Learn How to Make Rustic Lanterns from Scrap Wood using this simple tutorial!
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
Medium gauge wire
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.
Insert 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.
Place a dot of wood glue on the ends of the posts. Nail the top square on.
Add a dot of wood glue to the inch square and place in the middle of the top square.
Glue the 2 smaller squares to the top and left dry.
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.