Jack O'Lantern

The Crafty Pumpkins
by The Crafty Pumpkins
9 Materials
3 Hours

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!

Supplies needed:

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

Black paint

Orange paint

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!

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