Friday, September 11, 2015

DIY Hanging Lantern

Yes this post is titled DIY hanging lanterns and my lanterns aren't even hanging in the picture.  That's okay, you get the idea that you definitely could hang them.  The glass jar is glued in place and that's a battery operated candle so no fear of fire.

Let's make these hanging lanterns because I'm sharing the free plans today.

It actually started with the hanging planter project I posted a few days ago:

The hanging planter is the same exact shape and design concept except larger.  I thought this build would be perfect for a faux lantern:

The glass jar is actually a sconce shade secured in place with E6000 glue.  
You can make the lantern for less than $15.

lumber $3
hardware $5

Below are step by step instructions to build the hanging lantern.  Always use all safety precautions when operating power tools.

  • 1 - 1x2x8 pine board
  • 1 - 2x4 @ 3 ½”l stud scrap
  • glass jar
  • 1 ¼” eye screw
  • wood glue, E6000 glue
  • 1 1/4" pocket hole screws
  • 1 1/4" finish nails
Cut List:
·      4 – 1x2 @ 9”l (sides)
·      1 – 1x2 @ 9”l (top long piece)
·      2 – 1x2 @ 3 3/4”l (top short pieces)
·      1 – 1x2 @ 7 1/2”l (base long piece)
·      2 – 1x2 @ 3”l (base short pieces)
·      1 – 2x4 @ 3 ½”l (base)

Step 1: Attach base cross pieces to base using wood glue and 1 ¼” finish nails.

Step 2: Attach sides to base cross using wood glue and 1 ¼” finish nails.

Step 3: Make top cross piece using pocket holes and attach short pieces to long piece using wood glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws.

Step 4:  Attach top to sides using wood glue and 1 ¼” finish nails.

Finish as desired and add center eye screw for hanging, glue glass shade in center using E6000.

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  1. I don't think I commented on your IG post on these, so I had to come over and tell you that I FRIGGIN' LOVE THESE!!!

    That is all :o)