DIY Exterior Porch Lanterns


I have a great project for you today, outdoor porch lanterns. I love the tall lanterns that you find in the the home decor stores but have always found them rather pricey, often $100 or more. Well, I’m here to show you that you can make your own lanterns for a fraction of that price.
diy exterior porch lanterns, home decor, lighting, outdoor living, pallet, woodworking projects
Because I wanted these lanterns to sit on my porch I wanted to use mostly treated wood. That’s a 2×10 cut into 4 square pieces, 8 deck spindles 24 1/4″ long…just a bit taller than the 24″ glass cylinder (my cylinders were from Michaels, make sure you use a coupon!) and of course, pallet wood. I did use a few more items but these will get you started.
diy exterior porch lanterns, home decor, lighting, outdoor living, pallet, woodworking projects
Of course the deck spindles I actually used for this project are a bit taller than those pictured below(these are just my leftovers), they are just acting as stand-ins while I measure and cut my pallet wood around the glass vase.
diy exterior porch lanterns, home decor, lighting, outdoor living, pallet, woodworking projects
To make 2 vases you'll need 16 pieces of pallet wood all cut with mitered corners to fit around the cylinder vase and corner spindles.
Nail all your pieces together with finishing nails to form 4 frames. You'll only need two frames if you're making one lantern.
diy exterior porch lanterns, home decor, lighting, outdoor living, pallet, woodworking projects
With a nail gun attach your frames to the 24″ deck spindles. For a little added interest I left a 1 1/2 inch gap at the top and the bottom.
I did all my nailing without the vase inserted, it’s only inserted here to make sure it still fits.
diy exterior porch lanterns, home decor, lighting, outdoor living, pallet, woodworking projects
Now is a good time to paint before the whole thing is assembled. I used an exterior semigloss black paint.
Screw on the base.
diy exterior porch lanterns, home decor, lighting, outdoor living, pallet, woodworking projects
For the top, I used 4, 6 1/2″ spindle pieces mitered in the corners.
With a jigsaw I cut out a hole in the top 2×10″s, slightly larger than the holes created by the spindles. This hole is for heat and smoke to escape if you’re using a regular candle. If you are going to use electric candles you could skip this step.
Attach the top spindles with more finishing nails.
diy exterior porch lanterns, home decor, lighting, outdoor living, pallet, woodworking projects
Finished painting the tops and sanded all the edges. The sanding gets rid of any hardened wood fibers, softens the edges and I love the worn look.
The top does not get screwed onto the base. I thought that it would be easier to light candles and insert stuff if I left it unattached.
diy exterior porch lanterns, home decor, lighting, outdoor living, pallet, woodworking projects
Here is the final 2 lanterns sitting on my front porch.
diy exterior porch lanterns, home decor, lighting, outdoor living, pallet, woodworking projects
You'll never guess how I vented the top for a candle.
For that little trick, lots more step by step pictures and a couple other finishing details you'll just have to stop by and see me over at Scavenger Chic. See you there.
ScavengerChic

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

Go

Have a question about this project?

3 of 4 questions

Join the conversation

2 of 37 comments
Your comment...