Boxwood Lantern




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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DIY Boxwood Lantern Plans - Dimensions

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.

DIY Wooden Lantern Plans - Step 1

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.

DIY Wooden Lantern Plans - Step 1

Step 2: Glue and nail together Top, Bottom, Sides and Lid

DIY Boxwood Lantern Plans - Step 2

DIY Wooden Lantern Plans - Step 2

DIY Wooden Lantern Plans - Step 3

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.

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DIY Wooden Lantern Plans - Step 8

Lantern LED Candles

Questions? Comments?

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