In an effort to clean up our garage, I’ve been looking for useful and decorative ideas to turn my scrap wood into some fun DIY projects. Now that warmer weather is here, I decided on a project that would meet the needs of more time spent outside: a DIY scrap wood lantern! Our family loves to sit outside at night, but we try not to use a ton of artificial light so we don’t attract bugs. After doing some online searches, I found my source of inspiration (see below), but — of course —knew that I could make one for much cheaper than a $200 price tag!
What You’ll Need
I already had them on hand, but if you don’t, they’re not expensive: These flameless and waterproof outdoor candles will serve as the centerpiece for your DIY scrap wood lantern.
Tip: they’ll also help you determine how high and how large you want the overall piece to be. While I wanted the lantern to add a decorative and functional element, I didn’t want the piece to overwhelm and take over the table either.
Even though I used scrap wood for this project, you can also purchase whatever materials you may want or need. For example, you can use decorative stone pebbles and faux succulent accents for a more lush look. Don’t be afraid to get creative and have fun!
- (1) 1″x 8”x13” board
- (4) 1” square dowels cut 7 1/2” long
- (2) 1” square dowels cut 11 1/2” long
- (2) 1” square dowels cut 6” long
- 220 grit sand paper
- Black indoor/ outdoor spray paint
- Instant Wood Glue
- Brad nailer (to make it more secure) with 1 1/4” nails
Let’s Get to It!
Step 1 — Cut the 1” x 8” board to 13”. This will serve as your base.
Step 2 — Cut your 1” square dowels to the lengths mentioned above.
Step 3 — Give all the wood pieces a light sanding.
Step 4 — Spray paint all the pieces and lay them out to dry.
Step 5 — Secure the pieces together in a long, rectangular shape. Using the instant wood glue helps to secure the pieces and give you a second set of hands. I started with the upright corner pieces, next added the longer side pieces, then finished with the smaller side pieces. I used the brad nailer to add an extra bit of support and rigidity.
Step 6 — Style and enjoy!
There are several different styles of scrap wood DIY lanterns out there you can make, but this one was my personal favorite.
I really loved the idea that this DIY scrap wood lantern could not only be used outdoors, but also inside on my dining table. It can also serve as table decor for a wedding reception, a baby shower, anniversary party, or any other kind of get together you like! And the best part? Other than being simple to make, they’re budget-friendly; if I didn’t already have some of the materials on hand, the total cost for the project still would have been FAR less than the original $200 price tag!
I hope you have fun making this DIY scrap wood lantern! For more DIY content and helpful tips, explore the Homes.com blog, or drop a comment for a DIY tutorial you’d love to see.