I have pieces of wood left from other repurposed projects that I wanted to put to good use. So, because it's getting close to the Fall season, I decided to do something cute for my front porch. This is what I came up with, a lighted Jack O'Lantern!
2 pieces of wood: 9" x 20" x 1/4"
2 pieces of wood: 6" x 20" x 1/4"
1 piece of wood: 8" x 12" x 1/4"
4 pieces of wood: 1" x 20" x 1"
4" tree stem
Stain (not pictured)
Polyurethane (not pictured)
String lights (not pictured)
Cricut (not pictured)
Electric saw (not pictured)
Jig saw (not pictured)
Nail gun (not pictured)
Step 1: I cut two pieces of wood, 9" x 20" x 1/4", for the front and back of the lantern. Then, I cut two pieces, 6" x 20" x 1//4", for the sides. The last piece I cut for the top is 8" x 12" x 1/4". Unfortunately, I cannot draw, so instead I used my Cricut to print a design for the face. But, you can draw your own design.
Step 2: Once I traced the face design for the lantern, I used a jigsaw to cut it out.
Step 3: I painted the outside of the lantern orange and the inside black. I painted the four wood pieces, trims, 1" x 20" x 1", black. The trims will go inside the box to hold it together.
Step 4: I stapled two of the one inch, black trims to the inside of the lantern.
Step 5: I stapled the other two trims to the inside of the lantern and stapled them to the sides, as well.
Step 6: Once the back was stapled to the sides, I stapled the front to the sides to assemble the box.
Step 7: I used a screw to attach the tree stem to the top of the lantern. I then stapled the top to the the box.
Step 8: Once I stapled the top, I stained it.
Step 9: Once the stain dried, I gave the lantern a coat of polyurethane.
Step 10: I made a raffia bow for the top of the lantern.
Step 11: I had some leftover Fall leaves, so I glued them to the top.
Step 12: For the final step, I taped string lights to the inside of the lantern. And this is what my final product looks like!