Easy DIY Wooden Lanterns

6 materials
$15
1 Hour
Easy

The weather is starting to get so pretty here in Alabama & that means I do absolutely everything possible outside.


Last year I transformed our patio into an oasis, perfect for dinning & entertaining.

The only thing missing was the soft glow of candlelight.

And outdoor candles look extra glamorous in lanterns.

Supplies:

  • 1×6
  • 2×2
  • 1×4
  • Finial
  • Moss


Tutorial:

I chose to make my lanterns 12″ tall but you can manipulate the dimensions to whatever size you want!

First, cut (4) 2×2 board to 12” each. These will be the leg pieces

Next, cut (2) 1×6 boards to 6” each.

These will be the bottom & top pieces

Start by assembling the legs to the bottom base piece


Now apply wood glue, then clamp


Screw 1” screws in through the bottom base


Add 1×6 topper to the top using wood glue & finishing nails


Next, add 1×4 accent piece to the top center using wood glue & nails.


Use scrap 1×2 pieces for small leg pieces. Attach using wood glue & nails.


Screw the finial into the accent piece on the top.


Finally, it’s time to paint the lantern! I went with flat white but feel free to get crazy with the paint colors or even stain.


As a finishing touch I added moss to the base using a hot glue gun.


That’s it, Easy DIY wooden lanterns!

They are perfect for our outdoor dinners & give off such a romantic glow.

Plus they were super cheap to make!

These ones fit nicely on our DIY outdoor dinning table, but I think I might make some taller ones next!

Let me know what y’all think & where you are gonna put yours!


You can also find more DIY wooden lantern ideas here!

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