Lanterns have become popular in modern farmhouse decor. I believe lanterns can add interest to any decor style.
When the invitation came to participate in a recent Youtube decor challenge using lanterns, I was hesitant to join because I did not have the type of lantern that I thought was worthy of sharing.
So I decided to make my own.
I searched the internet for examples of simple do-it-yourself lanterns and soon gained enough knowledge where I felt confident that I could produce a decent-looking lantern.
Honestly, I was looking for something easy to make. This was not going to be my life's work, right?
The materials used:
Wood Strips for Sides - 18" (4 )
Wood for Top and Base - 6"x 7" (2 )
Wood for 2nd Top Layer 4"x 5" (1)
1" Nails (or wood screws)
Wooden Finial (with pre-fitted screw)
I used scrap wood from my garage to fashion the top, bottom and sides. Hubby helped me make the cuts.
I used wood glue to hold the sides and base together while I nailed the pieces together. The finial was pre-fitted with a screw which made it very easy to screw into the top of the lantern. Wood filler was applied around gaps, followed by light sanding over the entire lantern.
I made two lanterns: 18" and a smaller 12" lantern. Now that I've finished, I'm definitely thinking about making a third lantern to complete the set. You will not believe how easy this was!
I finished the project with white a Chalky Finish Paint. The results were stunning!
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