Make this beautiful DIY Lantern to brighten up your space or as a table decoration for a wedding or event.
Decorative lanterns make a stunning décor accent for any room and you can make this one with just a few supplies.
I love the light green color of these two picture frames that I picked up at the antique store. They look a little tropical and I was so happy that there were two. When I held them up I instantly thought–beach lantern!
I used starfish on the side of my lantern but decorate with any embellishments that match your decor.
For this DIY, you’ll need a few free paint sticks that you can get at any hardware store and two small wood frames (square or rectangular). See the list of supplies and tutorial below for more details.
- 2 wood picture frames
- 12 paint sticks (free at the paint or hardware store)
- Thin tack nails
- A hammer
- A drill and a small drill bit
- 1.5-inch wood knobs for feet
- A small hack saw
- Small clamps
- Wood glue
- Hot glue
- Paint (or stain)
- Starfish or any embellishments you like
- A battery-operated (flameless) candle
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How to Make A DIY Lantern
Start by painting (or staining) your paint sticks, wood knobs for feet, and picture frames if needed.
Use short tack nails to attach the paint sticks to the sides of your picture frame
Tip: Pre-drill a hole into the paint sticks before nailing them to the picture frame. This will keep the wood from cracking. And, add a dab of wood glue for extra hold.
Use wood glue to attach knobs to the bottom of your lantern for feet.
Cut the remaining four paint sticks with a hack saw, paint them, and use wood glue to glue them horizontally to the sides of the lantern.
Finish by hot gluing starfish or other embellishments to the sides if you like. Just make sure you can fit a candle through one of the sides.
Note: Make sure to use a flameless battery-operated candle since the lantern is wood and flammable. Do not use an open-flame candle.
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