Jamie recently visited the Boxwood Store in downtown Dexter, Mi. It’s a small boutique store with great rustic farmhouse charm. She feel in love with the store and the store owner, Mandy. While she was there she was inspired to make these awesome outdoor lanterns. We call them the Boxwood lantern! Best part is you can make 1 lantern out of 1 2×4 for the price of $3!
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How to build a Wooden Lantern
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Step 1: Cut 1/2″ thick boards from 2×4
Using a table saw, rip four 1/2″ thick boards from a 2×4.
Then using your table saw or miter saw cut the boards down to the following lengths.
- 2 @ 3″
- 12 @ 3-1/8″
- 4 @ 6-1/8″
- 10 @ 7-1/2″
- 8 @ 16″ (Total height minus 1″)
Note: 17” is the height of my tallest lantern (16” sides plus 1/2” thick top and bottom. The sides for the others were 12″ and 14”. Select a height you want and cut your side boards accordingly.
Step 2: Glue and nail together Top, Bottom, Sides and Lid
Step 3: Finish and Assemble Lantern
Since we made three lanterns we decided to stain them in different colors. Below are the stain colors we chose. After the stain dries, spray the lantern with a satin polyurethane.
As always, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to comment below and especially don’t forget to post pictures of your finished products in the comments! ENJOY!