DIY Oversized Wood Lanterns

DIY Oversized Wood Lanterns

Posted by DecoArt on Apr 2nd 2019

Spring is here; now if the warmer weather will only make its way! I am getting all amped up and ready for those 70-degree temps. In preparation, I'm adding some great new additions to my patio and porch. I've been wanting to make some over-sized lanterns for quite some time for my porch. I think lanterns just add that extra something to outdoor areas. 

Today, I'll be sharing with you a tutorial on how to make one of these, in three varying sizes.

Items Needed:


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I built the largest lantern first, so here are the sizes for it:

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For the smaller lanterns, I ended up using 3/4" square dowels at 14" for the medium and 11" for the small. Both the bases and top on these are from 1x8s. I made those square. My 1x8 was actually 7". So, the top and bottom were 7"x7" for both the medium and smaller lantern. Depending on the actual size of the 1x10 for the large lantern, and the 1x8 for the others will determine the actual size you need to cut your 1x3s. As you go through this tutorial, just make sure you measure what wood you have and don't go entirely on my given measurements; just use them as a guide.

Step 1 (this tutorial is for the largest lantern. It will be similar for the smaller ones besides size and minus the 1x3s at the top): 
Secure the wood dowels to the corners of the 1x10. The easiest way to do this is to stand two dowels up vertical, place the 1x10 on top and then shimmy one of the dowels to one corner. Secure with wood glue and nails. Then do the next corners with the other dowels.

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Step 2: Secure the next 1x10 to the wood dowels to all corners.

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Step 3: Measure the distance between each dowel. Cut the 1x3's to that size. Reminder that each side might have a slightly different distance. Secure the 1x3s to the outside part of the wood dowels making sure they are flush on the outside.

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Do the same to the top part against the other 1x10.

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Step 4: Secure the 1x2s to the bottom of the lantern. Place each in a corner, glue and nail. 

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Step 5: Now it's time for the top. First, place the 1x4 in the direct middle of the 1x10. Secure in place. Second, place the 1x3 on top of the 1x4, centered. Secure in place.

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This finishes up the wood part of the lantern. It should look like this.

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For the smaller lanterns, I decided not to put the 1x3s on top just because they are smaller and it took up too much visual space.

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Step 6: Paint all the lanterns with Outdoor Living Picket Fence. This took about 2-3 coats for full coverage.

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Step 7: Paint the inside bottom and top of each lantern. I chose Wildflower for my small sized one. This took two coats.

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For the largest and medium-sized lantern, I chose Frosted Glass.

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Step 8: Use the Mediterranean Tile stencil and add some embellishment. I chose to do the bottom corners of each 1x3.

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And I also stenciled the top.

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Step 9: Add the handles. Take three pieces of jute cut at about 10" each. Knot one end, braid, and then knot at the opposite end. 

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 Secure the jute into the 1x4 using the staple gun.

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 Here are the finished lanterns!  

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These are great and big enough to add a lot of things in. Keep them empty, fill with faux flowers or potted flowers. You can even add some battery lit candles. 

Here's a good look at the colors from above. It's almost so pretty that you wouldn't want to add anything in them, which is what you want! Something that looks good on it's own, but totally works with additions. 

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I chose to use the faux variety in my lanterns since we seriously just had snow 2 days ago. There's not much growing in terms of flowers in my neck of the woods right now...except that one in the back. That's seriously the only one at the store. 

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The way that I see it, even though it's still snowing outside, warmer weather is on its way and it's definitely never too early to get started on all those outdoor projects! Plus, this is a great project that can be used for indoors too! 

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