Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Craft Wood Lantern DIY

Hello and Welcome! It's the first Wednesday and you know what that means - it's time for our monthly DIY Challenge hosted by Terrie @Decorate & More with Tip! In case you don't know about this DIY Challenge, on the 1st Wednesday of each month, a group of talented bloggers create something based on a theme or material that's selected by Terri, our fearless leader! This month's theme is Craft Wood Inspiration!

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I'm sure you know that lanterns delightfully elevate the mood of any home decor space with its' warmth and coziness. You see them just about anywhere - both indoors and out. And for the DIYers, it's really so simple to turn basic craft wood - including dowels and craft rings -  into a unique accent piece by creating a handcrafted lantern!   DIY lanterns can make a huge impact with very little effort and don't require much time or money to make! And the best part, you probably already have most of the materials in your stash or easily available in craft stores! 

 If you're coming over from Terri @Decorate & More with Tip, wasn't her wood craft amazing!  Follow along with my very easy tutorial on making a lantern using dowel rods and other craft wood. 

So lets get started with what you'll need to make a Craft Wood Lantern:

For my craft wood project, I was determined to make a lantern out of materials I had in my stash. I have a collection of odd dowel rods of various sizes - even a pack of ten from the Dollar Tree. But I needed at least 12 to have a decent showing. Luckily, after searching through lots of my craft containers, I was able to find 13 of the same size - twelve inches long. While searching, I also found craft rings and wood circles - all perfect to make a lantern!
Since I had twelve rods, I marked off a six inch craft ring into twelve equally spaced spots (clockwise) and hot glued them onto the craft ring.
This piece would be the beginning of the lantern base with the rods on the outside.
Then I hot glued another craft ring to the outside of the opposite end of the rods - for the top portion.

For the handle, I cut out a portion of an 8" craft ring .  .  .

sanding the cut edges to make them smooth .  .  .
and then placing the ends in a pot of boiling water to straighten the curves. 
After a few minutes in the boiling water, the ends were straight. 
While the wood ends were drying .  .  . two of the wood circles were glued together using DAP RapidFuse glue to make the lantern base stronger and .  .  .
were clamped together until dry.
Once dry, the wood base was glued to the inside of the bottom craft ring.
Next, match up the ends of the handle with the top craft ring and drill small holes into the handle.  
Since I didn't have any screws or brads thin enough to fit the width of the handle without splitting the wood, I improvised by making fasteners using floral stem wire. This was done by twirling the end of a two inch piece of floral wire using small floral needle nose pliers and .  .  . 
inserting the opposite end into the craft ring and handle. Then twirling the wire end around for a decorative effect and .  .  .
flattening both twirled wire against the wood craft ring and handle.
And finally,  attached an eight inch craft ring to the bottom exposed rods with hot glue for a matching bottom and top effect.
I decided to keep the wood natural. The lantern is so clean and chic looking! 
A nice touch for Fall or .  .  .
any colorful season!  Don't you just love the glow using a remote control 
illuminating light in the bottom of the lantern!   And doesn't the lantern look cool in purple!

Stick around and visit all the other fantastic craft wood projects shown below!

Decorate and More with Tip          Purple Hues and Me                     Pai
       Patina and Paint


  K's Olympic Nest                              Blessings by Me                       The House on Silverado 

        Junk to Gems                           Cloches and Lavender                       Bluesky at Home


  1. Okay this is amazing I love It!!! Thank you for the inspiration.

  2. OH Gail you had me at lantern! I just love how this turned out and will be pinning this to make for myself. Thanks for sharing, your tutorial was very easy to follow. LOVE IT!

  3. Awesome project, Gail. I’m so impressed how you made your vision a reality. The lantern does have a very modern look. What a great way to use all that random wood in your stash.

  4. The lantern turned out so pretty. They would look great for a wedding, too!

  5. I do love lanterns. Your tutorial is so easy to follow I feel confident I could make one. You have me thinking maybe two pendent lights above my kitchen peninsula. Thank you for the inspiration!

  6. Such a great lantern. Your creativity always impresses Gail. Happy Wednesday.

  7. Wow! Very cool. I would never have guessed you handmade that lantern. And I love the various looks with the different colors of lighting! Pinned!
    Niky @ The House on Silverado

  8. Gail, this lantern is fantastic. You vision us amazing.

    Fantastic project!

  9. Gail, it always amazes me the projects that you do. They are so intricate and lovely. Just love this one. Hope you are having a great Autumn. Your friend, Linda @Crafts a la mode

  10. Gail your lantern is super cute. I love lanterns and this one is perfect in it's detail. The tutorial was easy to follow and I'm pinning for later. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Magnifico amiga, tus trabajos siempre magníficos.

  12. Hi Gail. This is a fabulous piece. Pinned.

  13. Such a great project! Thanks for sharing on Happiness is Homemade at! Traffic Jam Weekend Link Party is also now open on my blog for sharing as well. I love how this piece looks lit up! So cute.

  14. Very clever, Gail and I love how it looks lit up! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ's.

  15. Such a lovely project Gail. It looks time consuming. i love how it looks all lit up. Thanks for sharing at Love Your Creativity. Happy weekend.

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