Pinterest DIY Remake: Wooden Lantern

I have decided to start a new series of posts titled Pinterest Remake. Get ready for my take on a Pinterest DIY!

Pinterest DIY Wooden Lantern

We are all guilty of mindlessly clicking through Pinterest for hours at a time ( or at least I hope it isn’t just me ) and “pinning” those oh so cute DIYs that we have every intention of eventually trying out for ourselves. Problem is… how often do we actually go back, take a look at those numerous pins, and truly try to make them ourselves?! Up until recently, my answer would have been NEVER! And quite frankly, that is just ridiculous for me as an avid DIYer and Decorator. So I am putting aside all excuses and finally tackling those projects that have had my eye for some time now.

First up? A wooden lantern! I found this great pin of an incredibly detailed video tutorial breaking down how to build a wooden lantern. I had to give this Pinterest DIY a try.

Here is what I needed to get started:

As you may have noticed, I did not specify how much of the 2″ x 2″ and 1″ x 4″ wood you will be needing. That is because it will vary depending on the size of the lantern you would like to make.The 1″ x 4″ wood will be used to make up the base and top of your lantern while the 2″ x 2″ wood will be used for the four posts.

Step One: Creating the base and top

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I decided that I wanted my lantern to be 8″ wide and 8″ long and I achieved this by joining two 1″ x 4″ boards together with wood glue, each 16″ long. I clamped them until the wood glue dried and then used my saw to cut the boards in half right at the desired 8″ length. Just like that your base and top are made and match in size!

Useful Tip!
When clamping your wood after applying wood glue, place the clamps on opposite sides with one attached from the underside of the wood. This prevents the wood from bowing or bending while the glue dries!

Step Two: Determining the height

For the four posts of my lantern, I cut my 2″ x 2″ wood into four 8″ long pieces. This achieved a cute and petite size that is perfect for my patio.

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Step Three: Prepare the posts to be attached

This is where your handy dandy Kreg Jig will comes in ( man I love this tool… review coming soon! ). Using your Kreg Jig, drill a hole into the top and bottom of each of the four lantern posts.

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Step Four: Beginning the build

Sand down all of your wood to ensure a smooth finish. Now you will want to line up one of the posts with a corner of your base and screw it on using the holes you have drilled. Repeat this step with all four corners.

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Step Five: Securing the top

Flip over what will now look like a small table and repeat the previous step to secure each of the four posts to the top of your lantern using the Kreg Jig holes as a guide.

Step Six: The rest is decorative

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To get small legs for your lantern to sit on, cut four 1″ pieces of 2″ x 2″ wood. Secure each to a corner of your lantern by simply using wood glue. No need to clamp these, just flip your lantern over and use its weight as a clamp.

On the top of the lantern, there will be a decorative feature as well in the form of a fake flume. To make it, cut 10″ of 1″ x 4″ wood in half, so that it is now 1″ x 2″ wood. Then cut it into two 5″ long pieces and two 4-1/4″ long pieces. Glue these all together to make a perfect square, let it dry, and then glue your square right onto the top of your lantern.

Step Seven: Customize your build

All your new lantern needs is a couple coats of stain, a layer of weather resistant stain, and a flameless candle to pop inside. Now you are all set to decorate with your handmade lantern and show off your Pinterest DIY!

Pinterest DIY Wooden Lantern

How I would change the design:

I really wanted to have the option of placing a burning candle in my new lantern instead of a flameless one. With the lack of an opening at the top I knew it wasn’t safe. So I figured why fake the flume? I built a slightly larger lantern to compliment the first one and make a set, but this time I put some thought into how I can create an actual flume.

To achieve this I had to alter the design pretty early on in the build. Instead of simply gluing two 1″ x 4″ pieces of wood at matching lengths to create both the base and top at the same time, I created them separately. I made sure to cut at least a 2″ rectangular piece out of one side of each 1″ x 4″ board before gluing them together to create the top. Then it was just a matter of matching it in size when creating the flume and just like that it was done! No more flameless candle!


Like the idea of a “Pinterest Remake” blog post series? Well, I am currently taking suggestions for my next Pinterest DIY, so be sure to give me some good ones in the comments!

Happy Decorating

24 thoughts on “Pinterest DIY Remake: Wooden Lantern

  1. Wow, this is BEAUTIFUL!!!! I mean, seriously, I would buy this in a store.
    I totally need to start working through my mountain long list of Pinterest to-dos haha. Thanks so much for the inspiration <3

  2. You make pinterest look soo easy! About 50% of my attempts on pinterest posts have been fails! 😛 But this looks promising! Just in the middle of redecorating and I’m definitely going to give this a shot!

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