DIY Farmhouse Lantern

3 Materials
30 Minutes

If you've been following along you know I jumped on the bandwagon and made a pumpkin lantern out of car tracks from the Dollar Tree. Today I'm using that same idea and repurposing a wooden roller shade I had in the basement...

To begin this project I pulled apart the shade and gathered 4 of the many wooden slats from the shade.

This project can be done with any kind of flexible slats from an old shade, even old plastic Venetian blinds.

Believe it or not, the pumpkin lantern I made recently used car tracks as the sides of the lantern.

I'm also using an old wooden sign that I no longer need as the base of this lantern.

Signs like this one can be purchased at the dollar store too.

I used Krazy Glue Gel to attach the wooden slats to the inside of the sign.

I used plastic clamps to hold them until the glue dried, these clamps come in useful for so many projects.

I used an old finial and a large washer for the top of my lantern and used hot glue to attach it.

I also used hot glue to make sure all the slats met at the top of the lantern.

You can cut the slats to make a smaller lantern but I used them full size, about 32".

When the glue was dried I removed the clamps and took it outside for spray painting.

I gave the lantern about 2 coats of white spray paint with primer.

When the paint was dry I filled the bottom of the lantern with a wreath which can be changed out for any season.

You can line the bottom of the lantern with decorative paper that can also be removed with each season.

You can also add a raffia bow to the top of the lantern if you wish.

I inserted a flameless candle in the center of the wreath and my easy lantern was finished!

I think it looks adorable and made new use of something that was headed to the trash.

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Suggested materials:

  • White paint with primer   (Amazon)
  • Super glue   (Amazon)
  • Raffia   (Amazon)

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  • Ardale Ardale on Sep 18, 2021

    Very inventive and beautiful use of things you already had laying around collecting dust. My question is since you were using everything made out of wood why did you bother using all that glue and drying time when you could have just used small screws to hold it together tightly? Your pretty centerpiece would have been much more durable with no fear of the glue coming loose when you pick it up by the knob/handle. You could have just made small pilot holes so your wood wouldn't split and made a more stable piece. If you were afraid of the thin wood slats splitting all you had to do was add a small metal washer before


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  • Mar51343263 Mar51343263 on Sep 29, 2021

    I made mine just a bit shorter y I'm so happy with it and want to make another one but taller ty so much 💓

  • Emmawilliams1 Emmawilliams1 on Sep 30, 2021

    possibly...really nice...Question? what the heck are car tracks...I thought I knew it all ! 😇

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    • Emmawilliams1 Emmawilliams1 on Oct 04, 2021

      Didn't know dollar tree sold them... My boys matchbox cars went down the wayside 55 years ago...🏁🏁😊 Thank you for the reply and again, really is beautiful By the way, to all, just heard Dollar tree just upped from $1.00 to who knows what????