Lanterns Made From Frames

13 Materials
$20
2 Hours
Easy

Here's a project that is inexpensive, yet looks nice and can be used for any season, or just to have as part of your home decor. What's even better is that you're turning something as mundane as Dollar Tree frames into useful lanterns! Candle lovers, this one is for you! :)

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lanterns made from dollar tree frames, outdoor living
SUPPLIES:

OPTIONAL SUPPLIES IF YOU WANT TO MAKE LIDS: *Note: the lids are not functional, they are just for esthetics.
lanterns made from dollar tree frames, outdoor living
STEP 1: Prep & Paint frames First, I removed the backing and the glass of all of my frames. I used an old butterknife I keep with my art supplies to push the tabs completely back.



lanterns made from dollar tree frames, outdoor living
Then I laid my frames out and sprayed them with paint...
lanterns made from dollar tree frames, outdoor living
...you'll want to let the fronts dry completely, then flip them over and spray the backs. Make sure to get the sides as well!
lanterns made from dollar tree frames, outdoor living
STEP 2: Secure glass in frames & assemble lantern Next, I used hot glue to put a small drop of hot glue on the inside corners of the frame, then laid the glass down so that it wouldn't fall out when the frames were sitting up. *Note: I had my glue gun on for too long which is why my glue looks yellow.
lanterns made from dollar tree frames, outdoor living
Once the glass in all of my frames was glued and secured, I assembled my two lanterns. I applied a strip of hot glue to the long edge of each side, sat them up vertically and held them together, tightly, until the glue set.
lanterns made from dollar tree frames, outdoor living
STEP 3: Trace, cut & glue foam board bottom After my lanterns were assembled, I sat each of them on my foam board and traced around the bottom of the lanterns.
lanterns made from dollar tree frames, outdoor living
Then, I cut the foam board bottoms out, along my traced outline, with a box cutter.
lanterns made from dollar tree frames, outdoor living
Here are my foam board bottoms.
lanterns made from dollar tree frames, outdoor living
After I cut out the bottoms, I applied hot glue to the edges and sat the lanterns on top.
lanterns made from dollar tree frames, outdoor living
STEP 4: Trace & cut common board for lids (optional) If you want a lids for your lanterns, you'll want to follow this step as well as the next. Much like I did for my foam board bottoms, I also sad my lanterns on a piece of common board and traced around the edge. Then, I cut the marks with a chop saw, lightly sanded the cut boards, and applied Danish oil to them.
lanterns made from dollar tree frames, outdoor living
STEP 5: Add rope to lids Next, I hammered a nail into some rope on two sides of my lids to create a rope handle.
lanterns made from dollar tree frames, outdoor living
STEP 6: Finish knobs and install Finally, I applied Danish oil onto my two knobs and installed them into the middle of my lids.
lanterns made from dollar tree frames, outdoor living
Even though the lids are just for looks, I love how these little lanterns came out! They're perfect for any occasion and all year round.
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  • Libbyfg3
    on Oct 30, 2018

    Does the candle melt the hot glue?

  • Evelyn Synnott
    on Oct 30, 2018

    They look gorgeous. How can i save this info so i can return to it later?

    • Ivy
      on Feb 26, 2019

      First tap the 3 up & down dots on your browser where you opened this pg in. (top of the page). Then tap the ⭐ to bookmark & hit edit to create a file just for crafts.

  • Dixie Dey
    on Oct 30, 2018

    What is a chop saw ???

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