DIY Custom Wooden Lanterns

An Easy Way to DIY Custom Wooden Lanterns in Any Size

Wooden lanterns get pricey in stores. You can DIY custom wooden lanterns for just a few dollars to house your thrift store vases.

Make Your Own Wooden Lanterns

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Watch a quick step by step YouTube video of how I made these.

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Here’s What You Need

Time: 30 – 60 Minutes (plus dry time)

Materials

  • Scrap Plywood
  • Square Wooden Dowels (half inch)
  • Glue
  • Nail Gun (optional)
  • Hand Saw
  • Straight Edge
  • Pencil
  • Wood Stain

Cut List

You can make these any size you wish, however here is the cut list for the lanterns in the video. I purchased the wood dowels at Hobby Lobby and used leftover scrap plywood for the base.

Small Lantern Cuts

  • Plywood Base – 5” X 5”
  • Sides (4) – 6.5”
  • Top (4)
    • (2) – 5”
    • (2) – 4”
  • Bottom (4)
    • (2) – 5”
    • (2) – 4”

Medium Lantern Cuts

  • Plywood Base – 5.5” X 5.5”
  • Sides (4) – 7”
  • Top (4)
    • (2) – 5.5”
    • (2) – 4.5”
  • Bottom (4)
    • (2) – 5.5”
    • (2) – 4.5”

Large Lantern Cuts

  • Plywood Base – 7” X 7”
  • Sides (4) – 7.5”
  • Top (4)
    • (2) – 7”
    • (2) – 6”
  • Bottom (4)
    • (2) – 7”
    • (2) – 6”

DIY Custom Wooden Lanterns

Instructions for DIY Lanterns

  1. Start by gluing the four dowels to the base with hot glue.
  2. Next, use an industrial strength adhesive to glue the sides, allowing it to dry completely.
  3. Glue the tops side together to make the square, and then glue it on top. You can also start on the bottom and use a nail gun instead.
  4. Once your glue is dry, stain the lantern in your desired color. If you do not want to use wood stain, you can mix water with your favorite acrylic paint.

DIY Wooden Lanterns

Make these in any size you wish, just measure the vase you want to use. If you use a battery-operated candle, which I recommend, you can make a handle out of rope.

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