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Make a decorative lantern

Use simple wooden frames to craft a decorative wooden lantern.


This decorative wooden lantern is perfect for dressing up a table and is cheap and easy to make if you already have some cheap wooden frames lying around.

To make this wooden lantern four inexpensive wooden frames were glued together to make the basic frame for the lantern. This is a cheap and easy way to make your own decorative lanterns, as you already have the frames with the glass inside.

If you need to fill any gaps around the edges, squeeze a bead of No More Nails into the gaps and wipe clean with your fingertip.

GOOD TO KNOW: Pattex No More Nails adhesive stick well and dries fast. It is also suggested that you clamp the frames until the adhesive dries and leave overnight.

The base and lid for the wooden lantern is made from a scrap pieces of supawood, with a fence cap added to the top of the lid. If you don't have or can't find a fence cap, substitute using a pine knob or similar.

Pine moulding is glued around the lid to give it more structure. The moulding also lifts the lid higher, so you don't have to worry about the candle burning the top. But do only use a small candle.

To prevent the lid from slipping off, small pieces of scrap wood were glued on the underside to make sure the lid stays firmly fixed in place.

And there you have if... a cheap - and affordable - way to make a decorative wooden lantern. You can finish your lantern with acrylic paint or Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint. Remove the glass from the frames before spraying.


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