After my sweet hubby built these beautiful garden trellises that I designed, I felt 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 solar lights.
We have been working on a backyard makeover and we have finished a few other projects that needed to coordinate with the DIY lanterns such as, window flower boxes, DIY birdhouses, garden trellis, garden obelisk, floating deck, and the garden hose storage.
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The trellis pictured below is the second one he built, and this one has a planter box at the bottom.
DIY Wood Lanterns With Solar Lights
After deciding 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 Scrap Wood Lanterns
Gather your 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″ woodcut 4 pieces at 1″ by 8″ and one-piece cut at 3.5″ by 3.5″)
- How to build the trellis
Marking Scrap Wood for Lanterns
Adding Solar Lighting to DIY Lanterns
Installing the lantern
Easy Rustic Wooden Lanterns
You can build beautiful DIY Wood Lanterns using the same techniques. These gorgeous DIY lanterns are perfect for any event, holiday, or for parties.
Hint: For the centerpiece lantern, you can use wood glue to attach the pieces. You can also make them different heights and add a knob (like these knobs) instead of a hook.
These simple DIY lanterns can be used as home decor or on your front porch. They are gorgeous a centerpiece. For visual interest, simply add ribbon and floral to your lantern centerpiece. They make the perfect wedding table decor.
Lanterns on Garden Trellis
If you would like the step by step plans to build a gorgeous garden trellis, fill out the form below, and I will email them to you.
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 how to make a trellis HERE), and at night they cast a beautiful glow.
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The promised DIY Lighting Tour Blog posts to dazzle and inspire you to create your own masterpieces:
The first stop on tour is over at Grandma’s House DIY. My friend, Tarah, shares how she updated her basement lighting to create a moody entertainment space.
Chas from Chas’s Crazy Creations shares how she gave a lampshade a transformation.
Kirstin from White Arrows Home shares her gorgeous Christmas lighting ideas.
If you adore everything mercury glass as I do, then you are going to want to try out Kim from Shiplap and Shells DIY mercury glass lamp.
This has been a long year for everyone, so creating a cozy home has been vital. Some tips and tricks for creating a comfortable space with lighting I turn to my friend Niky from The House on Silverado for inspiration.
Cleaning a chandelier can seem like a daunting task. Mary from Life a Bella Terra shares her secrets on cleaning a chandelier.
While preparing meals, I find that under cabinet lighting provides the best task lighting—Amy from Health, Home, and Heart shares how she installs under cabinet lighting in five minutes.
Chandeliers can be updated with paint, and my friend Andrea from Design Morsels shares how to get the best results.
More DIY Projects
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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