Scrap Wood Porch Lanterns
I bet that if you went into your garage and found a few pieces of wood, you could make yourself a wooden lantern! These make great decor pieces for the porch or inside the home and can be made into whatever style or size you want!
Materials & Tools
Materials for this project:
- 2x2 lumber cut @ 18" (x4)
- 1x4 lumber cut @ 10.5" (x6)
- 1x4 lumber cut @ 7" (x2)
- 1x2 lumber cut @ 3" (x8)
- 1x2 lumber cut @ 5" (x4)
- 1/4" jute rope
- Paint or stain
Tools for this project:
- Mitre saw or skill saw
- Brad nailer
- Drill bit
- Kreg jig
Lay out your lantern design & nail together
Lay out your lantern design to see that you want each side to look like.
The 2x2's are used as the corners and the 1x2's are used for the inside design. I put a piece of wood along the top to make sure they were straight, then nailed it all together using my brad nailer.
Repeat X 4
Repeat the previous step to make the 4 sides and nail them all together!
Lantern base & top
The base and top are made of the 1x4's to make a square.
Put these together by making a few pocket holes with your Kreg jig and screw together. You can also use wood glue here too if you'd like.
Attach base & top
Attach the base and top to the 2x2's with a brad nailer.
Making the top decorative
My plan was to add a few extra pieces of wood on the top and to make a spot to put the rope for a handle. As you can see in the next photo, it doesn't look proportionate.
Not loving this look! The block looks too small on top of this big lantern, so I had to come up with another idea.
I cut 4 pieces of 1x3's to make a square on top top of the lantern. I'm hoping this will look a bit better.
Drill holes for the rope handles
Drill 2 holes of either side of the top square to thread the rope handles through.
Assemble the top
Much better! Brad nail together the top pieces to the lantern.
Here's what my lanterns look like before paint or stain. I also made a smaller lantern for this one to have a buddy out on the porch.
Paint/stain & enjoy!
Paint or stain in a colour of your choice, add the rope handle, and set out on your porch to enjoy!
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