DIY Wooden Lantern That Looks Like You Bought It


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.
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.
diy wooden lantern that looks like you bought it
A tip when connecting the dowels: Use painters tape.
diy wooden lantern that looks like you bought it
attach the bottom trim
diy wooden lantern that looks like you bought it
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.
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  • Kathy Haines Cramer
    on Jun 12, 2017

    This is great!!!!

  • Karen
    on Jun 16, 2017

    What length nails did you use in your nailer?

    • Tina
      on Jun 20, 2018

      In the list of materials it said 3/4" to 2" nails which I'm sure worked great since the lantern is adorable.

  • Joan
    on Aug 11, 2018

    How do i get dirt smudges off of my fabric drapes without taking them down.

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  • Amazing Grace !
    on Jul 15, 2018

    OMG, I LOVE LOVE LOVE YOUR WORKSHOP !!! I thought the lantern Idea was smashing, but I was BLOWN AWAY BY YOUR WORK AREA. Can you come to my house to help me set up my garage. I live in Florida, and have an extra room! You are one talented woman. BRAVO!!!!!

  • Jody Ritchie
    on Jul 23, 2018

    I just love this idea!!!! Love your creative thinking!!

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