After my sweet hubby built these beautiful garden trellises that I designed I felt like something was missing, but what? Then it hits me they needed something that added depth to them and why not add his famous wooden lanterns? These wooden lanterns had to be different from any we had made before since they are hung outside and a candle would not work. They needed light from solar power.
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The trellis pictured below is the second one he built and this one has a planter box at the bottom.
Solar Wooden Lanterns
After making the decision to make some solar wooden lanterns I was on a mission to find the perfect solar light. I searched multiple stores but could find one I love, then I found this one and fell in love with the glass globe and then that evening I was dazzled by the shadow it casts.
How to build the wooden lanterns
Gather you supplies
- Drill (with drill bits)
- Wood (I used pieces leftover from the trellis) pressure treated 3/4″ wood, 1 by 6 deck-board
- Screws 1.5″ trim screws 10 per lantern
- Eye hook 1″
- Solar light
- Measuring tape
- Miter Saw
- Cuts (deck board cut 2 pieces at 5″ by 5″, 3/4″ wood cut 4 pieces at 1″ by 8″ and one piece cut at 3.5″ by 3.5″)
- How to build the trellis
Installing the lantern
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You will be amazed and delighted to see how easy this lantern is to make. It took minutes to construct and it is a real showstopper when added to my trellis (see the how to make a trellis HERE) and at night they cast a beautiful glow.
The promised DIY Challenge Tour stops to dazzle and inspire you to create your own masterpieces:
I hope you enjoyed learning how I made these wooden lanterns with solar lights. I adore them and my neighbors have enjoyed them too.
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