I have been eyeballing lanterns for over a year now – but I haven’t been able to justify the price of them – particularly since I never light candles.  I guess I think the mood and ambiance will be lost somehow….


I am more than willing to make knock-off lanterns so I can have my “fix” and stay out of bankruptcy at the same time.

These lanterns are a Pottery Barn knock-off that I first saw on Amy Krist’s blog.  I’ve taken her concept and changed up the wood and styling a bit to create a model that worked better for my needs (and limited talent).

DIY Wood Lantern
Lanterns - 2

You will need:

  • 2  2x2s at 6 feet long
  • 1  1×4 at 6 feet long  (this will give you extra wood to make a second lantern)
  • 2 1/4″ screws (pocket hole ones if you have a Kreg Jig)
  • wood glue
  • stain/paint
  • mitre saw

I will preface this by saying that filming while working is very new to me.  Showing photographs allows me to screw up without you ever knowing I did…. video is not so forgiving as you’ll see.

With special thanks to Michelle of Londonpreneurs – I give you “How to make a rustic lantern” – as performed by Dorf (aka. Me)

DIY Wood Lantern

DIY Wood Lantern

DIY Wood Lantern

DIY Wood Lantern

Even if you don’t plan on building one, you might get a chuckle from some of the screw ups – so have a watch and let me know what you think.  (Swear words have been bleeped so as to keep a PG rating).

DIY Rustic lantern - tutorial and video how to

Lanterns - 9


Just a side note – after staining the lanterns, I went over it again with a whitewash technique to give it a more weathered look.  The whitewash tutorial can be found here.

Insert a hurricane and fill with pine cones, mini pumpkins or acorns.  (These are not suitable for regular candles – mine are flameless).

If you’d like to see me screw up more video tutorials on crafts and DIY, please ‘like’ the YouTube video to let us know.

DIY Rustic Lanterns - tutorial and video how to. Pottery Barn knock-off

Have a great one!


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