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How to Make Rustic Lanterns from Scrap Wood

June 15, 2018

Learn How to Make Rustic Lanterns from Scrap Wood using this simple tutorial!

How to Make Rustic Lanterns from Scrap Wood

I’ve gotten really into woodworking lately. Over the past few months I’ve built huge planter with privacy screen and I’m finishing up a new chicken coop (I’ll post the end results soon!). All of these projects have left with with a considerable amount of scrap wood! I wanted to make something that was easy and that would look good on the patio. I love lanterns, but the store bought ones are often expensive and the glass sides always seem to break (for me at least). These rustic wood lanterns can be made in a variety of sizes once you get the technique down (just size up/down the squares and inserts at the bottom)

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Supplies needed for Scrap Wood Lanterns

Scrap wood

Nail gun

Wood glue

Medium gauge wire

How to Make Rustic Lanterns from Scrap Wood

How to Make Rustic Lanterns from Scrap Wood

Cut the wood into the following sizes:

2- 8″ x 8″ x 1″ square boards

1- 5″ x 5″ x 1″ square

1- 4″ X 4″ x 2″ square

4- 1″ x 2″ x 12″

2- 1″ x 2″ x 5 1/4″

2- 1″ x 2″ x 6 1/2″

Place a dot of wood glue on the ends of the posts.  Nail the 12 inch boards to the square at the corners.

How to Make Rustic Lanterns from Scrap WoodInsert the 5 1/4″ and 6 1/2″ pieces in between the posts. Nail in place. Run a little wood glue on the inside seams.

How to Make Rustic Lanterns from Scrap Wood

Place a dot of wood glue on the ends of the posts. Nail the top square on.

How to Make Rustic Lanterns from Scrap Wood

Add a dot of wood glue to the inch square and place in the middle of the top square.

How to Make Rustic Lanterns from Scrap Wood

Glue the 2 smaller squares to the top and left dry.

How to Make Rustic Lanterns from Scrap Wood

Paint the lantern and drill holes on the tops sides. Insert the wire through and twist ends together. Pull through the holes to hide the twist ends.

How to Make Rustic Lanterns from Scrap Wood

How to Make Rustic Lanterns from Scrap Wood

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