Create A Beautiful DIY Lantern From Dollar Store Frames

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I am really so excited with how this next project turned out. I’ve always admired lanterns but was never willing to pay the steep cost for one and I had NO idea you could make one from Dollar Store frames until I stumbled upon some ideas on Pinterest. I decided to give it a try, but adding my own spin.
I started with 6 4 x 6 frames from the Dollar Store. I bought four of the same design and two different designs. I bought some larger frames to try to make a bigger lantern and hope to share that soon. I removed the glass from the frames and gave them two coats of a pretty aqua color paint. Here is what I used:

Next, replace the glass in the frames. Use E-6000 adhesive or wood glue to adhere the four frames together to create a box. Use duct tape to secure it while it sets. I had some leftover trim from another project so I added this to the top to give it a custom look. You can see a nightstand I made over with this pretty fretwork. 

I added a knob that I had on hand to the front and decorated it in a summer, beachy look for now. I know I will enjoy changing this out seasonally and for $6 for the frames you can't beat the price! Check out more upcycled projects on my blog.

Thank you!
I hope you liked this DIY Lantern and give it a try. You can't beat the price!

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3 of 4 questions
  • Lynn
    on Aug 12, 2017

    Does this have a hinged door? And does it have a bottom? How do you hang it?
    • Julie Coates
      Julie Coates
      on Feb 1, 2018

      You could use some very sturdy glue and attach hinges to one of the frames to make a door you could open and close. You could also use another frame or a block of wood for the bottom, gluing each frame around to the base piece as you attach them.
  • Arleen
    on Aug 12, 2017

    What did you use for the base?
  • Jean Schindler
    Jean Schindler
    on Nov 9, 2017

    I must be missing something, how did you make the to p?
    • Julie Coates
      Julie Coates
      on Feb 1, 2018

      She used 2 picture frames leaned against each other at the top, then the fretwork from a previous project to fancy up the front and back. That is what she says in paragraph 3.

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