Boxwood Lantern

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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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Dimensions

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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.

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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.

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

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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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Lantern LED Candles

Questions? Comments?

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!

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  • Holly Petersen Bingeman

    Saw these on Creators Studio. They are beaitiful!!

    Holly, Creatively Living

  • What an awesome idea! I would like some lanterns like these for my outdoor table and these would be perfect. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks Karla! They are a simple and great project for an outdoor table top

  • Rose Mcdonald Carroll Farr

    I’m not sure I trust myself to cut the 2×4 in half, can I buy cut boards?

  • Max Shawver

    Made for my wife and mother-in-law. They loved it!

  • Ann Merry

    So….I am trying to wrap my head around the cutting of the 2 x 4. Are you laying the 2 x 4 down flat on the table and then taking 1/2″ “slices off of that? I am thinking that would amount to about 7 “boards” measuring 1.5″ x 1/2″ x the length of the stud. My husband says that would result in 4 boards. Please let me know who is right! Thank you!