Lanterns Made From Frames

13 Materials
2 Hours
Here's a project that is inexpensive, yet looks nice and can be used for any season, or just to have as part of your home decor. What's even better is that you're turning something as mundane as Dollar Tree frames into useful lanterns! Candle lovers, this one is for you! :)

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OPTIONAL SUPPLIES IF YOU WANT TO MAKE LIDS: *Note: the lids are not functional, they are just for esthetics.
STEP 1: Prep & Paint frames First, I removed the backing and the glass of all of my frames. I used an old butterknife I keep with my art supplies to push the tabs completely back.

Then I laid my frames out and sprayed them with paint...'ll want to let the fronts dry completely, then flip them over and spray the backs. Make sure to get the sides as well!
STEP 2: Secure glass in frames & assemble lantern Next, I used hot glue to put a small drop of hot glue on the inside corners of the frame, then laid the glass down so that it wouldn't fall out when the frames were sitting up. *Note: I had my glue gun on for too long which is why my glue looks yellow.
Once the glass in all of my frames was glued and secured, I assembled my two lanterns. I applied a strip of hot glue to the long edge of each side, sat them up vertically and held them together, tightly, until the glue set.
STEP 3: Trace, cut & glue foam board bottom After my lanterns were assembled, I sat each of them on my foam board and traced around the bottom of the lanterns.
Then, I cut the foam board bottoms out, along my traced outline, with a box cutter.
Here are my foam board bottoms.
After I cut out the bottoms, I applied hot glue to the edges and sat the lanterns on top.
STEP 4: Trace & cut common board for lids (optional) If you want a lids for your lanterns, you'll want to follow this step as well as the next. Much like I did for my foam board bottoms, I also sad my lanterns on a piece of common board and traced around the edge. Then, I cut the marks with a chop saw, lightly sanded the cut boards, and applied Danish oil to them.
STEP 5: Add rope to lids Next, I hammered a nail into some rope on two sides of my lids to create a rope handle.
STEP 6: Finish knobs and install Finally, I applied Danish oil onto my two knobs and installed them into the middle of my lids.
Even though the lids are just for looks, I love how these little lanterns came out! They're perfect for any occasion and all year round.

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  • Sam Sam on Jun 28, 2021

    cute idea, and its been around quite a while. i don't think hot glue is going to hold that well. and also as others have said, using real candles in them is somewhat risky. but filling them w ornaments or battery-operated candles is a great idea. could also make them as enclosures for

    glass items you want to keep just free. depending on the size of the item that is.

    a while back I made one for an oriental doll I got for a gift. it was hard to keep dust free.. i used the 6000 glue to secure sides. i did use hot glue to hold the sides tog while the 6000 glue dried.

  • Elizabeth Terrazas Elizabeth Terrazas on Jul 18, 2021

    Fantastic idea! Thanks for the share!