How To Make A Lantern From Scraps Of Wood.

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4 Hours

If you have any pieces of scrap of wood laying around like 2 by 4 or any dimension here is a easy tutorial to make this stylish Lantern that can be used inside or outside.

Step 1: Cutting the wood

You will need to cut the pieces of wood with these dimensions.

  • M/ 4 2 x 2 boards cut to 12 inch
  •  N / 2 1 x 8 boards cut 8 inch
  • O/ 8 2 x 2 boards cut 5 inch
  • P/ 4 2 x 2 boards cut 2 inch
  • Q/ 1 1 x 2 boards cut 3 inch
Step 2:

Take all the 2 x 2 boards (M) and place them on the edge of one of the 8-inch boards. (N) Glue the edges. After it dries turn over and drilled 4 wood screw to give the lantern more support.

Step 3:

Grab 8 2 x 2 boards (O) which are cut 5 inches each and put them between the 2 x 2 boards which are cut to 12 inches. Place them on the upper and lower section. There will be 8 places to place them.

Step 4:

Take the 3 inches 1 by 8 board (Q) Place the screw in for the knob first. Glue it down to the top of the 8-inch board.

Step 5:

Take four 2 x 2 boards (P) cut 2 inches and glue to the bottom of the wood board as feet.

Step 6:

 Caulk all the edges that show any gaps and sand everything before painting. Then paint it your favorite color.

Let it dry for a day before you use it outside or place a candle in it.

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  • Rynn Rynn on Aug 21, 2020

    I love your lantern; it is adorable ! And, it is sturdy as well. The color is great, and my favorite part is the beautiful crystal knob.... the icing on the cake. The lantern is staged so beautifully on your porch! Enjoy!

  • Vi Vi on Aug 07, 2022

    Beautiful... although it may look very simple, it takes thought and creativeness to make it look so good. Can be used for various occasions too...very nice for Chritmas even Elf on a Shelf would find it a great place to hide. Well done.