These easy DIY Wood Lanterns are fabulous decorations for the interior or exterior of your home and can be made from scrap wood.
I love scrap wood projects! If you have been working with wood for any length of time you have probably built up an awesome pile of wood. I say awesome because there are so many amazing projects that can be made from scrap wood. So protect those scraps from anyone at all costs and stick with me through this post and I will show you how to make your own scrap wood lanterns.
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*Before you get started make sure you have your Safety Gear. For this project I recommend safety goggles, ear protection and optional N95 mask to prevent breathing wood particles during sawing and sanding.
TOOLS FOR DIY WOOD LANTERNS
- Measuring tape
- Saw – I use a Rigid Table Saw
- Miter saw
- Carpenter square
- Nail gun – I use a Ryobi Nail gun
- Small paint brush
- Scrap wood – I used scrap 1 x 4, 1 x 6, 1 x 10 (I used anything I had on hand that would work)
- 18 G brad nails in 1 1/4 inch
- Wood glue
- Wood filler – I use Elmer’s Wood Filler in Natural
- Sander or sand paper
- Paint – I used a white flat paint and Sherwin Williams in Rainwashed satin
- Spar urethane – I used this one
- Decorative drawer knobs
CUTS FOR DIY WOOD LANTERNS
Not including the drawer knobs my lanterns measured 17 inches for the small lantern and almost 21 inches for the larger lantern.
- 1 x 4s ripped cut down to 1 inch x 14 inches (side supports)
- 5 3/8 inches square (bottom and larger top)
- 3 1/4 inches square (small top)
- 4 – 1 inch x 1 inch (feet)
- 1 x 4 ripped cut down to 1 inch x 17 1/2 (side supports)
- 7 inches square (bottom and larger top)
- 5 3/8 inches square (small top)
- 4 – 1 inch x 1 inch (feet)
STEPS FOR DIY WOOD LANTERNS
Step 1) Once my cuts were done I glued and nailed (1 1/4 inch 18G brad nails) the supports to the bottom piece. I used a square to help with placement. Step 2) Next I glued and nailed (1 1/4 inch 18G brad nails) the two top pieces together and then glued and nailed the top to the four support pieces. Step 3) I glued and nailed the four feet to the bottom piece. Step 4) I filled any gaps or nail holes with wood filler and sanded the entire piece. Oops I forgot to take a pic before starting to paint. Then I painted the lanterns with paint I had on hand. The small lantern was painted with Sherwin Williams Rainwashed and the large lantern with a flat white paint. After the paint dried, I sanded all the edges again. Then I mixed 4:1 water to gray paint, painted it on the lanterns and wiped it off. This gave it an aged/worn look. I painted one of the drawer knobs and sanded the paint in spots and finished it with a sprayed exterior waterproof sealer. The other drawer knob I left as is. I drilled a hole in the top to attach the knobs.
I love how they turned out and I plan to go through my scrap pile and make more. What amazing stuff have you made with scraps? Would love for you to share in the comments below.