara Talley
    Tara Talley
    on Jun 17, 2017

    Where did you get this idea? It totally rocks! I can see there's no top on the lantern and there seems to be plenty of space around the candle but the other pieces don't get hot do they?

  • Tara Talley
    Tara Talley
    on Jun 17, 2017

    And I wouldn't change a thing!

  • Sandra Ruch
    Sandra Ruch
    on Jun 26, 2017

    these are fabulous!!!! Great job

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